The Snake River (WY): As seen by the eye, the Snake is experiencing its annual runoff, caused by snow melt from the mountains, muddy tributaries, rain, and warm weather. This makes catching fish right now very difficult. Mud, poor clarity, and high water are a recipe for tough fishing. With rapid melting at high elevations, the Snake should start clearing up in late June or early July.
Dry Flies: The dry fly fishing will pick up once the water levels drop and the clarity improves
Nymphs: Squirmy Worms (Red or Pink), Pat’s Rubber
Streamers: Sex Dungeon, Rusty Trombone, Sculpzilla, Wooly Buggers, Sculpins, Leaches, Circus Peanut – the main colors that will work are white or black
The Green River (WY): The Green experiences a different runoff cycle than the Snake, so it typically clears up earlier. The headwater of the river is a freestone river (not obstructed by a dam), beginning at the Green River Lakes at the base of the Wind River Mountain Range. It has recently started to fish very well from the lake to the Fontenelle dam as the flows begin to drop. It is currently running around 1500 cfs. Catching fish on the Green can be a little more difficult than other rivers, but with the right technique and flies, you can have some luck. Streamers, Pat’s Rubber Legs, and Worms are your best bet right now. In the next few weeks, the Green Drake hatch will begin, so the dry fly bite should pick up very soon.
Dry Flies: Parachute Adams, Blue Wing Olive, Green Drake, Mayfly, PMDs, BWOs, Midges
Nymphs: Squirmy Worms (Red or Pink), Pat’s Rubber Legs, Beadhead Pheasant Tails, Beadhead Hares Ear, Prince Nymphs
Streamers: Sex Dungeon, Rusty Trombone, Sculpzilla, Wooly Buggers, Sculpins, Leaches, Circus Peanut – the main colors that will work are white, black, and olive
Fish Creek (SRR): Fish Creek is tough fishing this time of year. We have started to see more and more cutthroat each week in the creek, but numbers are down due to pre-season conditions. Right now, the creeks flows are higher due to heavy rain and snow melt. This can make finding trout more difficult, as fish are tougher to spot and target. As the water levels drop, the fishing should get significantly better, as more and more cutthroat begin their migration up the creek to settle for the summer season.
Dry Flies: Golden Stones (sz 10,12), Chubby Chornobyl’s (sz 10,12), Parachute Adams (sz 16,18, 20), Blue Wing Olives (sz 16,18,20), Guides Choice (sz 16,18, 20), Split Flag Adams (sz 16,18, 20), PMDs (sz 14,16,18), Tilt Wing PMDs (sz 14,16,18), Purple Haze (sx 16, 18, 20), Mohagany Dun (sz 18,20)