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.
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!
Summer has finally arrived in Yellowstone National Park! Temps in the low 70’s and sunny skies have the fish and bugs active on a number of streams and rivers. The Firehole River continues to fly fish well during PMD emergences beginning arond 9am. PMD Spinner falls coincide with the emergence so be prepared to fish both. I like floating PMD nymphs and Rusty Spinners #16-18. Caddis flies are in abundance during the evening hours and look for Damsel flies mid-day. Fly fish the water upstream of Fountain Flats as below here is getting warm and alot of the fish will move upstream in search of cooler water temps. The Madison is fishing similarly to the Firehole with Yellow Sallies flying in the areas where there is broken water, especially near the junction. Now is also a good time to explore some of the Park’s smaller waters such as Nez Perce Creek, the Gibbon River or lakes such as Grebe or Wolf Lake. Lewis Lake has been good in the West Bays and Brookie Bay for Lake trout and Browns with Clouser Minnows and Black Leeches on sinking lines. This week should see the Callibaetis hatching on the lake and also in the Lewis channel. The Lake outlet down to the waterfall will have hatches of Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies and a few Caddis and the brown trout will line up to feed on them all!