Mariah Town Brown


You may find yourself standing on the side of a river, looking out over the water at the moose grazing on the other bank or the eagles keeping watch from their perch in a cottonwood when all of a sudden your idyllic view is interrupted by some big thing smacking into your sunglasses.  If that just happened, you might be on the banks of the Green or the New Fork, and that thing that just ruined your view and made you instinctively slap your glasses off your face is probably a golden stonefly.  That’s right folks, like Carol Anne said in Poltergeist, “They’re Heeeeeere!”  We’re seeing action on top with PMD’s, Callibaetis, Sallies, and Golden Stones.  It’s time to take a look at those dry fly boxes you’ve been neglecting since October and load up on Film Critics, Circus Peanuts, and whatever other favorite floaty friends you like best.  And if those glasses just ended up in the river, we’ve got you covered there too.

Green River:  1300 CFS @ Warren Bridge.  You saw I just said, right?  That stuff.  Chubby Chernobyls, Circus Peanuts, Film Critics, Chubby Sallies.  If you’re just determined to ignore the stuff flying around, 20 Inchers and Worms are still racking up points subsurface.

New Fork River:  1050 CFS @ Big Piney.  Really, see above.  Streamer junkies can do really well right now as well with heavy sink tips in the deep stuff if the dry game isn’t your thing.

Seedskadee:  679 CFS@ Fontenelle Dam.  Ick.  It’s low and hot.  Seriously, watch the water temps and give ’em a rest as things get up towards 70.  PMD’s, Callibaetis, BWO’s, Golden Stones, Sallies, and even some hopper action.

Lakes:  Things are opening up in the high country with snow line getting a bit above 10,000′ in a lot of areas.  As the alpine lakes ice off the fishing gets downright stupid.  Leeches, scuds, chironomids, just about anything you want to throw at them up there they’ll probably eat.  In the low country (low to us anyhow) the Kokanee are still red hot in New Fork and Fontenelle.  Big lakers are still on the prowl in Boulder, and our lakes crew have been rackin ’em up consistently.