Sunday, August 18, 2013

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report- August 18, 2013

A stunning native from crystalline waters!
Ain't Life Grand! That about sums it up for guiding the past few weeks... nice trout and smiling faces. Our overall report is quite good on the Snake river with patchy slow periods but the fish are looking up nicely and moving on large to medium sized dry flies. Terrestrials and our late season stoneflies are the main ticket but if you are on the upper river remember your trico skills to hunt down some nice heads-but beware they are getting picky!
As flows are reduced we expect the fishing to gain momentum, do you have a reservation for the show?

At 9 years old... spoiled by the Snake River!

Two friends share the experience of a fine trout in the net.
Other reports are good but the main concern before you head out is river flows on the smaller tribs and non-tailwater drainages. Foot access is perhaps the better choice as many landings cannot float a drift boat adequately, be mindful of this.  Our beloved Green is too low to access via driftboat above 351 but is fishing well otherwise, check out public foot access, it can be pretty damn good.
This horned owl followed us for a good mile.
The South fork is holding at 9700cfs and reports are quite good early(daybreak) but then it slows after 10 or 11am... quite normal for August. Nymphs are the best option after the top show stalls, however hoppers are active in section IV as local ranchers cut hay... sometimes you just nail it!
Tight Loops and Lines! Take care of the trout!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report- August 3, 2013

Spectacular Summer conditions abound on the Snake River as it comes into its finest season... late summer and early fall! Flows have been high all season, typical when snow pack was less than average. As irrigation demands slow the flows are ever slightly dropping and this 500cfs benefit has triggered aggressive top water feeding and we expect another drop in 2 weeks. 
Our native cutthroats are all over brown stoneflies in a wide variety of water... much of the fun in fishing the Snake is hitting all the different targets- seams, logs, flats, eddies, bars and grass banks. 
Incredible scenery Deadmans to Moose.

Other hatches include PMD's, tricos and some caddis. Windy afternoons are blowing down hoppers and the fish are beginning to key in on these terrestrials but overall my personal favorite is a flying ant, size #14.

Steve and Wil(below) Bokat and some fine spotted friends.

Tributaries to the Snake are all fishing well however flows are very low and many trout are likely draining down into the Snake. Look for the best lies and keep a stealth approach, the water is gin clean and the sun is bright.
Other rivers are all reporting good fishing but the word is go early(duh, its August right!). The South Fork is dropping to nearly 9k and this will spread fish out on large flats and riffles. The banks that were too fast a month ago could be just right under these conditions. Here nymphing is king once the morning surface bite turns off or until fall hatches occur. Hoppers and other terrestrials work but can be hot or cold, use droppers to increase your chances.

South of Jackson on the Green and other tribs is getting too low to float unless you head below Big Piney but here recent heavy rains have blown out the river. Again the surface bite is early and flows are warming to critical levels so please plan accordingly, no need to fish after 2pm in my opinion. 

As always play trout quickly and use barbless hooks for a quick release!
Good Luck out there!