Well that’s a dandy! Must be the beard.
Aah, September. The elk are bugling, the ducks are flying, and the temperature swings 40 degrees every day. If you’re not used to it, that means a puffy jacket and waders in the morning and shorts and a tee shirt in the afternoon. Or one of our really cool custom branded Simms Solarflex shirts. Yeah, probably that one. In any event, chilly nights and warm days are keeping water temps right in the sweet spot, and the fish are loving it. We’re seeing a definite shift toward subsurface activity these days, with dry/dropper or nymph rigs being the ticket for those who’d rather not toss streamers. Water levels are LOW in the upper stretches of the rivers, which makes for easy wading but check with the shop before going out floating to avoid dragging the boat all day! On the lower stretches we’re also starting to see Kokanee in the river moving up from Fontenelle, so keep an eye out for the bright red fish, they just might come up and whack an indicator!
Cast and Blast! We still have a few days available for cast and blast trips coming up and with waterfowl season kicking off next weekend, it looks like it should be a good one. Give us a shout in the shop to get set up!
The Fishy Stuff:
New Fork River: 280 CFS @ Big Piney. Smallish Chubbies (12-16) with a Dunnigan’s Panty Dropper nymph have been racking ’em up this week as well as indicator rigs with a #12 20 Incher and Purple Micro Matcher. Meat chuckers are finding action on a variety of streamers, try olive/yellow Barely Legals or Home Invaders to get the big eats.
Green River: 159 CFS @ Warren Bridge. It’s low. Seriously, check in before dropping a boat in and save yourself a lot of aggravation. Forest sections are pratically impassable and hard boats and big rafts are going to struggle above Daniel. Bugs are similar to what’s happening on the New Fork, with the addition of midges. Try a Manhattan midge behind a Squirmy Worm on a nymph rig and you might be pleasantly surprised.
Seedskadee: 1190 CFS @ Fontenelle Dam. Water temps are in the sweet spot right now and the Browns are getting fired up. BWO’s, Scuds, and Pheasant Tails in #16-20 on nymph rigs are delivering consistently. We’re seeing some big browns on streamers as well, so don’t be afraid to break out the big stick and throw some meat!
Lakes: Forest service crews are making headway into the backcountry, clearing downed trees after the big windstorm that swept through. Access into the backcountry is still limited as a result, so check with the Forest Service at 307-367-4326 before making plans to head in!