Friday, June 25, 2010

Hello Sunshine!

First salmonfly of 2010- Father's Day

Finally, a break from the late spring gray transitioning to brilliant solstice blue skies... welcome summer! Fishing as of lately is excellent on area lakes while rivers continue and up and down cycle of snow melt and water releases from reservoirs. The Green and South Fork are the best float fishing venues as of now. Flows are still on the high end but clarity and bug activity are increasing daily. Mostly a wet fly scenario now we are seeing best action with streamers and deep nymph rigs combining stonefly nymphs and "aquatic annelids". Reports from the Firehole have been great but word is the water temp is rising quickly during the day and the action is slow in the afternoon.

My daughter, Sydney and I out on a morning float Father's day... she loves the bugs and the trout!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Spring Mac Attack

Casting to Jenny Lake "bonefish" on "Miami Beach" sand flats!

Finally seeing some pleasant weather in the area this week and the fishing on local lakes is heating up. As the big rivers flow with turbid flood waters the lakes along the Teton Range and in Yellowstone Park provide, at times incredible fly fishing. My guide trips lately have been on Lewis Lake in YNP with action all day on small leech streamers and sinking lines. Often we can sight cast to the mackinaw or lake trout in shallow water providing an exciting element that is very gratifying. Soon dry fly action will follow on these lakes as hatches pick up with the warming sun and our fond cutthroats and browns will certainly be cruising for these morsels.
Mackinaw or Lake Trout

Typical Palisades Brown Trout

The good news is that the rivers are beginning to drop some and that we have likely seen the peak runoff last week(flood stage @ Moose... 20,000cfs!). The Green River is fishable and I hope to have a positive report later this week. The Firehole River in YNP is still fishing very well in the midday hours on flavs and pmd's, also seeing some caddis and stoneflies. If you can hangout up there long after the crowds leave some great action occurs before dark on flav spinners. Let's get ready, fish on!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Late Spring Fever

Got Trout?

The ospreys of Jackson Hole are now hunting private ponds and spring creeks as the Snake River finally blewout with turbidity this past week. Ice is off all Teton area lakes with Lewis and Shoshone likely to ice off this week. Great time to head out and pursue mackinaw in the shallows... this is the one fish of the region I will not hesitate to take a few home for some "char tacos", maybe a recipe will soon follow!
The gem of the Snake- Finespotted Cutthroat Trout

Reports from the field are overall good with the Firehole River in its prime for the next 3-4 weeks, especially if the cool weather persists, just about everything is on the menu there. On our journeys to Yellowstone we often get great roadside shots of grizzly & black bears, a wonderful drive no matter what you see. Lastly, the South Fork of the Snake is fishing rather well with nymphs and streamers... the flows are great and the water clarity amazing for June- bring on the big bugs!