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Fishing Hatch Report
Green & New Fork Rivers, Soda Lake
by Fishing Guide John Ross, Two Rivers Emporium
May 16, 2005

The Fishing Hatch Report is provided by local fishing guide, John Ross, of Two Rivers Emporium and Orvis shop in Pinedale. John is a licensed outfitter offering fishing float trips on the Green and New Fork Rivers and area lakes. Their Orvis Pro Fly Fishing Shop in town has a full line of Orvis products and over 600 sizes and patterns of proven flies. They carry vests, waders and fly rods and a full line of tying materials.

Hatch Report, May 16, 2005:
Green River:
The Green is starting to come up a little with runoff, but the fishing is still good. The best is on the Bridger-Teton National Forest around the Kendall Bridge area. Nymphing with brighter patterns like Purple Princes and Copper Johns have been working the best. I like to use sz 14 and sz 16 in these. Try a heavily-weighted stone fly pattern in the deeper runs. There are some stones breaking loose, and trout will eat if the fly is presented right.

New Fork River:
The New Fork is staying very clear and has plenty of water for float fishing. It has been the best spring I can remember for catching large browns. Streamers like Big Horn Specials and White Zuddlers have been working great. The water temperature is down so instead of stripping streamers, try dead drifting with a sink tip. This has worked well for our guide trips.

Soda Lake:
Soda is fishing great for the amount of trout estimated in the lake (about 2000). I prefer Soda in the late evening after the wind dies down. Fish a Plate River Special trailing an ant or scud. The catching is slow, but the trout are big!

Give John a call for information about specific fishing conditions at 1-800-329-4353 or e-mail John at

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