Snake River The Snake River through the Jackson Hole valley has remained consistent dry fly fishing since our last report. Our fall stonefly, Claasenia Sabulosa, has begun to emerge in all sections and has kept the cutthroat looking up for big bugs, especially early and late in the day. Look for these to continue into September and twitch those flies! PMD’s and Little Yellow Stones are still popping around 11am and fish key in on them in those riffles where they are present in good numbers. Grasshoppers, Beetles, and Flying Ants are becoming more important on our warmer afternoons. Rhyacophilia Caddis are out and about and give you another option for dry flies. We will start looking for Timponoga Hecuba mayflies to emerge in the last part of this month on our cloudy days… Best Flies: #8-10 Olive, Tan, Purple Water Walkers, #10-12 Red Fat Alberts, #16 Q’s Sparkle Stacker, #12-14 Lime PMX, #12 Yellow Stimmies, #12 Tan, Green Grand HopperBackcountry Creeks Some of our larger, and therefore colder, backcountry creeks are still fishing well. We are still seeing Grey Drakes on these creeks and the cutthroat dig them! If you look closely, you will see a few Claasenia Sabulosa shucks on the more oxygenated riffles, so larger Stonefly patterns are in play and have been productive early in the mornings. Grasshoppers are coming into play more each day….. The smaller creeks are a bit too warm in their lower reaches to be very productive, but if you like to hike they can be very rewarding higher up where the water temps are cooler…
Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi held his annual fund raiser yesterday and Fish the Fly was proud to host the fishing portion of the event. We had 14 boats spread out through the entire length of the Snake river from Grand Teton National Park all the way down to the whitewater section south of town. This is our 4th year hosting this event and we look forward to next year! Everyone had great time and fishing reports came back very solid for all stretches. Our fall Claasenia Stonefly has begun its hatch on the whole river and this has the cutthroat chasing big bugs on the surface. Localized PMD and Yellow Sally hatches are still important and fish will focus on them in certain areas where they are hatching. A few pickier fish are eating Caddis and Beetles as well. Look for a more detailed report soon….
It’s terrestrial time here in Yellowstone country! The Yellowstone River tops the list for large cutthroat eating small hopper patterns, flying ants, and beetles. PMD’s and caddis are still on the menu as well. Cover a lot of water and look for noses tight to the banks or fish that are cruising. Make a great cast and you will be rewarded with cutthroat up to 23″! Tributaries to the Yellowstone, such as Blacktail Deer and Hell Roaring, fish well with mayfly attractors and hoppers. Now is a great time to pick any creek in the Park and take a walk with your fly rod…. Closer to home, Lewis Lake has been fly fishing well during PMD hatch times 10am-12pm or so. Cruise the shorelines and look for rises even if you don’t have a boat. Caddis action in the evenings has been solid and offers up great fishing for brown trout to 20″. Best Flies: #10-14 Grand Hoppers , #14-16 Flying Ants, #14-16 Black Beetles, #16 Royal Wulffs, #16 PMD Cripples
There has been alot going on on the Snake River recently! We are in the height of the summer season and have had a few accidents. Lives have been saved by quick actions from both guides and River Rangers. Check out the Snake River Fund blog for specific information. While there, please read about Proposition 8 and if you’re local- vote for it! This is a great way to get a hold on the busiest section of river in the valley, Wilson-South Park. The list of reasons to vote for this Proposition is long and varied, not only for fly fishing interests but the general public as well. Absentee ballots can be picked up at the County offices and returned at anytime before August 17th. The Wild Trout Symposium will be held in West Yellowstone September 28-30, 2010. Session topics include: Climate Change and Wild Trout; Economic and Cultural Values of Wild Trout; Genetic Considerations for Managing Wild Trout; Wild Trout in the face of Invasive Species and Diseases; Management and Conservation of Wild Trout; and Resource Extraction and Wild Trout Restoration Efforts. This is a great to excuse to visit the area and learn about the latest conservation efforts.
The South Fork of the Snake River continues to provide excellent fly fishing! The initial push of Salmonflies and Goldens has passed through all the way up to Swan Valley. This made the fish (and anglers) very happy! The PMD’s have been very consistent starting by 11am in the riffles and lasting until about 3pm or so. If clouds and rain showers come in the afternoon, then the riffle fishing goes into the evening on all sections. Bank fishing is still solid, but the trout have become pickier on patterns and presentations. The best news is that the second brood of Golden Stones has started in section #4 (below Byington) and is beginning to move upstream. This has the brown trout down there crushing Stonefly patterns on the banks! Flies still need to be presented tight ( a few inches not a few feet) to these banks for them to get eaten. The PMD’s have big browns feeding in the skinniest water in the riffles, as little as four inches! On a recent guided trip for TLAPC, we sight fished and caught a 20″ brown on a size #18 fly. I’ll share pictures when I receive them…..