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Snake RIver Fly Fishing Report 10.12.16

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

Yellowstone Fly Fishing Report 6.18.11

Swinging wet flies on the Firehole 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

Ascension Bay, MX Fly Fishing Report 11.17.10

Punta, Allen, MX sunrise

The sun rises to greet another beautiful day in Ascension Bay.

I’ve just returned after a long weekend staying at Punta Allen, MX’s newest fly fishing lodge, Grand Slam Fly Fishing Lodge.  For those who are not familiar with the area, Punta Allen is the sleepy little town located at the tip of the peninsula that juts into Ascension Bay.  All of this lies within the Sian Kaan Biosphere, a World Heritage Site located 2 hours south of Cancun. 
Typical Yucatan bonefish - Ascension Bay

John Hoagland and Clemente celebrate a nice Yucatan bonefish.

The quality of the fly fishing in Ascension Bay is legendary!  This is one of the best places on the planet to land fly fishing’s Grand Slam – permit, tarpon, and bonefish. Good sized Snook are also a possibility to achieve the Super Grand Slam.  The fly fishing did not disappoint!  Many bonefish, snook, and baby tarpon were landed by our group of six.  Ascension Bay’s expansive flats and shorelines produced numerous schools of bonefish and some larger singles. A few schools were found tailing, but most fish were spotted while cruising. Imagineschools of fish moving towards you over miles of hard white sand flats….  Unfortunately, the holy grail of saltwater fly fishing, permit, eluded us during our stay.  There was a large school of 75 permit spotted, but very calm conditions made them extra spooky and they were gone after one cast. Other large cruising singles were spotted while bonefishing but would not eat our offerings.  Sandy bottoms make landing one of these fish a real possibility if you get them to eat.  More permit are landed here every year than anywhere else each season.
Permit tails

Permit tails on a calm day.

Most of our baby tarpon were found in brackish water in the magrove channels, but there were a few near where the underground freshwater rivers popped up in the bay. The truly large migratory fish had moved on already from their summer lies, but these mangrove fish ate readily and were a blast to fight in close confines!
Mexican baby tarpon

Matt Burton and Alex Spinelli enjoy a baby tarpon double.

Snook were found cruising the edges of magrove islands that were close to or on the flats.  Having a rod rigged and ready while poling the flats for bones proved to be very useful.  Rods could be quickly switched when these fish were spotted.  We saw a number of schools of 3-4 fish and a few larger snook that pushed 10lbs. 
Yucatan Snook

Snook in Ascension Bay range from 5-15 lbs.

What about the lodge you say? Grand Slam Fly Fishing lodge exemplifies luxury in a wilderness setting. It has been built with close attention to detail.  Modern amenities such as flat screen TV’s, iPod docks, and jacuzzis in every room accentuate the very stylish rooms. If the fishing weren’t so good we would have been content to relax at the lodge!  Chef Juan’s food was delicious and plentiful and the margaritas were flowing.  The staff were all very friendly and accomodating and were fluent in several languages. We could not have asked for more!                      ***** GRAND OPENING SPECIAL ****** From now until the end of 2010, rates have been reduced by 40% to celebrate the lodge’s Grand Opening. Don’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime! Paradise is only a short flight away……
Grand Slam Fly Fishing Lodge

Roughing it in the Sian Kaan Biosphere.

2 room Villa

Each Villa has two rooms, each with their own jacuzzi, daybed, and hammock.

Green River Fly Fishing Report 7.12.10

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…

Fly fishing the Green Rver

Mike Sargent and nice Green River brown trout.

Wyoming requires Aquatic Invasive Species Sticker

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.

River ambassador for the Snake River

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!