Wind River Troutfitters – Fishing Reports
Green River – Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge
May 1, 2018 – “Seeds” is starting to fish well and the conditions are starting to have a few bugs flying around. For those anglers who enjoy pitching big streamers, this is the place to do it. Crawfish are abundant in this water and are the key to picking up the fish of a lifetime. Fly patterns such as midge larva, Baetis, caddis nymphs and for those streamer junkies, pay attention to rabbit leaches, crawfish patterns in rust and baby blue.
Bighorn River – Thermopolis
May 1, 2018 – The flows on the Bighorn are climbing and the fishing is generally slow to poor. The most recent flow reading was just north of 3000 cfs and is expected to increase to 3500 to 4000 cfs through late May. Peak flows should not be as high as the past two years but flows may creep up to 5000 cfs by early June and then start dropping with the inflows to Boysen Reservoir.
Fish numbers are way off over the past two years due to a number of reasons but high water, fishing pressure and the lack of sow bugs and scuds seem to be a major impact to the fish numbers and size. Successful anglers are picking fish up on Baetis nymphs in size 18 to 20, some egg patterns and on cooperating weather days there are a few good BWO hatches that get a few fishing looking up.
Local Waters – Lander
May 1, 2018 – The waters around Lander have been fishing well but with the warmer temps, the water will become off color and the fishing will slow in the coming weeks. Action has been primarily on nymph patters and the must-have pattern has been the Reece Fusion Nymph and a green caddis pupa. Remember, the areas around Lander are varied so one might have to keep an open mind and run during mid-day to find cleaner water or hatches.