Pinedale Area Fishing Report: 8/22/2019

The fishing is getting better with each cool night we have at the end of August.  We are seeing the fish start to pool up and stake out their fall hideouts.  We have had lots of nice fish caught over the last 2 weeks on dry flies, as our fish are still looking up on a regular basis. We are not having much of a hatch on the lower sections of both the New Fork or Green, however big foam flies and hoppers are bringing fish to the surface.  The upper sections of the Green, above the boundary, are still getting a good morning and evening hatch, but the fish are smart this time of the year and picky!  Long leaders and small flies are producing the best on the bigger trout!  Our last week of August still has some open spots if you have been thinking about a guided trip down the Green or New Fork Rivers.  We also have private walk/wades that are open and fishing well for the next 2 weeks.

TRFC Guide Liam Cunningham helped a client catch this trophy brown on a small creek on a walk/wade trip this week.

August and September are stellar months to take a trip with our guides. Much of the boat traffic is gone and we start to have cooler nights, cloudy and cooler days, and some great big foam bug fishing! Streamer fishing can also be very productive in the low light hours of the day.  As the Fall weather moves into the Pinedale area, we will start to see the fish turn their focus from sunny warm-water hiding spots, to eating big meals and aggressive pursuit to pack on the pounds before the winter!

Walk/Wade Private Access:  Faler Creek, Cottonwood, Hockers, and the Big Sandy are still fishing well. Now that the water levels are coming down a little, these small rivers and creeks are fishing really well! Please call the shop if you’re interested in a walk/wade trip on one of our private lease waters.  TRFC co-Owner Josh Hattan had a chance to hunt down a few nice fish on a brand new lease that Two Rivers is utilizing this season! This water has not had fishing pressure for years and TRFC is only guiding this exclusive water once a week.  The season on this new lease is just coming into prime shape as the water temps are perfect for the stream, so call the shop if you’re interested in checking this place out!

Dry Fly fishing in the evening with Josh Hattan.

Green River

The Green River is fishing well from the headwater all the way down to Highway 351.  The water temps are getting a little warm, making it hard to fish below the highway. If you are looking for bugs on this river, colors are key.  Some days the fish are really wanting red, or purple, or yellow, or orange and the list can go on and on and on!  Try fishing a few different colors and patterns if the fishing gets slow. We recommend starting with a red or purple during the sunrise or sunset and then moving to a more natural color mid-day.  We have been having good success on yellow or gold in the afternoon. Try a yellow stimy or hopper in the afternoon when things slow down.  Ants, beetles, hoppers and big foam flies are all bringing fish to the surface.  Dropping a nymph a few feet under something buggy in the deeper pools will help keep the rod bent during the day!  The forest section is getting low making for some great walk/wade water but floating is getting a little tough.  The best hatches are PMD, Blue Wings, and Tricos right now! Don’t hesitate to book a float trip in the late summer or early fall on the Green.  Some of the best fish of the season can be caught as the big browns start to think about mating season in a few weeks!

A trophy brown slammed this mid-afternoon snack

New Fork River

All upper stretches of the New Fork down to Highway 351 are running clear and fishing well.  This small river is low and the fish are spooky.  Experienced anglers will have the best chance at catching fish on this unique river.  The lower sections are fishing well and are more forgiving to a beginner angler.  Big Foam can work in the low light hours, but during the mid-day sun, this river can be tough!  Streamer fishing has started to move a few nice fish again and we always get a big rush of people wanting to fish this river in the fall.  Book soon if you’re thinking about a fall trip on the Fork!

Big Spooky fish can be found when the clouds roll in!

Seedsakdee

If you’re looking for a great fall fishing trip don’t overlook this section!  Seedskadee access runs through late October and we have access to guide on all sections of the refuge and some of the best fishing on the river is in the fall!  The salmon head into the gravel runs spawning and the cuttys and bows stack behind them in the hundreds! A guided trip on this river can put you into perfect position to target the egg-eating trout in the deeper pools. Swinging small streamers or tossing a worm rig can really pay off!  The days are numbered on this river in the fall, so don’t wait if you’re thinking about a trip.

 

Our youngest fisherman with a nice brook trout caught on the fly!

Access Issues and Closures:  ALL AREAS ARE OPEN TO FLOATING

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Stay tuned for more information. We will be posting frequent updates as the season progresses. You’ll read it here first! Get in on these prime Green River and New Fork River conditions. Book your fishing trip today!

Green River: Flows at Warren Bridge are 400 cfs.

New Fork River: Flows at Highway 351 are 550 cfs.


As always, pop in the shop and check out the largest selection of flies in Sublette County, and get the most up-to-date fishing conditions firsthand.

‘Til next time: Row On!


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