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


  1. I read just about everyone one of your blogs. I just want to thank you for sharing.

  2. Nice, thanks for the comment... hope your fishing season is going well, all best!


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