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Warm weather and open streams beckon

Posted: Monday, Mar 17th, 2014


With spring just around the corner, recreation opportunities like bird watching and fly-fishing are coming. For fishermen, all it takes is finding some open water.


PINEDALE – The first day of spring is only two days away, and that means warmer temperatures, the runoff and the end of winter. But this is Sublette County, and there is still a lot of snow in the mountains and winter recreation opportunities available. Whether going skiing or hitting the freshly opened water, there’s plenty of stuff to do this spring.

Currently, the Upper Green River Basin’s snowpack is around 304 percent of average, meaning there is a massive amount of snow that has been packed down firmly throughout the winter, making conditions ideal for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The options are practically limitless when venturing into the Upper Green with the Nordic skis or snowshoes, and the perfect way to spend a warm spring weekend is to simply explore.

Snow conditions are equally as good in the Wyoming Range, and even though the weather is warming up, there’s still plenty of time to get the snowmachine up to Horse Creek and spend a day cruising the trails.

For those who have had enough of winter, cold and snow, spring is coming, slowly, and bird watching, low-elevation hikes and fly-fishing are becoming available.

“We’re putting out the fly-fishing gear as we speak,” Fred Plughoft from the Great Outdoor Shop in Pinedale said. “There’s been some open water and the temperatures have been mild so there’s good fishing to be had.”

Pine Creek, Plughoft said, has been open throughout most of the winter, and as the weather gets warmer, that waterway will open up more and more. From the Fremont Lake Dam down, he added, there are open spots where a fisherman can drop a line and catch a fish. With Pine Creek’s accessibility to town and the clocks moving forward last week, it’s an easy spot to hit before or after the workday.

For the more adventurous fisherman, it might take a little bit of scouting to find some good, open water, and don’t be surprised if a favorite hole is a little bit crowded because most of the prime rivers and streams still have some ice.



For the complete article see the 03-18-2014 issue.

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