The best way to sum up a Fly Fishing report for the past month is easy, it was damn good! Even as we have seen more traffic than ever and lower than average flows on some rivers for much of the season the fish and fishing has really held up. Once the hot weather broke early in September conditions improved drastically. The water cooled off and the bugs(hecubas and mahoganies) began to show up a week or two before the One Fly Event. Terrestrials continued to produce until recently as the weather has changed again from autumn to winter, which looks to be temporary. Locally our flows have dropped to their winter level in the past week from 2500cfs to 280cfs at Jackson Lake dam and 3500cfs to 1300cfs at Moose. Water temps dropped(now at 48 degrees) dramatically this week as well with steady rain and snow in the valley. This morning we had 3" of snow in town and nearly 2' above 9000'. Fortunately the forecast gets us back on track with 60 degree afternoons all next week, this should provide some great fall dry fly fishing late in the day. Some lingering mahoganies, BWO's, October caddis and small flying ants should all work well after about 11am. Until then keep a dropper or streamer in play.
On other area rivers like the South Fork we are seeing great BWO hatches after 1pm and the streamer bite can be excellent. South of town on the Green flows are very low but better due to recent rain and snow. Here most fisherman are trying their luck with streamers to find that fall brownie. Keep an eye out for spawning gravel and active redds... no wading!!
Good Luck and enjoy the stunning scenery in GTNP!!
|Great brown on an ant late in the day.|
|While feeding on tricos this cutty took a small hopper.|
|The mahogany bite was excellent mid September after a rain storm.|
|Again after rain the Hecuba or fall drake produced some big cutthroats on the Snake in GTNP. This one is 19"!|
|Tricos on the Bighorn in Thermopolis, see Wind River Canyon Whitewater and Fly Fishing|
|21" brown fell for a small ant after the trico hatch!|
|Jenny Lake at its best!|
|Lewis Lake run started late in September.|