Monday, May 24, 2010

Rollercoaster Spring

Since returning from the warmth of the deep south we have had every type weather imaginable here in Jackson Hole. One day it is a nice spring afternoon and you think we are out in the clear and 12 hours later it is spitting snow and blowing like it would in March. The good news is that this weather pattern has brought our snow pack back from the brink and we are looking at ample water for the region, unless the summer turns hot and dry... certainly no indications of that happening.
The fishing as of lately has been isolated but as the photo above indicates you do have a good chance for trophy fish now. This is a transitional period where normally our rivers are high and quite dirty but due to the cool weather our peak runoff is holding back... perhaps the latest start to the runoff in many years.
The trend will be for the Snake and Green to blow out soon but the South Fork is dropping and clearing and the nymph fishing is turning on. One of my favorite times is ice off on area lakes which provides great angling until the rivers return to a reasonable flow for driftboat fishing... get out there, the season is short enough!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Southern Comfort!

Kalik... the beer of the Bahamas
Just returned from a fantastic spring getaway with the family to the good 'ole South and beyond. Spent a few days in the Atlanta area before heading down to Orlando, FL with the kids and grandparents to visit Disney World, talk about a cash cow that place is rolling in it. After a few days with the kids and family, Dana and I were able to sneak away for some quite time in the Bahamas, one of my new favorite places. We stayed on Exuma Island for 4 days, mostly basking in the sun and drinking beer(and eating fresh grouper & snapper)! I was fortunate to escape for a little fly fishing along our beach near Georgetown, where I enjoyed juvenile snappers, jacks & cudas in abundance. Took a half day to check out the local flats as I was hearing of trophy bonefish in the area... our guide Olie put me on some nice bones in a matter of minutes, bagging my personal best of about 7-8lbs(bummer no photo). This place has captured my attention and if it pleases my wife and the fishing and beer are excellent we gotta return!
Wading the Trophy Bonefish flats of Exuma, Bahamas.
While in Atlanta I always get a couple days in with my dad on some bass water. This trip the rivers blew out from heavy rain so we headed to a private lake with my cousin Joe looking for post spawn hogs. We fished the 6 acre lake hard only finding small bass and bedding bluegills. At lunch we noticed this fat hen hanging around the bluegills for an easy meal... she was aggressive for sure. She took a bluegill from us twice and we finally landed her on a crawfish. 7-8 pound Largemouth Bass...Great fun!