Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report: May 19, 2015

The report for the past week and the next week is RAIN! Wow, what a much needed wet Spring we are having, who would have thought after such a warm and fairly dry winter. In any case, we are still fishing and some drainages are reporting great action! Here in Jackson Hole the best conditions are found on Jackson and the other lakes along the Tetons. The upper Snake River below Jackson Lake Dam is fishing well with streamers and nymphs but if you are not familiar with this water it can be daunting, much like fishing a lake. Until we see the bugs wake up the trout are quite happy patrolling the deeper runs. Anticipating higher flows on that upper reach in the next week or so as the lake fills.
Jackson Lake has been outstanding! The brown trout fishery there is really coming around, some days you catch more browns than macs and cutthroats combined. In my eyes it is still the best lake trout fishery in the region. Work ledges, points and large flats with moderate depth(8'-15'), our best flies have been minnow jig streamers and large marabou leeches on type IV sinking lines.
Gorgeous cutthroat from the Upper Snake River (early May).

My daughter, Sydney with an after school, neighborhood cutthroat.
Outside our valley the fishing has been very good on the Henry's Fork and decent on the South Fork. The HF is in the middle of salmon fly mania, lots of bugs and anglers but the trout are holding up, brave the crowds and you might have the best day of the year! The SF is in flush mode but past peak and is beginning to drop, currently 15,000cfs. Here try worms and streamers up on flooded grass and quite backwaters... water is cold so slow your retrieve a bit.
Lastly, the Blackfoot Carp Tournament was held last weekend. This year the event is in a transition moving to different organizers and paired with terrible weather the turnout was low but the die hards that showed had a great time camping, fishing and catching up with old guide friends. The following is a quick photo re-cap.
Tight Lines before Summer hits!

Hunting down the carp is always fun, Day1.

Decent weather in the mornings but the fish held offshore and were hard to find in numbers.

First carp to hand but just a baby at 10 lbs.

I love these fish more each year, quite interesting and not always easy to catch on a fly.

Blackfoot callibaetis.

Is it a carp?

No, but a dandy rainbow, awesome by-catch!

Driving from spot to spot these rod holders are sweet to have.

Waiting for the storm and wind to pass, beer thirty!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report- May 6, 2015

Runoff mode on most area rivers, except tailwater sections, is the main theme this time each year. With that said, if you know what to look for and apply proper streamer techniques for turbid water, you can still catch some trout, often some large brown trout. Some heavy hatches of caddis are the norm in Eastern Idaho along the Henry's Fork, other than that we are still a few weeks away from any major bug happenings in Western Wyoming. Streamers paired with sinking lines are the best along the Green drainage and upper Snake in Teton Park. Perhaps the best action can be found on Jackson Lake locally as ice came off a week ago. Fish are patrolling the shallows(3-8') for now. I like white zonkers and large black buggers again on a sinking line or jig head, work these along drop offs and points. 
Stay tuned, things are about to get good!
Bill is on a 20" roll, 2 for 2... this cutty had a unique snout that I have seen before but not sure of its cause.

1st float from Pacific Creek to Moose, ever! Deadmans still closed so we went for the 17miler, it paid off!

New visitor, Ben Hayes was so stoked he was ready to book next year's dates.

Damn good streamer bite this spring!

Graduate student, Julia did quite well from the back of the boat with a fast sinking line and a basic bugger.

Jim doing what he does best.

GTFF guide, Dave Smith showing off a nice early season brownie.

Colorado Cutthroat from the Green River drainage.