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Fishing The Eleven Point This Coming Weekend


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Hi everyone! I tend to browse this forum, but this is my first time posting and I need some help/advice.

I'm supposed to fish the Eleven Point this Saturday with my dad and a couple of uncles, and we're looking at floating from Riverton to 142. None of us have ever fished the river and don't really know the lay of it, so I'm wondering if somebody can give me an idea of how crowded that stretch might be, how many motor boats we might run into, and, most importantly, if the smally fishing is any good that far down. I know we won't be alone, but I was just wondering if this particular part of the river might be better or worse than the rest in those regards. I've also heard that it's better to float it during the week, but work schedules get in the way. :(

We're no strangers to canoes, fast waters, big rocks, or dragging, so if anybody knows of a good part of the river that's great for smally fishing, but might be more challenging, let me know! If you're willing to share, that is. :)

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First the less-good news:

  1. Over a weekend, you will have company on the water.
  2. Canoeing along that stretch is Class I & Class II - no significant challenges other than the occasional "strainer rootwad".

Now the great news:

  1. Smallmouth fishing is generally good. Be deep and against the cover.
  2. Spin fishing: Jigs, Rooster Tail Spinners, Rebel Crawdads, and other heavy-body Spinners are personal favorites.
  3. Flyfishing: Prince nymph, Don's Crawdad, Pheasant Tail nymphs are personal favorites.

Don't miss:

  • Deep hole at Hurricane Creek (where the Beatles went swimming in 1964)
  • Morgan Spring nice stop on the right about 1 mile upstream from The Narrows (SH-142) Takeout. If adventurous, hike up to the top of the Narrows Overlook from Morgan Spring Float camp.

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Thank , 2sheds! I'll definitely keep all of that in mind.

We primarily use baitcasters, but we each carry at least one spinning rig. We use a lot of crankbaits (craw or shad colors) and spinnerbaits. Love to throw topwater if they're hitting right. And I like to throw a Chiggercraw for a bottom bait.

I was telling my dad that it's an 8 to 9 mile float, which means that we'll probably be pressed for time. I imagine we'll have to put the rods away and pick up the paddles. But that's alright. His response was "Life's an adventure!" I don't know who's more excited. There's not much that we like better than exploring new fishing water.

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First the less-good news:

  1. Smallmouth fishing is generally good. Be deep and against the cover.
  2. Spin fishing: Jigs, Rooster Tail Spinners, Rebel Crawdads, and other heavy-body Spinners are personal favorites.
  3. Flyfishing: Prince nymph, Don's Crawdad, Pheasant Tail nymphs are personal favorites.

Two sheds... I'm new to smallmouth, but are your princes and pheasant's for smallmouth? If yes, what size and do you fish them just like for trout?

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