Response has been good to the new effort to try and prevent the spread of Quagga and Zebra Mussels. Keep up the good work! Check out this article from the Billings Gazette about the traditional start of the fishing season.
Fish Creek in the Jackson Hole valley is fly fishing very well! The upper end of the creek between Wilson and Teton Village has seen many trophy cutthroat move into it and take up lies. Fish are not in every hole, so it is necessary to keep moving until you find them. PMD hatches are getting started around 10am and fish will stack up into the best feeding lanes. Imagine 8-10 Snake River Cutts 18-22″ feeding simaltaneously in one hole…. Golden Stones, Caddis, and Yellow Sallies keep the fish looking up after the PMD hatch ends around1:30pm. Cast flies tight to the banks to get these wary cutthroat to eat! Best Flies:#16-18 Lawson’s PMD Cripple, #16 CDC PMD Sparkle Dun, #16-18 Thorax PMD, #16-18 Elk Hair Caddis, #8 Water Walker Golden, #14-16 Yellow Stimmie
The Wyoming Game and Fish department is asking the public for comments on its draft Aquatic Invasive Species Management program. Deadline is July 30, 2010. Fish the Fly hopes that all Wyoming fly fishermen will participate!
After a very wet spring that seemed like it would never end, we have finally reached the summer fly fishing season! All the local Jackson Hole streams and rivers have finally subsided and cleared and are fishing well. Backcountry Creeks There are numerous small creeks worth of fly fishing in the Jackson Hole area. These are the first fishable waters besides any lakes in the area after runoff. These creeks require some effort to get to, but are well worth it! The fly fishing on these creeks really took off last week and cutthroat began eating dry flies off the surface. Best flies were #12 Parachute Adams, #12 Yellow PMX, #14 Yellow Humpy, #10-12 Yellow Turck’s Tarantula. Fish in these creeks average 8-12″ with some “surprises” to 18″. Rarely you see another angler…. Snake River Fly fishing on the lower Snake River turned on last week as well, although spin fishing produced the highest numbers of fish. Below South Park Bridge is the place to be floating currently. Cutthroat can be found in the riffles on inside turns, in the side channels, and in any back eddies. Best flies have been #8-12 Chubby Chernobyls, #10-12 Parachute Adams, #10-12 Flashback PT’s, #8-12 Rubberlegs, and flashy Caddis or Yellow Sally nymphs. The BuRec has said they will not work on Jackson Lake Dam this fall and won’t have to run higher than average releases this summer to do so. Flows out of the dam are at 2370 cfs and will be held around 2000 cfs for the summer. This should mean for great flyfishing all summer long!
The Green River near Pinedale, WY is fly fishing well! Water temperatures on the lower stretches below the Warren Bridge have finally increased enough to get the fish feeding. Water clarity is at about 3 feet and improving. Guide trips have produced good numbers of browns, including the 23 incher shown below. Nymphs and streamers have been the ticket. Best bugs to use are – #6 Yuk Bugs and Rubberlegs, #12-14 PT’s and Princes, San Juan Worms, JJ’s Specials, Black Leeches, and Olive Sculpins. We did see adult Golden Stones and Yellow Sallies actually on the water, so this means dry fly fishing should crank up in the next few days!