Did someone say Salmonflies? Yep, the big bugs are out, especially below the Warren Bridge just outside of Pinedale, WY. Pteronarcys Californica is the giant of the bug world and trout love to see them. This hatch is localized on the Green and isn’t as prolific as some other rivers, but it’s enough to get the fish’s attention. Golden Stones are also out and this hatch is more intense and lasts longer. Oh yeah, there are BWO’s, Caddis, and Flying Ants flying about,which we would typically extoll the virtues of, but it’s hard to with Stoneflies flying. These are great options for a dropper in a double nymph rig. The streamer bite is very good before 9am, so get there as early as possible. Flows are at 700 cfs currently and are dropping quickly. We may only be able to float the Green during June this year, so book your trip soon! Best flies: #4 JJ’s Special, #6-8 Rubberlegs, #4-8 Water Walker (Orange, Green, Pink, Purple), #14-16 Sparkle Pupa, #16-18 Lightening Bug, #14 San Juan Worms
For some reason Memorial Day means foul weather around here and it was definitely true this year. The western side of the Tetons received up to 2 ft. of snow this weekend! Despite the weather forecast,we decided to head over to Swan Valley and float the Upper South Fork. Surprisingly it was pretty nice when we put in at Palisades Dam. Nymphing was good with Egg patterns and Mysis Shrimp for about two miles below the Dam. Then we switched to Skwala Stonelfy nymphs and continued to do well until the rains came. And boy did they come! Below Irwin we stopped at a few riffles and found some fish rising to Caddis. We swung soft hackle and got in to a few nice Browns and Cutthroat. After that we threw streamers until we were soaked to the bone and picked up a couple more decent Browns. All in all a good day despite the weather! Best Flies: #14-16 Mysis Shrimp, #12 Foxy Sally, #14-16 Peacock Soft Hackles, #6 Black Leech, #4 Olive Dungeon
The fishing on the South Fork of the Snake River has remained consistent since our last report. The Skwala hatch has moved up through the Canyon and into the Upper section, although nymphing is still your best bet. There is a strong BWO hatch going throughout the whole system and you can find trout up and eating them off the surface, mostly in slower side channels. The streamer bite has definitely picked up in the Canyon! The “White Bite” is on, so throw your favorite white streamer pattern and you’re bound to get in to some trout, especially Cutthroat. Olive and Black are also working, vary your retrieve for the best results. Flows are at 11,000 cfs and holding, but will increase with downstream irrigation demand whenever that comes. It’s not crowded at all currently, so get out and float! Best Flies: #6-12 Rubberlegs, #12 San Juan Worms, #16-18 Green Copper Johns, #16-18 Lightening Bugs, #16-18 BWO Cripples, #10-12 Chocolate Chernobyls
The South Fork has really picked up over the last week! There are Skwala Stoneflies flying in the Canyon and the trout are looking for them on the surface. BWO’s are also popping and some fish are moving into the riffles and keying on them. The best surface action has been in the lower Canyon where water temperatures are close to 50 degrees. The Upper section in Swan Valley is fishing well too. This is mostly a nymphing affair with Mysis Shrimp, eggs, and San Juan worms producing the best. Trout are stacked below Palisades Dam and the Rainbows are spawning. Remember that if you catch any of these ‘bows to harvest them to help out the Cutthroat! Flows out of the Dam are steady at 10,500 cfs and look to remain there for the near future. Water clarity is 3-4 ft right below the Dam. Palisades Creek is dumping muddy water and clarity below there is 2-3 ft in green water, plenty for the fish to see. Best Flies: #10-12 Bullethead Skwala, #16-18 BWO Cripples, #14-16 Pruett’s Mysis, #16 Eggs, #12-14 Rock Worms, #6-10 Rubberlegs
The Green River near Pinedale, WY is beginning to fish already! Low snowpack from this winter and spring is making for pretty low flows for this time of year. Currently the Upper Green Basin is at 34% of snow water equivalency and the forecast is for above average temperatures in the mid 70’s the next few days. This might produce a flow spike, but it most likely won’t go much above 1000 cfs. Water clarity is 2-3 ft and the trout are eating nymphs and streamers. Rubberlegs and San Juan worms (pink, red) are producing. If you like to throw meat, try Black Leeches or White Bow River Buggers. remember to go low and slow as water temperatures are still a bit chilly. Look for this river to really get going in the next couple of weeks and be fishing by Memorial Day weekend! Check it out what fly fishing the Green River is about, or give us a call at 307-690-1139 to book you trip today!
The Snake River here in Jackson has muddied up lately due to some warm weather. The Bureau of Reclamation is letting water go out of Jackson Lake Dam up to 4000 cfs by next Friday the 18th. So not much fishing happening on the Snake at the moment. Dam-Pacific should fish well once flows level out next week. This is mostly nymphing but can be pretty good for Cutthroats, Browns, and a few Lake trout that have been flushed out of the Dam. The Snake should clear in June at some point and will be very good with Stoneflies, Caddis, and Grey Drakes. Give us a shout at 307-690-1139 to book a trip today!