Friday, October 30, 2015

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report- October 30, 2015

October is coming to a close and like clockwork light snow has begun to fall and more to come in the forecast. With that the 2015 Guide season, sad to say, is a wrap. Afternoon temps are dropping quickly and are not expected to reach into the mid 40's next week, a clear sign the window is closing. For the ardent angler some local fishing still exists and the regions' tailwaters can be epic in November. Locally, on the Snake in JH, expect some midges and decent streamer fishing, especially in the afternoon. On other rivers with good brown trout populations expect spawning to pick up and the spotty streamer bite to be good to excellent. Please keep in mind that while wading pay close attention to spawning gravel and look for signs of redds, often in tailout zones where you wade.
Enjoy these photos from our recent guide outing.
Fall brown trout never disappoint.

Ben putting the pressure on a canyon trout.

Josh Gallivan savoring a nice rainbow to hand.

Again the trout steals your heart, this what we love...wild!

Scott with a typical rainbow from the Horn in Wyoming.

Jeff Currier and Scott Smith closing the day with a double.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report: October 9, 2015

 The 2015 Guide season is nearly a wrap but great fall fly fishing is still available. The early fall season and post One Fly weather conditions have been quite nice as usual. Later in September we saw crowds drop just enough to ease the fishing pressure and with some nice hatches returning the fishing had some very special moments. Recently our flows have dropped to winter levels and this brings in the final stage of the season until air temps drop below 40 degrees in the afternoon, this could be several weeks away considering afternoon temps are close to 70 degrees lately(a silver lining to climate change perhaps).
Mornings are cool but fishing gets going about 9-10am with wet flies(droppers and streamers), by noon you likely will see trout in riffle zones sipping small BWO's or mahoganies. For now, small terrestrials are still a good bet in the afternoon, especially with a small nymph dropped below.
Enjoy this special time of year!
Matt Lenzen super stoked on this one... sight fishing on the Snake River!
Josh Gallivan ready for the One Fly, finished 1st place in Wyoming Guides.

Desmond Jennings with a gorgeous early fall brown.

Beth Bohl nabs the first fish of the day, 20" rainbow on a dry fly!
Steve Bohl super proud of this 22" rainbow.
Sue Rossi strikes gold again in GTNP.
Cory Lee embracing the Lake Trout that inhabit the Upper Snake River.
Bob Allen getting in on the action before the weather hits.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report- September 7, 2015

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report- September 7, 2015:
The busiest point of the season has passed and now we are looking at the "home stretch" to fall fly fishing in Jackson Hole and the surrounding region. In fact, the weather patterns have shifted in the past two weeks to a more early fall feel, some frosty mornings and blustery afternoon breezes. These conditions have cooled flows nicely and the best activity from the trout is most often mid-late day.
The Snake River in JH is in its prime season as the Annual One Fly Event nears next weekend. Locally, fishing pressure has been high so the trout are often picky on fly choice and presentations need to be spot on. If I was fishing the event I would choose a small mayfly pattern(mahogany) #16 or a small terrestrial(ant) #14 in most sections in Teton Park. Flows here(2200@Moose) are low for the time of year and extremely clear, the trout can be quite spooky in some areas. Hatches are a sparse blend of mahoganies, PMD's and hecuba drakes on cloudy days. Terrestrials are around but the fish are more suspect of any foam, so in my opinion a well placed mayfly gets more eats.
Areas south of JH are low and float fishing is a challenge unless you venture beyond typical floats, here numbers are less but some nice browns lurk. Check wind forecasts so not to be stuck out in upstream white caps with miles to go.

Solid Wyoming bow.
Dave Smith a stick of butter.

A good sign to drag some big bugs!

Drew Cosby on a hog.

Solid Wyoming hybrid!


Jim Baker gets a good one early in the day in GTNP!

Smiles for everyone.

Stunning trout... cannot get enough of this!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report- August 10, 2015

Here is the latest on local fly fishing conditions for the Jackson Hole area... I would go now! The season is at its busiest point, yet with ever changing weather and cooler nights with rain the fishing is going off! The Snake River  locally is flowing at a gorgeous clear flow below 3000cfs at Moose, a flow more similar to September. Best activity is most often mid-late morning but honestly you can find active fish all day, just keep changing tactics as one turns off. These fish are at point of the season where they feed all day so hunting the active areas is crucial. Best flies are a mixture of small aquatic born insects like caddis, tricos and a smattering of PMD's and then also some terrestrials are very effective later in the day- hoppers, ants and beetles. 
Other area rivers are all in good shape and reports are good to excellent. If this cool weather holds this could shape up to be an outstanding month...
Hard to believe it is already August, get out there!

Jack Nunn and I enjoying the best dryfly fishing in the region, here in GTNP.
 Flows south of Jackson are getting low so float fishing can be a challenge but if the weather is right some fun days can be had. Here expect tricos, PMD's, hoppers and ants and let's not forget... spooky trout- low clear flows.
The South Fork in Idaho has been off the radar for me but a day last week confirmed it was still fishing quite well and the traffic was not too bad at all. The morning we did well with caddis along flats and banks. Later a medium sized brown stonefly with a dropper pick up some hefty bows and a few cutthroats, overall very nice surface action.
July Green River brown.

Special place with special fish, stunning brown!

All day baby!

 The other side of the divide on the Wind River has been swinging into its best conditions in a couple years. Big dry dropper combos are a favorite otherwise we are pitching heavy streamers to dead drift in deep lies, hold on! Be sure to look up Wind River Canyon Whitewater  for guide trips in this unique drainage.
Crowheart, WY

The start of a great day!

Not the Tetons but just as stunning.

A typical Wind River double.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report- July 9, 2015

Our summer season has come into full swing over the past month and with that a busy time for local guides and anglers chasing down their experience of a lifetime. To recap May was a very wet month, then June was more seasonal until the last week when a heat wave moved into the region and afternoon temps loomed around 95degrees, rare in Jackson Hole. This accelerated some favorite hatches in both Idaho and Wyoming, often slowing the action late in the day due to warm water. Just this past week the weather broke and nice afternoon rain showers have cooled the region considerably, yet the best hatches have waned on the Green and Snake for the moment. The South Fork is hot with PMD's and sulfurs and a few sallies and golden stones.
Our guides are reporting excellent action on the Snake here in Jackson Hole and the Green is still flowing nicely and river traffic has been low due to some other regional rivers turning on earlier than normal. Locally we are fishing large attractors and a few droppers. Lastly, the hoppers have hatched early due to the heat late last month and it looks to be good very soon!
Have a great season and pay attention to water temps!
June cutthroats on Yellowstone Lake were exciting!
Bob Smith with a fine YNP native.
Earlier in June as the rivers were beginning to heat up and before the crowds.
Thanks to Blair(above) and Martin Murphy for experiencing our region, love to see big smiles!

Rio Verde's typical brownie, a stunning trout.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report- June 17, 2015

The wet and cool weather the past 6 weeks in Western Wyoming has transitioned to a more seasonable warming trend. All the reservoirs in the region are at or just below full capacity and most rivers are still running high. The great news is that some rivers and tribs are starting the long drop and within a week or two much of the region will be bursting with fishing opportunities. 
For now the fly fishing report is more of the same but daily conditions are improving. Lakes are a big part of the best June options, several nice hatches of callibaetis, damsels, brown drakes and flying ants keep the trout looking toward the surface on all the lakes, especially Lewis and Yellowstone. The Upper Snake river below Jackson Lake has dropped to a nice flow around 2900cfs, here we are seeing some caddis, sallies and small ants. The trout are nymphing in the faster lies but looking up in the slow runs.
Nice early June rainbow from the South Fork.
In Idaho, the South Fork saw a rapid rise to 16000cfs last week after search and rescue efforts ended, primarily due to the reservoir filling upstream. The word is that the fishing is holding up but it very well could slow the big bug hatch a week or more. Once the salmon flies move through the summer is in full swing and it can be tough to beat the South Fork in early July. Bring your patience, the crowds are as big as the hatches.

This brown did not get away!
Meanwhile, in lonely Sublette County the flows are high but beginning to drop. The area is marginally fishable with streamers and worms making up the normal high water fare. Also a few salmon flies and golden stones moving on the warmer days, you never know until you go!
Hot weather bring hot fly fishing to the lakes in the Tetons.
2015 Kids Fly Fishing day camp, the grass is growing quick here in JH!

An excellent and happy student.

Love June for the time spent on the area lakes, breathtaking!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report- June 2, 2015

Wow, what a wet May we just wrapped up! The weather is somewhat improved but still a bit unsettled, this is overall good for our water needs and bodes well for an outstanding mid-late summer season. Our runoff is going strong in the Jackson Hole valley and with Jackson Lake at 100% the flows from the dam are 4500cfs for a few weeks I imagine. Lakes are the best target for early June in JH but the best fishing in the region is out of the valley on the Idaho side. 
Here the South Fork and Henry's Fork are in fine condition with healthy crowds daily. The SF is not at all in its prime season, that too happens in a few weeks but the river is running fairly low for early June(10,000cfs), we expect it to rise back to 13,000 soon after an unfortunate recovery is over--missing 38 yr old angler from Ogden, UT... remember these rivers are very dangerous, use extra caution always!
The SF is mostly a wet fly show but the Henry's Fork has some great hatches going on now, golden stones, drakes and PMD's. Check in with our friends at Worldcast or TroutHunter for the latest reports.

Jackson Lake love!

May fish tacos and smoked trout dip, the best!

Sublette County before the runoff hits