05/22/2023

05/22/2023

Pinedale Area

Pinedale Area

Fishing report

Fishing report

Woman holding trout

Author: Micah Allen

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Outlook

The local water is high, but the rivers have come up relatively gradually with overall increases every day, but no huge spikes as we have seen in the past few years. This bodes extremely well for the summer and mid-late runoff fishing once the clarity improves in the lower reaches of the Green and New Fork Rivers. Thermopolis is fishing extremely well with the anticipated drop in water levels this past week. Blue Wing Olives are hatching in great numbers starting mid-morning, and nymph fishing stretches the quality of your day considerably into the afternoon. Several lakes nearby have also thawed out recently and, as expected, are fishing great.

Rivers

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Green River

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Flies to try

Jig Twenty Incher, Jig Squirmy Wormie, Euro Pheasant Tail

The Green is still fishable but has risen considerably in the last few days. The visibility is low, so bulky and noticeable flies will be necessary to really get their attention. Surely with the upcoming cooler and slightly stormy weather, the river will calm down, and a window of opportunity will open up for some great fishing!

CFS

Flies to try

Jig Twenty Incher, Jig Squirmy Wormie, Euro Pheasant Tail

New Fork River

CFS

Flies to try

Hot Cone Wooly Bugger, Galloup’s Jig BWO, Rusty Trombone

The lower New Fork River is still very high, with runoff very much in effect on many of the major tributaries. But, the areas on the river closer to town are surprisingly calm and clear. We are still waiting for the water to warm up enough to fish on top with baetis or midges, but most fish are still tuned in below the surface. Small to medium streamers and big nymphs are the ticket, as one would expect.

CFS

Flies to try

Hot Cone Wooly Bugger, Galloup’s Jig BWO, Rusty Trombone

Seedskadee

CFS

Flies to try

Holo Z-Midge, BWO emerger, RS2

The Green below Fontenelle saw a small drop in flows since last week, and it seems the clarity didn’t change much. It is, however, fishing well if you stick to soft inside bends, large eddies and slower tail-outs. Most fish have started to key in on small bugs like midges and baetis patterns.

CFS

Flies to try

Holo Z-Midge, BWO emerger, RS2

Bighorn River

CFS

Flies to try

Lite Brite Perdigon, Missing Link, WD-40

The Bighorn River near Thermopolis is white hot right now, largely due to a significant decrease in flows from Boysen Dam. With lower water levels, the river has had more time to warm up, and the BWOs are hatching in full swing; fish have taken notice. The fish have moved into runs and riffles, and toward the middle of the day—as the hatches die off—nymph fishing has proven extremely productive. Now is the time to be there, so book a trip while you still can!

CFS

Flies to try

Lite Brite Perdigon, Missing Link, WD-40

Author: Micah Allen

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