Our annual runoff season seems to be coming to a close! We’re seeing the water clear up on both the Green and the New Fork, and flows slowly decreasing to a more normal level.
On the Green River, the water flow came down from ~1800 CFS on June 23 to 999 CFS at the latest reading this morning, June 28. At Warren Bridge, the water color is a bit off but the river remains quite fishable. During the heat of the day, temperatures of 67-70 F are becoming common, which means the fish are starting to become more active and feed on the surface.
The New Fork is seeing a similar trend. Water flows have decreased steadily from ~2100 CFS on June 21, to 1190 CFS this morning, June 28, at the Big Piney gauging station. Water clarity continues to be cloudier than the Green, although that trend will not continue once we see elevations of 9900-10500 ft. melt out. With temperature between 66-69 F, fish will become more active and seek hatches coming off on the surface.
Fly-wise, gray drake and golden stones continue to hatch by mid morning. We’re seeing more surface activity because of increasing air and water temperatures, but fish seem to be feeding underwater by the heat of the day, 2-4 PM.
Floating the river continues to be the best way to fish both the Green and New Fork Rivers. Be sure and book a trip today. Floats start at $390, and include lunch as well as transportation to and from the river.
Of course the best conditions report come from the locals fishing the rivers! Come on in to the shop to find local fly patterns 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, fly lines, rod and reels. If you have any questions, give us a call, (307) 367-2440.