Fishing Report 5/14/18

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SODA LAKE IS OPEN!

Soda Lake Brookie

Brook Trout caught out on Soda Lake

Soda Lake opened on May 1st and things are starting to fish well on this fantastic still-water. There is water to fish and the fishing has been solid. We have some great new Soda Lake-specific flies tied up by Kyle Glass that are really a must-have if you head out there. Stop by the shop and pick up a selection of lake flies. The best fly line for Soda is a slow sinking line, so check out our selection of the best lake lines on the market. Make sure to fish a fresh leader – 9 foot 3x or 2x are the go-to leaders for this time of the year. If you go with trailer scuds or are fishing scuds up front on the rig, a 3x or 4x leader is standard. Leeches in black, brown, green, and purple are fishing well. Green and tan scuds in size 12-16 are producing consistent activity as well.  Basic buggers and streamers will produce fish as well.  We offer guided trips on Soda Lake, including night-time trips in late May and June. If your bucket list includes throwing enormous flies, like articulated streamers and mice to huge trophy lake browns and brookies, call the shop and ask about booking a Soda Lake evening or night-time fishing trip.

Green River- 650 cfs

The Crew out fishing on the Green

The Green River has been fishing very well over the last week, but the flows bumped up a lot the last 48 hours.  The water is a little dirty below Warren Bridge access and with the increased flows the temps have dropped a little too. The fishing is slow today, but things could change by the weekend. Streamer fishing is your best option. We recommend fishing below the dam so you can find clean water, or fishing a stillwater. The Upper Green on the Forest is a good option too! Best streamers are Black streamers with a slim profile, and yellow and white are still producing fish!

New Fork River-750 cfs

This river has been the most consistent in terms of clarity and fishing over the last few weeks. We anticipate the New Fork will continue to fish really well over the next few weeks. The upper sections are still a little skinny, but below the Boulder bridge the river is pretty easy to float. The flows have dropped a little the last 48 hours, and this coming weekend should be a great time to fish it! Same flies as the Green River. We had a few guides float from the Town section down to Airport and the water is very skinny and hard to fish as well as difficult to float.  The best reports have been between 10 am – 4 pm for the fishing window, with the streamer action picking up as the day goes on. Streamer fishing is about as good as any option as of now, but our guides have been also doing well with worms and stones under a bobber!

Seedskadee: 1500 cfs

This section of the Green River is fishing very well. Big fish have been on the move and eating! Streamer fishing is decent and the best way to catch a Big One, although the bobber fishing is more consistent and producing good numbers of fish. The next 30 days is an awesome window to fish this place, so call to book a trip!  We can accommodate up to 3 boats a day on this section of the river.

Lakes

The local lakes are fishing well. Book a trip with our guides and let them show you how they fish our local lakes. We fly fish and troll many of our lakes with great success during the river run-off. If you have never thought about a lake fishing trip give us a call and we can fill you in with details.  Best stillwaters this week were Boulder Lake and Fontenelle.  Soda Lake will be the hot topic for the next few days.

Soda Lake

If you need some pointers on flies or fly lines for this lake, stop by the shop and stock up! Leeches, Scuds, Damsels, and Buggers have been the ticket. We have some killer damsels at the shop that have been producing well. The brookies are aggressive and gorging. The browns are starting to move into the shallows during feeding time, too. Remember to give everyone out fishing plenty of space and handle the fish with care. We know its exciting when Soda opens for the season, but be respectful of other anglers and the fish, and practice good fishing ethics out there.  This lake is a special place and offers an angler with so many things to think about!  We have been working different flies and times on this lake over the past 2 weeks and can help any angler catch fish out there!  If you want to really learn the lake, book a guided trip out there and enjoy learning the secrets of fishing this stillwater!

Access Issues and Closures

New Fork: Town to Airport section has a few very tight spots for most drift boats with some early season some log jams and very skinny runs. Nothing on the section is unfloatable, but just keep your eyes on what’s coming next to avoid issues. Stop by the shop if you’re headed that way and we can give you more details. Upper Green (Forest Boundary): The road is still snow-packed. You can drive up to Kendall Bridge, but that’s it. Lots of tire tracks are visible, but most of the action is from people getting stuck, so give this area some more time to melt and dry out a bit. We will be posting frequent updates as the season progresses. Get in on these prime Green River and New Fork River conditions. Book your fishing trip today!

Seedskadee Rainbow