Monday, April 27, 2009

Back in the Clear... for now!

The past two weeks we have seen it all weather wise... last week ushered in near summer like temps topping out at 70! This made for some enjoyable outside time, however the snowpack at all elevations began to melt and the rivers all came up rather quickly putting the brakes on any trout hunting (forced me to fish a new lake, which I always welcome new water). Over the weekend a cold front rolled in and the imminent runoff is on hold for now... this happens almost every year and for many offers a prime opportunity to chase hungry trout before the real runoff starts, historically around May 5 or so. The Snake river is fishing well with midges and baetis on top and streamers are getting more follows than hook ups due to the early season pressure we have seen. The South Fork is HUGE! In my opinion a waste of time at this high, cold flow(16,200cfs)... if it comes down to 13,000 or less and is stable the wet fly fishing can heat up.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Spring Break... Fruita Style!

Now, with the village closed for the season it is time for shifting gears and this year I headed to Fruita, CO with some friends and our mtn. bikes. We had some spectacular riding in the Book Cliffs region and the famous Kokopelli trail area and not to mention relaxing camping at Highline State Park, what a way to close out a ski season and dust of the bikes and of course, the fly rods. We also wet a line on a Wyoming river Easter Sunday and had good, yet sporadic success.
I am now officially guiding for the 2009 season, so most posts from now on will be fishing related.   Tight Lines for us all in '09- SS 

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Jackson Hole Mtn. Resort- Closing for 2009

Well, this season has finally come to an end but not without a BANG! Fantastic snowfall over the last two weeks buried the upper and mid-mtn runs with over 100" of the season's best snow... always bittersweet when the mtn closes with such fine conditions, in all the resort received 502" this season and our snowpack looks great for the summer.
Another sign of the times is the arrival of the Rough-legged hawk, they come to reap the bounty of voles and mice as the valley snow recedes. I'm off to Fruita, CO for some mtn. biking this week and then it is fish on! Great Season!