5/25/23 fishing report
The river is high but seems to be on the tail end of runoff and there is still a good amount of snow left up high. We can hopefully expect good flows throughout the year. The lower river has been fishing well near the edges on the soft water. Avoid places where the river has a steeper gradient to it and find the flatter stretches of the river to be able to fish those soft edges. Nymphing a variety of those run off fly patterns have been doing well and do be afraid to up size your tippet to 3x. If you aren't getting caught up on sticks occasionally you probably aren't deep enough. Streamer fishing can be very successful this time of year targeting the same sort of water. We usually go big or go home when throwing streamers in the spring so leave the wooly buggers in the car and try your favorite aticulated streamer. We have plenty in the shop that have been producing fish.
The flows out of Platoro have been down recently and make the Meadows section all the way down to the Lake Fork really accessible and fishable right now. As long as the flow below Platoro Dam stays low, expect hatches of BWOs and midges as well as some rising trout throughout the day. Nymphing annelids, midges, smaller mayfly patterns and emergers has also been really successful in the meadows lately. Downstream towards the Lake Fork, the pocket water is fishable. Try fishing a dry=dropper rig through here with an attractor pattern on top and some sort of mayfly nymph below.
Stop in the shop or give us a call for the most up to date report and fly recommendations. Booking a guide trip can be a great way to learn how to tackle this river.