Green River Fly Fishing Report 5.28.18 | Wyoming

Green River Fly Fishing Report

I’m happy to say that Green River fly fishing season is here! Fly fishing on the Green has really started to pick up over the past weeks. This a great time to find some of the best trout on the Green River. Our guided fly fishing trips on the Green River are producing quality trout versus greater catch numbers.

Recent rains and warm air temperatures have caused flows at Warren Bridge to increase to 3000 cfs. The snowpack is still melting out of the mountains and is currently at 136% of average, so runoff will continue for at least another few 2-3 weeks. Water temps are still chilly, but the trout don’t seem to mind!

Your best chance to hook a trophy will be with wet flies, so look for trout to be holding in soft currents and on the edges of riffles. Keep your nymphs deep and make sure you take your time on these water types. The fish are in there, but sometimes it takes 5-10 drifts to entice them to eat. It may seem repetitive to make the same cast over and over, but the trout have to see the fly to eat it. With lower visibility in murky water, patience will pay off.  Higher river flows puts a lot of food into the water column and the trout are looking for it.

There is no need to overthink your fly choices. Flies with some flash or a larger profile are really all you need. If they aren’t eating it, it’s more likely that they haven’t seen it versus being the wrong fly.  Our guides have using double nymph rigs and tying on San Juan worms in all colors,#4-6 Brown/Black  Rubber legs, #10-12 Red or Gold Copper Johns, #10-12 Flashback Pheasant tails and Hares ears.  Using a Black Leech as your point fly in this rig is effective also.
Feel free to call us at  307-690-1139 to book your Green River fly fishing trip!
Green River fly fishing

Jane Fortune is all smiles with this Green River brown trout

Green River fly fishing

Larry Fortune and a beautiful brown trout

New Fork Fly Fishing- Guides Report 5.28.18

New Fork River Fly Fishing Report

New Fork River fly fishing is now a reality!! The early season fly fishing window is upon us and has produced some trophy trout recently. River flows have increased steadily over the past week with rains and warm air temperatures. This has slowed activity for the moment, but it won’t be long until our guides are floating this gem of a river again.

Flows are currently 4680 cfs and have risen steadily over the past week from 2500 cfs! With some rain in the forecast for the next few days, look for flows to increase some more. Once this rain passes however, you can expect the river flows to decrease in the next few weeks and water clarity to return to normal. The upper stretches of the New Fork will be your best bet for finding fly fishing water with some visibility. Snow is still melting out of the Wind River mountain range, but water temperatures have reached 56-58 degrees on the lower river recently.

Expect the fish to be in the slower slack water, and also soft riffles on the inside of turns. The fish are certainly hungry after a long winter so take your time and really work these types of water.  Getting your flies deep is good, but we have also found brown trout holding in skinny water on the edges. Nymphing is the most productive and muddy water flies are going to be your best bet until the water drops and the debris settles. High water puts a lot of food in the river and the trout love this!

Our guides have been throwing pink and red worms, Rainbow Warriors, Copper Johns, and Rubberlegs in double nymph rigs. Dead drifting streamers or using them as a lead fly in this rig is also productive. Visibility in murky water is tough so think dark leeches that have a larger profile.

We will let you know when New Fork River fly fishing begins again. It won’t be long, so stay tuned on our fly fishing website!

New Fork River fly fishing

Tarra Pierce holds a healthy brown trout caught during high water from the New Fork River