After returning from his guide trip, one of our guides stated that this is the cleanest he has seen the river in October for as long as he can remember. Floating aquatic vegetation is minimal and water clarity is exceptional on the upper river.
Small bouts of rain have put the lower river off at times, including right now. The Bighorn to Mallard’s section clears quickly, call the shop for the latest river conditions down there, but I would expect it to fish well with streamers on Sunday as clarity improves and be back in shape by Monday.
While the sunrises and sets in all of it’s glory over our small hamlet of Fort Smith, it is far from business as usual. Fort Smith remains a relative ghost town for this time of year considering how good the fishing is. Afterbay and Three Mile Accesses remain closed due to the incompetence and self involved agendas of those in Washington.
For those looking to fish the upper river from Afterbay to Bighorn, access is available by way of an unimproved boat ramp on the Fort Smith side of the Afterbay. IN ORDER TO LAUNCH A BOAT THERE YOU NEED A TRIBAL TRESPASS OR RECREATION PERMIT.
Anglers able to gain access have been greeted by exceptional fishing. Black caddis continue to come off in this section of river along with pseudos. Black or olive pheasant tails continue to work great as caddis imitations fished underneath a worm or sowbug. Fish on top will eat the standard cdc caddis, harrop caddis emerger or dill’s baetis dun.
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