Slurp….slurp…..slurp. There it is, tucked up against the bank. Slurp. Mr. Browntooth is on the feed, sucking down rusty spinners as fast as the river can deliver them. Or is it PMD’s? Only one way to tell, so let that cast fly, get that drift, and give it half a second to set once he eats it. We all love dry flies and it’s full on here in Pinedale, so string up that rod, tie on some bugs, and get to it! We’ve still got some Grey Drakes popping up here and there along with plenty of smaller mayflies, caddis, and stones. You’ll want to make sure your fly box is well stocked as we’re seeing a big mix of bugs out there falling victim to lurking trout. Some rain this week has knocked water temps down a bit and the fish seem to be liking it. Things in the high country are blowing up as well, with the alpine lakes delivering in a big way.
The Fishy Stuff:
New Fork River: 583 CFS @ Big Piney. The New Fork is fishing well with fish taking a mix of Callibaetis, Grey Drakes, PMD’s, and Yellow Sallies. Action has been on top for the mornings and going under the surface with nymph droppers in the afternoons as the water warms. Water temps are pushing into the high sixties by late afternoon, so be mindful of fighting fish too long as they’re really easy to stress at this point.
Green River: 662 CFS @ Warren Bridge. Bugs, bugs, bugs. The Green has been producing very well this week on dry dropper combinations. PMD’s, Sallies, Grey Drakes, and big foamy dries on top with nymphs dropped underneath. We’re also seeing some flying ants around, which can be bonkers when they get thick.
Seedskadee: 1250 CFS @ Fontenelle Dam. Water levels have been lowered in the past few days but it doesn’t seem to have impacted the fishing greatly. We’re seeing a mix of mayflies and caddis, make sure you’re packing some emergers!
Lakes: Action on the frontcountry lakes has cooled off a bit but if you’re up for a hike, the mountains are calling. Leeches, scuds, chironomids, and damsel nymphs are the ticket up in the high country!
See? Sometimes we do get to wear shorts!