What a month on the Green River! High water through the month of July has kept the fly fishing on the Green in great shape. Currently flows are at 1210 cfs at Warren Bridge and are dropping. We’ll have plenty of water to float this river into August this year, probably mid-month or so. It’s best to get the early start to fish the Green River, as the best action is most definitely in the morning. Gray Drakes, PMD’s, and Yellow Sallies are keeping the trout focused on the surface until about 1pm. After that nymphing will pickup up a few trout, but it’s best to get that early start and be done early. If afternoon showers appear, then fishing will go farther into the afternoon especially with Gray Drakes and PMD’s. Look for terrestrials to be a more important part of the equation very soon… Fllies: #10-12 Parachute Adams , #12-14 Quad Adams, #10 Gray Drake Film Critic, #16-18 Pablo’s PMD Cripple, #16-18 PMD Film Critic, #10 Circus Peanut, #10 Purple or Red Chubby Cherb, #10-12 CDC PT, #10-12 Hare’s Ear, #14 Prince Nymph
The Snake River flowing through the Jackson Hole valley has begun to come alive! Flows are dropping and are currently at 5410 cfs at Moose, WY. This may sound like a lot of water, and it is, but these Cutthroat are hungry! The best news here is that we are already seeing some of our larger trout back in the Snake after spawning. This action will only get better as the month progresses and we move into August. The Cutthroat trout populations in the Snake River are as good as they have ever been and the fly fishing will be phenomenal for the rest of the year! Flies: #8-12 Chubby Chernobyl, #10-12 Circus Peanuts, #10-12 Parachute Adams, #10-12 Rubberlegs, #14-16 Copper Johns, #14 Prince Nymphs
The Jackson Hole backcountry has seen some really good fishing of late! It’s also seen some muddy water after it has rained, but it clears quickly and we’re back on it. Stonefly patterns, #8-12 have been a great way to go as the drift is often the most important aspect in getting Cutthroat to eat. We will have plenty of water in these streams through the Summer and into September. Look for terrestrials to be on the menu very soon – Hoppers, Beetles, and Ants. Get out and enjoy these gems as they are a blast to fish!
The South Fork has been the most consistent game around over the past few weeks! The Salmonfly hatch has come and gone with a few still lingering on the Upper section near Irwin. Golden Stones are the best big bug action at the moment and should be for awhile, especially in the Canyon. PMD’s and Yellow Sallies have the trout looking up in the riffles and are likely to make you late for dinner! Flies: #4-6 Tim’s Stone, #6 Water Walker- Golden, #14-16 Rusty Spinners, #16-18 Hickey’s PMD Auto Emerger, #16-18 Pablo’s PMD Cripple, #16-18 CDC PMD Emerger