Well a good month has passed and much has happened locally in the fishing sense. For me personally it has been a busy Spring keeping up with demands for the guide service/fly shop and fishing outings have been minimal but overall excellent, a good start to the 2014 Guide season! The main occurrence that is pleasing to see is that our runoff has stayed strong and we melted away a ton of the season's snow in record time. Many season's we see the snow pack grow some in May but this year the warm temps, especially at night have beat down the pack rather quickly. What once looked like a short compressed fishing season now looks closer to normal yet with healthy, generous, cool flows well into the late summer that keeps our trout quite happy. Happy trout = happy anglers!
|10th Annual Blackfoot Carp tournament… beautiful weather prevailed!|
|Tailing carp in a back bay on Blackfoot Reservoir.|
As of lately flows on the region's large rivers are what appears to be past peak and will drop slowly for the next several weeks, some of these rivers like the Green will be fishable soon yet still flowing strong bank to bank. Once we see good hatches and clarity better than 2' the surface bite should heat up.
|Tom Montgomery hoists a nice brown from the Henry's Fork.|
Regional Lakes are iced off below 8000' and fishing well as to be expected. Lewis Lake is a favorite of mine in June and early July and the shallow streamer bite is excellent and soon brown drake spinners will provide nice dry fly fishing in the afternoons.
|Not your normal Western Wyoming catch, a hefty smallmouth bass off the Lower Green river system.|
Other area reports are all getting better as the heavy snowpack shrinks. The Firehole River in YNP is perhaps our best consistent fishing with nice hatches of PMD's, caddis and sallies. The South Fork of the Snake is higher than it was a week or so ago and has slowed the fishing. Here flows are about 17,000cfs, therefore various nymphs and streamers are your best bet set deep(9').
I leave you with a few pics from my annual trip to the Southeast, mainly to visit family but as always I try and scratch the fly fishing itch on some new water. Best of all this trip was landing a 36" Shenandoah River Muskie on a fly with my dad in the bow of the boat… special thanks to the guys at Mossy Creek Fly Fishing for putting me on a wonderful lifetime experience!
|White bass run on Allatoona, north of ATL, GA.|
|An incredible creature up close and hard work to get there.|
|Finally fulfilling a childhood dream, Muskellunge on the fly!|