Yes it is true, the Afterbay and Three Mile Accesses which are maintained by the National Park Service have been CLOSED!
Anglers can still access the river at state accesses: Bighorn, Mallard’s and Two Leggins. With the closures the only two floats that an angler can do is Bighorn – Mallard’s and Mallard’s – Two Leggins.
Bighorn – Mallard’s fished very well yesterday. The nymphing was very good with worms, sow bugs, sally nymphs, caddis pupa and baetis nymphs. There are still a few yellow sallies around and a good number of tan caddis hatching on the lower river.
Black caddis and pseudos continue to hatch on the upper river for those who have private access to the river. Sowbugs, zebra midges, p tails, poodle sniffers and chenille worms are working well on the upper river.
We continue to receive numerous calls about when the river will open. Unfortunately I am not a senator, political analyst or the president of the United States so I have no idea. Watch the news and wait, as soon as the government shutdown ends access to the river will immediately resume. As soon as the river reopens we will update you with a new fishing report for the upper river.