Saturday, August 25, 2012

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Guide's Report - August 25, 2012

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!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report- August 11, 2012

Conditions in the Jackson Hole area are in a stable summer pattern that can produce the very best in fine Western Fly Fishing. Our mornings have been cool enough to offset the late afternoon heat and those serious about their angling know it is best to head out somewhat early. Terrestrials are bagging the best action but on some drainages a mixture of summer caddis and mayflies can be found and when in good numbers the fish will key in on these and ignore your well presented hopper. Tricos are present in some areas now through September and can be very effective when set behind a beetle indicator fly.
My best fishing mate, Louie getting in on the release.
 Flows in the region are getting low on many of the smaller rivers revealing the deep holes to the wading angler. My guess is unless we see good rain in the fall some streams may be as low as I have ever seen in my years in JH. The Snake is fishing well now and should be on the increase as it comes into its prime of the year- late summer through the autumn. Flows are expected to remain stable here, roughly under 3000cfs below Pacific Creek. The South Fork is flowing near 12,500cfs but may drop soon as summer irrigation demands decrease. Fishing there is good but the hatches are sparse, therefore dry fly fishing is inconsistent. I expect the autumn fishing to be off the charts there once the flows drop below 10k.
Trey Scharp and I enjoyed a guide's day off together and floated a  new piece of water for myself,  amazing how diverse the area is!
Summer browns love grassy banks and hoppers!
My friend John Campbell finds another nice one... 20" Finespotted Cutty. 
Bison crossing the Snake River near Triangle X in Grand Teton National Park.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing- Guides Report- August 1, 2012

Sunset on Flat Creek, south of Jackson Hole... Refuge opens August 1st!
The dog days of summer have arrived early this year and as hot summer temps sizzle across the nation our region here in Jackson Hole has maintained numerous afternoon clouds and frequent rain showers. This has helped keep the area cool and just wet enough to ease fire danger. Our fishing is holding on but  can be a bit inconsistent due to warm and low flows or lack of insect activity. Yes, thats right we are in the part of summer where hatches are marginal and sparse, however terrestrial fishing is heating up. So far the grasshoppers have been lean but seem to be gaining in numbers daily. The best fishing has been with large flying ants, yellow jackets  and beetles.
Incredible wildlife viewing lately.

21" Green River rainbow - August 1, 2012 - #12 orange beetle - John Campbell
An aquatic hatch worthy of mention that can get some of the largest fish of the season up is the odd and unfamiliar cranefly. These clumsy yet highly active dipterans draw some of the most ferocious strikes from large trout of all species. These bugs are why you often get a rip while reeling in... imitate that action well and you have unlocked a local angling secret. To add to the active insects we are seeing some caddis and still a few yellow sallies. In the mayfly realm PMD's and trico's are found in isolated areas. The best activity on all the rivers seems to be in the morning(duh!) until early afternoon. Afterwards droppers are working better as the trout stay cool. 
Be very aware of water temps above 68 degrees... low tribs can be warming 10 degrees or more on a hot day!
Guide Neil Chamberlin with a finespotted trophy