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

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report: May 19, 2015

The report for the past week and the next week is RAIN! Wow, what a much needed wet Spring we are having, who would have thought after such a warm and fairly dry winter. In any case, we are still fishing and some drainages are reporting great action! Here in Jackson Hole the best conditions are found on Jackson and the other lakes along the Tetons. The upper Snake River below Jackson Lake Dam is fishing well with streamers and nymphs but if you are not familiar with this water it can be daunting, much like fishing a lake. Until we see the bugs wake up the trout are quite happy patrolling the deeper runs. Anticipating higher flows on that upper reach in the next week or so as the lake fills.
Jackson Lake has been outstanding! The brown trout fishery there is really coming around, some days you catch more browns than macs and cutthroats combined. In my eyes it is still the best lake trout fishery in the region. Work ledges, points and large flats with moderate depth(8'-15'), our best flies have been minnow jig streamers and large marabou leeches on type IV sinking lines.
Gorgeous cutthroat from the Upper Snake River (early May).

My daughter, Sydney with an after school, neighborhood cutthroat.
Outside our valley the fishing has been very good on the Henry's Fork and decent on the South Fork. The HF is in the middle of salmon fly mania, lots of bugs and anglers but the trout are holding up, brave the crowds and you might have the best day of the year! The SF is in flush mode but past peak and is beginning to drop, currently 15,000cfs. Here try worms and streamers up on flooded grass and quite backwaters... water is cold so slow your retrieve a bit.
Lastly, the Blackfoot Carp Tournament was held last weekend. This year the event is in a transition moving to different organizers and paired with terrible weather the turnout was low but the die hards that showed had a great time camping, fishing and catching up with old guide friends. The following is a quick photo re-cap.
Tight Lines before Summer hits!

Hunting down the carp is always fun, Day1.

Decent weather in the mornings but the fish held offshore and were hard to find in numbers.

First carp to hand but just a baby at 10 lbs.

I love these fish more each year, quite interesting and not always easy to catch on a fly.

Blackfoot callibaetis.

Is it a carp?

No, but a dandy rainbow, awesome by-catch!

Driving from spot to spot these rod holders are sweet to have.

Waiting for the storm and wind to pass, beer thirty!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report- May 6, 2015

Runoff mode on most area rivers, except tailwater sections, is the main theme this time each year. With that said, if you know what to look for and apply proper streamer techniques for turbid water, you can still catch some trout, often some large brown trout. Some heavy hatches of caddis are the norm in Eastern Idaho along the Henry's Fork, other than that we are still a few weeks away from any major bug happenings in Western Wyoming. Streamers paired with sinking lines are the best along the Green drainage and upper Snake in Teton Park. Perhaps the best action can be found on Jackson Lake locally as ice came off a week ago. Fish are patrolling the shallows(3-8') for now. I like white zonkers and large black buggers again on a sinking line or jig head, work these along drop offs and points. 
Stay tuned, things are about to get good!
Bill is on a 20" roll, 2 for 2... this cutty had a unique snout that I have seen before but not sure of its cause.

1st float from Pacific Creek to Moose, ever! Deadmans still closed so we went for the 17miler, it paid off!

New visitor, Ben Hayes was so stoked he was ready to book next year's dates.

Damn good streamer bite this spring!

Graduate student, Julia did quite well from the back of the boat with a fast sinking line and a basic bugger.

Jim doing what he does best.

GTFF guide, Dave Smith showing off a nice early season brownie.

Colorado Cutthroat from the Green River drainage.