The dog days of summer are releasing their grip in the area and the first significant wind events have signaled the changes soon to come. Yesterday the wind hammered us all on the Snake River here in Jackson Hole nearly all day... we persevered, caught fish and enjoyed the fine wine that was so wisely contributed to the boat, thanks again Ken, Dan & Alex! After the winds settled we woke to a brisk morning temp nearly below freezing, as these conditions take hold and an early fall pattern develops I will look to see hatches picking up in the area. Already finding some fall drakes(hecuba) on the Green and here on the Snake the same nymphs are in shallow side channels with dark wing pads, signifying an emergence is very near... just need a weather change to be the catalyst.
|Healthy rainbows are abundant this year in many drainages(not the Snake)... one of the finest gamefish on the planet!|
The fishing is overall excellent in the area with daily swings from "hot" to a "lull"and back again. Tricos are the best hatch on the upper Snake and from Triangle X down the Brown Stones are the most significant river born insect the trout are seeing. Hoppers and ants are catching fish as well but my best terrestrial is always a parachute flying ant, size #16 and 14.
|Western Wyoming holds some remarkable remote fisheries.|
|Matt Lenzen enjoying an evening hopper catch on a tributary to the Snake River.|
|Don Burmingham all smiles on the Wind River Indian Reservation.|
The greatest joy in guiding is sharing our wonderful resources with visitors and at the core is the nature of what we(fishing guides) do. To me it is a significant point in the day to see a smile created by a nice trout in the net, these creatures are gorgeous and deserve to be handled well. I take extra care when setting up a photo opp and the trout is never out of the water more than 10-15 seconds, then gently revived until it can vigorously swim away. If we all take equal or better care there will be many more smiles to go around.
One Fly Event 2012- Sept. 8 and 9... stay tuned for thoughts!