09/06/2023

09/06/2023

Pinedale Area

Pinedale Area

Fishing report

Fishing report

Drift Boat on the New Fork River

Author: Eric Oram

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Outlook

Fall is in the air, and the trees are changing colors, which means our fish are starting to have what we like to call a mood change! Fish will become a little more willing to eat as our summer days shorten and our water temps drop. With low, clear water conditions on most of the river, fish are spooky and educated from the past two months of pressure, so bring your A-game to the river! We have seen a few Kokanee in the river system, and as these fish migrate upstream over the next three weeks in bigger numbers, we'll start finding trout downstream of these fish chowing down! Tricos are on the scene on most of the sections, and fish are looking for them! This time of the year is a great time to get out on the water. Most drift boat traffic is gone, water temps are headed down, and fish start changing from summer to winter mode, looking for bigger meals! We have some cooler weather going into next week, which is great news for our fishing scene.

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Green River

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Flies to try

Yeti Hopper, Jake’s No-Sink Ant, Guide Winna Spinna Trico

The Green is clear and running at a healthy CFS for this time of the year. Staying above Highway 351 is where you will find the better clarity. Some sections around Daniel and Warren Bridge area are getting too skinny for float boats, so be mindful before launching a boat. Fishing is more of a hunting game on the water this time of the year. Low, clear water presents spooky fish and challenging casts. You'll need to be able to fish all the little buckets, pockets, shelves and deeper holding water to lure out the bigger fish. Anglers are finding fish with all methods of fishing, so be willing to try hopper-dropper rigs, streamers or double-streamer rigs!

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Flies to try

Yeti Hopper, Jake’s No-Sink Ant, Guide Winna Spinna Trico

New Fork River

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Flies to try

Gulp Beetle, Parachute PMD, Perdigon

The Fork is running clear from town all the way down to the Green. The water is also very clear and getting low as fall approaches. We are finding some fish sipping dries throughout the day, so be ready to extend the leader and downsize your mayfly patterns to fool this spooky fish! Prospecting flies are still working occasionally—so until you find a feeding fish—try some hoopers, beatles, chubbys, or your favorite foam pattern! Streamer fishing is picking up, and with the cooler weather, we should see more fish moving for the larger meals!

CFS

Flies to try

Gulp Beetle, Parachute PMD, Perdigon

Seedskadee

CFS

Flies to try

Zebra Midge, Water Walker, Ray Charles

The river is getting mossy and making fishing difficult. Stay closer to the dam if you want more fishable water. Fish are feeding on the surface in small pods throughout the day, but the biggest challenge is getting your fly there before the mossy gets the best of ya! We anticipate the fishing to improve after our first few good below-freezing nights. The kokanee from the lake should be making a strong push up-river within the next few weeks, and that starts the ripple effect of improved fall fishing!

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Flies to try

Zebra Midge, Water Walker, Ray Charles

Bighorn River

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Flies to try

Bank Robber Sculpin, Euro Prince Nymph, Micro Chubby

The fishing is good most days, and water clarity is great! The moss and grass in this river are an issue, but if you are willing to work around that, fish are being caught! Tricos and PMDs are coming off daily, and if you find a morning or evening without wind, the dry fly fishing is great! Daytime rigs are mostly hopper/dropper setups and streamers! This fishery is headed into what we consider "Prime Time." We look forward to the fall and early winter on the horn, when fish are moving upstream, water temps are headed down, and the browns start to get more aggressive!

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Flies to try

Bank Robber Sculpin, Euro Prince Nymph, Micro Chubby

Author: Eric Oram

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