09/22/2023

09/22/2023

Pinedale Area

Pinedale Area

Fishing report

Fishing report

Bryan with a brown trout in hand

Angler: Bryan

Author: Micah Allen

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Outlook

The fall weather has fully set in with the distinct cool breeze and highs in the low sixties. This means the browns are actively getting ready for the upcoming spawn, and kokanee have filled the lower reaches of the rivers. Most of the fishing is subsurface, with the occasional fish eating the dry in a dropper rig, but the fish are very animated and eager to eat if you present it just right.

Rivers

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Green River

CFS

Flies to try

Squirmy Worm, Galloup’s BWO Jig, Para-ant

The Green is still clear and low, with some stretches becoming too low to float in most boats, but this consolidates the fish to certain, easy-to-read areas like deeper pools. Nymph and dry-dropper rigs have yielded the best results, with some of the larger fish playing lately.

CFS

Flies to try

Squirmy Worm, Galloup’s BWO Jig, Para-ant

New Fork River

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Flies to try

Kill-Whitey, Sunken Ant, Keller’s Payczech

The New Fork is fishing quite well throughout, with above-average flows for this time of year. The fish can spread out, and there isn’t as much southern migration as usual. Fishing for numbers here is still doable, with nice fish mixed in intermittently.

CFS

Flies to try

Kill-Whitey, Sunken Ant, Keller’s Payczech

Seedskadee

CFS

Flies to try

HH Sowbug, CH Wooly Bugger, Double Bunny

The Green below Fontenelle is fishing well, but the moss is still a problem. The upper reaches of the river toward the dam is still your best bet, but within a week—with the cooler weather moving in—it should kill lots of the vegetation.

CFS

Flies to try

HH Sowbug, CH Wooly Bugger, Double Bunny

Bighorn River

CFS

Flies to try

Guide Winna Spinna, 20-incher, Maldo’s PMD Emerger

The Bighorn is fishing well lately, with lots of the action still coming off on top, and the necessity for deep dredging nymph rigs is not prevalent. Hopper dropper rigs are killing it, especially in the middle of the day when the sun is up above. Mornings and evenings are still seeing strong hatches of PMDs and tricos, and we expect to see BWO’s hatching soon.

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Flies to try

Guide Winna Spinna, 20-incher, Maldo’s PMD Emerger

Author: Micah Allen

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