Boy has the Snake River been great fly fishing this past week! We are seeing BWO’s, Mahoganies, October Caddis and the Cutthroat trout are loving
Happy Father’s Day! Fly fishing in Yellowstone National Park has been solid, if you’re on the Firehole that is :). Despite flows reaching 1160 cfs this past week, the trout in the Firehole still ate Baetis, PMD’s, and Caddis off the surface. Best places to find rising fish were below Midway Geyser Basin and in the Fountain Flats area. Below the confluence with Nez Perce creek there was less surface activity due to this creek dumping in a lot of cold water into the system. Due to chillier than normal air temps, afternoon hatches were the norm sometimes beginning as late as 3pm. Salmonflies have begun to emerge in the Firehole Canyon, but due to the wet weather have not really begun to start flying. Look for these big prehistoric bugs to show themselves on sunny, warm days. In the meantime, nymphing stonelfy patterns on the edges has produced some fine trout. Yellowstone Lake is open and fishing pretty well. Larger cutthroat to 24″ have been taken on streamers on sinking lines around Grant Village and West Thumb. The remote arms of the lake have fished well with better numbers of fish. Inquire about our jetboat trips to these special parts of the lake. Lewis Lake is ice-free on two-thirds of the lake. We expect it to be totally thawed by Monday, but the boat ramp still needs a bit of plowing for us to run trips there. Stay tuned for updates on this….. Best Flies: #18 BWO Micro Mayfly, #18 CDC BWO Emergers, #16-18 PMD Soft Hackles, #16 Caddis Soft Hackles, #16 BRF PMD Cripple, #18 BWO Cripples, #6 Rubberlegs
The Green River has come back around after a brief increase in flows from snow melt. A few late storms dropped up to 5 feet of snow in the Wind River Range high country which resulted in a second runoff period for about a week and a half. Flows are bumping up again due to recent rain showers to around 1200 cfs. The fly fishing has been pretty stellar with reports of brown trout up to 26″ taken recently. Nymphing has been the most productive with #8-10 Yuk Bugs, #10-12 CDC PT’s, #14-16 Sparkle Pupas, and Yellow Sally nymphs. The Gray Drake hatch is on, but more whitefish than trout have been eating them off the surface. Look for this to change in the next week as flows level out. Some trout are eating the Golden Stone and Yellow Sallies dries and will continue to do so. PMD’ are showing as well…
Wyoming is the newest state to implement mandatory invasive species boat stickers for all boats on WY waters. As of May 17,2010, all watercraft over 10 feet in length are required to purchase a sticker. Funds generated by these stickers will pay to educate the public about AIS,and fund prevention efforts to keep AIS from being introduced into Wyoming, such as watercraft inspections, enforcement, and implementation of AIS regulations. The Wyoming legislature also appropriated $1.5 million in general fund monies to fund AIS prevention. Costs are as follows - Motorized watercraft registered in WY - $10 Motorized watercraft registered in another state - $30 Non-motorized watercraft owned by WY resident - $5 Non-motorized watercraft owned by a non-resident - $15 Stickers can be purchased on WGFD website or any automated license selling agent across Wyoming. Stickers are valid until December 31 of the year purchased.
Great news! Jay Pistono will serve as River Ambassador for the Wilson-South Park section of the Snake. Use on this section of river has increased 200% since 2000, according to the WY Game and Fish. This position was thought up by the Snake River Fund and will help manage traffic, diffuse conflicts, and educate users on topics such as Aquatic Invasives. Jay will be at the boat ramps to talk to people as they put in and also float the river three to four days a week. The Snake River Fund has applied for a grant from1% for the Tetons to pay for the positon.
Look for Jay this summer and say hello!