It looks like the fly fishing on the South Fork of the Snake will be on hold for the next week or so. Flows have been bumped up out of Palisades Dam to make room for a large runoff this Spring. Currently flows are at 3210 cfs on their way to 10,000 cfs by next week. Snowpack totals in the region are between 115-120% of average and it’s still coming down! With two of the wettest months of the year, April and May, still to come, it looks like flows will be at least this high until fall. What does this mean for the fishing? It’s great for the long term health of the fishery and bugs. In the short term, the fish will still be hunkered down in their wintering lies as water temperatures are still around 38 degrees. This will require heavier nymph rigs fished deep to catch fish. Fish the slowest water with Tungsten beads at about 10′ deep. Try Stonefly Nymphs, San Juans, and Glo bugs. As water temperatures rise, streamer rigs on sink tips will come in to play….
The fly fishing on the Snake River here in Jackson Hole has really picked up in the past week! Spring weather has arrived with warmer afternoon temperatures reaching into the forties. This may not sound warm, but to our Cutthroat it’s great news. Midges and our Winter Stoneflies are hatching in good numbers and the fish have taken notice. Recent winter walk wade fishing trips on the Snake have seen pods of fish rising after 3pm. Prior to that nymphing with double fly rigs has been productive. Best flies are #16 Prince Nymphs, #16 Black Copper Johns, #18 Red Midge Larva, #16-20 Griffith’s Gnats, #18-20 Parachute Adams. Water equivalency in the Snake River snowpack currently lies at 114%. With full reservoirs and some of the wettest months of the year still ahead, we are looking great for water this year in the Yellowstone region!
The reecnt Burbot Bash held on Flaming Gorge Reservoir was a huge success! Ober 4000 of these invasive fish were caught and killed in the name of fighting Aquatic Invasive Species. This will help the Green River over generations to come. Thanks!