South Fork Fly Fishing Report 10.12.10

It’s been awhile since we have written a fly fishing report on the South Fork of the Snake.  This summer’s fishing has been better than any in recent memory. The trout ate PMD’s all the way in to the second week of September, including a 27″ monster that was caught in preparation for the One Fly on a Pink Albert Cripple!  The mid summer Caddis hatch was very solid, especially in the Canyon.  The hatches waned in the second half of September, as is typical, but the terrestrial and nymph fishing still produced as we waited for the fall weather to kick in. The first week of October brought some clouds and rain and improved fly fishing.  Streamer fishing was good below the Dam down to Irwin and then the riffles were good throughout the rest of the river.  Mahogany Duns and Baetis were the best bugs, especially emergers and cripple patterns.  Flows are being reduced to winter flows throughout the rest of the month, so check before you go. Stability is more important than actual levels, so look for periods of stable flows longer than three days for good fishing until they are done dropping. Look for browns to become very active in to November.  This is a great time to catch the fish of a lifetime! Best Flies: #18 Q’s Hackle Stacker BWO, #14-16 Lawson’s Thorax Mahogany, #16-18 Loopwing Baetis, #6 Rainbow Bunker, #4 Olive Monkey or Dungeon 

South Fork riffle fishing

Stealthy approaches are key to catching fish in the riffles of the South Fork.

Streamer fishing the South Fork

Cloudy days are great for streamers in the fall!

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report 10.19.10

The Snake River in Jackson Hole is in its fall mode and is fishing well.  The cutthroat are podded up in slower riffles or the ends of long deep runs and are munching BWO’s, October Caddis, Midges and a variety of streamer patterns.  Often fish are in very shallow water on the edges of thes runs that warms up first after our cold mornings.  Be patient and watch rise forms to determine which fish are trout and which are whitefish.  We are having a beautiful Indian Summer still with high’s in the mid 60’s in the afternoons.  Dry fly fishing gets going just before noon and lasts until the sun hits the mountains about 6pm.  What a great time to be on the river!  Best Flies: #16-20 Para Adams, #12 Orange Stimmi, #10 Melon Belly, #18-20 Griffith’s Gnat, #18-20 Zebra Midge, #18-20 BWO Micro Mayfly, #6 Olive Monkey, #4 Olive/White Clouser, #6 Black Leech

October fly fishing on the Snake River

Mary Ann and Darrell Ragan enjoy an 18" cutthroat recently.

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report 10.1.10

Indian summer weather has a hold on Jackson Hole and we’re loving it!   Sunny skies and day time highs in the upper 70’s are as good as it gets this time of year. What about the fly fishing you say?  The Snake River is still solid with dry fly action from Deadman’s Bar down into the canyon, especially from noon until dusk.  Claasenia Stoneflies, Hecubas, Mahogany Duns, and even some October Caddis are on the menu. Double dry fly or dry/dropper rigs have been producing well in riffles, seams, and bank structure.  Don’t stare too hard at that fly on the water as the fall colors are amazing currently! Best Flies: #10 Tan Chubby Chernobyl, #10-12 Para Hare’s Ear, #12 Purple Haze, #12-14 Ausable Wulffs, #14 Red Quill, #10 Orange Stimmie, #10 Red Fox Squirrel, #14-16 Lightening Bug

Beautiful Indian Summer weather in Jackson Hole!