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