Warm days, cool nights and a good amount of cloud cover this past week have tempered flows a bit and levels are back down a bit. The fish are taking notice of the longer days however, and getting more active by the day. We’re still seeing most of the action subsurface with a few caddis hatches here and there on the Green. If you’re in the right place at the right time, you might just find yourself in a blizzard of hatching caddis. Don’t be afraid to try some bigger dries as well, the fish are starting to look up and a big attractor pattern like a Chubby Chernobyl or Hippie Stomper just might get crushed. Early June is a great time to get out on the water with a guide! Before the big mountain snowmelt really starts, we’ll see very active fish trying to bulk up.
New Fork River: 912 CFS @ Big Piney. Olive, yellow, and white streamers against the banks are delivering big hits. Worm patterns like the Squirmie Worms and Pool Noodles are getting a lot of attention especially when fished with a stonefly nymph like an Explosion Stone or 20 Incher in sizes 8-12. Midge nymph patterns are also still getting whacked as well, so don’t forget the Zebra Midges or Lil Foamies.
Green River: 742 CFS @ Warren Bridge. A lot of the same things as the New Fork, but with caddis emergers thrown in as well. If you do find yourself in a blizzard of caddis, try swinging emergers like the Kryptonite Caddis just under the surface as a lot of the rises you’ll see are actually fish chasing caddis up from the bottom and not sipping at the surface.
Seedskadee: 765 CFS @ Fontenelle Dam. The flows out of the dam have been dropped a bit this week to help fill the reservoir. As a result, fish are congregating together in the deeper holes a bit more and are less spread across the river. You may have to cover a bit more water to find them, but when you do, you’ll likely find several together. Midges, BWO’s, and attractor nymphs in the 12-18 size range are getting a lot of attention. Keep an eye out for rising fish as temperatures creep up, we’re seeing hatches of midges and BWO’s in the slick water bringing fish to the surface and some of the bigger foamy dry flies are getting attention.
Lakes: The high country lakes are slowly starting to open on the fringes of the Wind River Range. Catching them right around ice-off can be extremely productive if you’re willing to make the hike in. Golden trout aren’t quite accessible yet as a lot of the high country above 9,000 feet is still snowed in. With current snow levels and the prevailing weather we’ll likely start being able to get to them in late June. The front country lakes are fishing well, and folks are having very productive days on Fontenelle, Boulder, New Fork, and Willow Lakes. Trolling in relatively shallow water (less than 40 feet) near inlets and along structure has been the ticket. Don’t have a lake boat? Give us a shout to set up a trip with one of our lake fishing experts and get after some Kokanee, Mackinaw, and Rainbows!