Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Big Cutty!

So, just as I posted last week that water temps were a concern a nice cool front passed through over the weekend and cooled everything off for several days and nights. Now we are looking very good through August unless it soars into the 90's sometime soon... our long range forecast actually looks cool so that is great. Fishing this week has been near epic everyday with great numbers and plenty of trout in the 15-18" range... and a few over 20", that is great on the Snake. Honest guides that do not stretch our sizes agree we see only a handful of trout over 20" each season on this river... my thoughts are that there are not that many in that category and we fish way to many dryflies to catch those fish on a regular basis. But every once in a while you find one and it makes you think should I give up my 3wt. and dryflies and start chunkn' lead and bunny fur in every deep hole you find... my answer is no!  Good dryfly fishing is the pinnacle of our sport and is aesthetically more enjoyable overall... big fish are always special but they are not everything!
Here is Skip Hildebrand with a nice 20" cutty taken on a #16 pink pmd dry... the best part is that we were able to sight fish to this guy. Then later the same day, while Skip and Eddie were taking a break, I tied on a minnow jig  and toss it out for a few swings through a deep trough. Hooked and landed this hefty 23 1/2" cutty!... feel free to comment what you would have rather caught... they were both equally fun and posed different challenges- Great Day!
Hoppers are heating up and also seeing clissinia stoneflies in Teton park.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Hot Diggidy- Dog Days of Summer!

This is that special and sometimes not so special time of the season... why? Well, by now most of the early summer hatches are over with only isolated hatches occurring and most of those are early and late in the day, perhaps before and after the fiberglass hatch. In addition, area rivers have dropped to great low fishing flows but the flip side to this is water temps can rise over 10 degrees in about 4-5 hours and good fishing can literally shut off, not to mention kill trout if caught otherwise. Lastly, pressure on all the rivers have some trout super selective... I see fish refusing flies all day that would have been snatched up just a couple weeks ago- I personally love a challenging fish yet when guiding it is nice to run across a few gullible 18"ers.  Now for the good stuff- trout are looking up! With lower flows and a variety of nice fat terrestrials falling into the water our trout are on the feed and when it is on it can be awesome! Most of us hate windy conditions but those windy days in August can lay down a lot of bugs from the grassy banks... put it in there and twitch it! Take off your barbs and handle the trout as little as possible... 65-68 degree water to a trout is like 95-105 to us, try a good sprint in Phoenix next time.
Finishing July every year is a relief... I love the fishing on the Green, NF & SF but the driving is brutal... from now till October my eyes are on the Snake River in JH, chasing those wily cutthroats. Thanks to everyone for a fabulous July- Scott