Over the last two weeks, we saw the stream flow on the Green River almost triple. Up from 330 CFS to 1100 CFS, this dramatic change is stream flow has released lot of new mud and sediment into the river, decreasing water clarity dramatically. To clarify, this is not the beginning of runoff, but the result of the large amount of rain we received over the last week or so. We may see the river settle a little before runoff. Typically we see runoff starting towards the very end of May/early June. The river is still fish-able further up towards the Forest Boundary, though getting there may prove to be difficult with some large snow drifts that haven’t fully melted out. Stream flow on the Green at Warren Bridge is holding steady at 792 CFS as of today, 5/17/16.
New Fork River
The New Fork got hit a little harder by the recent rain and flooding. We saw stream flow shoot up from 330 CFS to 1380 CFS (today’s reading, 5/17/16, at the Big Piney reading station). The stream flow is slowly dropping, but water clarity remains a “chocolate milk” color at the more popular Pinedale/Boulder area put-ins.
The hype is real! Soda Lake is open as of May 10th and is fishing incredibly. Large brookies and browns abound. Remember that motorized watercraft are not allowed on the lake.
We’re still seeing nymphs and streamers working the best, with the occasional blue wing olive hatch on cloudier days.
Of course the best conditions report come from the locals fishing the rivers! Come on in to the Great Outdoor Shop to find local fly patterns that work best and to receive the most up-to-date fishing conditions for rivers both down here in the valley and up in the high country. We have the largest selection of flies in Sublette County and feature a full line of fly fishing accessories. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call, (307) 367-2440.