South Fork of the Snake River – 10.30.13

The South Fork of the Snake River between Swan Valley and Idaho Falls has been at its finest through the month of October. Baetis have been the main hatch, but a few Mahoganies are still about, especially on the lower river. October Caddis are a great option for a fly you can actually see! The riffles are boiling from 12:30pm until 5pm. The streamer bite is on fire as well, even on sunny days. Just change your fly color to match conditions….

Small dry flies in the riffles will produce as many of these size trout as you want

The sun sets on the Hole in the Rock

Yellowstone fly fishing report 10.19.13

Yellowstone has reopened! The crowds are minimal and the fly fishing is phenomenal…. Looking for a trout of a lifetime? The Fall Brown trout runs are in on the Snake, Lewis, and Madison Rivers. Throwing streamers is the best way to get into these aggressive trout. Olive, Yellow, Black, and Purple are good colors to try; keep switching until you find what they are looking for that day. Pattern size can make a difference as well. Not every trout wants a steak dinner plus all the fixings….

Darrell Ragan has a new favorite plce to fish in Yellowstone

Darrell Ragan and a Lewis Lake 8 lb Brown trout

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report 10.14.13

We’ve made it to Winter flows on the Snake River and our Cutthroat are psyched! After abnormally high flows all summer, they are excited to see the surface and eating the plethora of bugs hatching at the moment.  Fall weather has got our Mayflies popping like mad – Baetis and Mahogany Duns. We are starting to see October Caddis as well and on sunny mornings Stonefly patterns are a great big bug option still. Streamers are pulling up some nice trout, so make sure to have a few in a variety of colors – Black, Purple, Olive, Tan, Yellow, and White are my favorites. Low light conditions are best so don’t be afraid of a little weather!

South Fork of the Snake River fly fishing report 10.11.13

Crazy good dry fly fishing on the South Fork of the Snake right now!  Flows have been dropped to 2290 cfs out of Palisades Dam and the trout are stacked up and offering up some of the best fishing of the year. It’s possible to fish dry flies all day if you wanted starting with skating Stoneflies in the morning and then fishing smaller Mahogany and Baetis patterns in the afternoons. The boat traffic is minimal and the Cottonwoods are turning gold… Best Flies: #8-10 Purple CFO, #16 Mahogany Sprouts, #16 Mahogany Hackle Stacker, #18-20 BWO Film Critic,

Jackson Hole fly fishing report 10.3.13

Fall is here!  Both fall weather and flow drops on the Snake River are making for some great fly fishing currently. Flows are being dropped out of Jackson Lake Dam over the two weeks this year.  This is good news for both our Cutthroat and the bugs that feed them as they  will have plenty of time to move to their new homes in the river. The Lower Snake is the place to be this time of year where the hatches are more prolific and the water deeper overall. We’ve been seeing solid Baetis and Mahogany hatches daily and there are a few October Caddis fluttering about as well.  Life cycle patterns for these bugs plus Zug Bugs/Prince nymphs have been picking up plenty of trout. It is true that Yellowstone and Grand Teton are closed currently, but we are still running fly fishing trips on the Snake River below Wilson and the fishing is fine!

Gail Miller and a nice 18" Cutthroat trout