Saturday, July 25, 2009

Browns of Western Wyoming-




Over the past two weeks my guide work has been steady and my clients and I have most often found ourselves exploring Western Wyoming. Many years at this point I would have been on the South Fork of the Snake River at least half the time, however this year the SF was extremely high during some of its prime hatches and that forced many JH guides to make do closer to home. Well, the summer to this point has provided some fantastic angling and some tougher days as well... as we all say, "that's fishing"! Lately, the Upper Green drainage has been absolutely gorgeous and for 60% of the day awesome fishing... you cannot always expect it to be great all day, those days are fairly rare and special. Morning periods are best now as we are seeing days near 90 degrees, I have been noticing a significant slow down after 1pm and the water temps are nearing 67-68 degrees, much above that it is not recommended to fish... I always like a couple cold beers to float off the dead zones. On the Green and its tribs it has been brown trout madness... I love those browns but I sure do miss my SF bows. The Snake in JH is really looking good and like clock work it is dink mania with a few shots at nice trout. If we get a slight cool down,  August will be great on the Snake and that will relieve pressure on the other rivers, therefore late summer is looking terrific at this point. Thanks to all for a great couple weeks!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Bug Soup on the Green!



Well, I honestly feel we have finally crossed over to the summer dry fly mania... this past week I guided a full week and to my delight and my clients we were able to fish dries almost 80% of the time with good to great success. Lately, for JH guides the Green has been our go to and is producing good trout on the soup of bugs that are hatching at the time...caddis, drakes and a mixture of stoneflies are the menu. Flows are still a little high but clearing very nicely every day. Most years I would have been on the South Fork through our high water period but this year the SF was highest of all and just recently dropped to a great fishing flow around 13,500cfs, so I hope to venture over there this week and will be sure to post a report and pics.  Thanks to all for a great week on the water... Enjoy! Be sure to check out the NEW website at Jack Dennis!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Summer Season Underway!



I just finished up a solid week of guiding clients, new and old, and with a full schedule ahead it is safe to say we are full steam ahead into the fishing season here in Jackson Hole. It was a rather challenging week with most area rivers flowing high and a bit off color, yet the good news is we managed to catch nice fish everyday and the conditions are on the up and up(dropping water) with each day. As runoff comes to an end, flows are clearing and area reservoirs should decrease their flows balancing our water to an enjoyable flow for great fishing. Despite the high water the insects are all right on time with excellent hatches just about everywhere and I'm seeing fair dryfly fishing that could turn red hot any day. The South Fork is still huge at 21,000cfs but dropping so maybe within a few days its go time... the bugs are coming and moving up in the lower canyon. The Green is running at 2600cfs but fishing fairly well, there are drakes and stoneflies all over- we just need the water to drop so the fish can intercept the bug soup.
Thanks to Steve and Frank and the gang for a great start to the week, tight lines!