Fishing Report August 18th

August 18th, 2016

As summer moves into mid- August, the fishing on the Snake has continuously improved over the past weeks. The flow rate at Moose has held around the 3,000 CFS mark, which in combination with our warm weather has produced good numbers off hoppers on the river. Anglers can catch numerous fish between the 8-14″ range, and many fish in the 15-20″ range have been landed as well. Targeting the banks, while focusing on structure, eddies, log jams, and deep holes will help trigger strikes from cutty’s. Chubby Chernobyls, Water Walkers, Parachute Hoppers, Thunder Thigh Hoppers, and Circus Peanuts have been effective during the past week. Change flies until you see consistent strikes, and put an emphasis on color. Under sunny conditions stick with your brighter colors, and during lower light conditions change to darker shades. In addition to hoppers, other terrestrials such as beetles and ants have been appearing on the river as well. Flying Ants, Beetle patterns, and Fat Alberts are instigating bites from fish. During the evenings and early morning, Caddis have been hatching, and the fish will constantly sip bugs on the surface. Throwing size 16 E/C Caddis on 5x tippet can make for a fun post work daily trip. The time of year is perfect to bring plenty of floatant and throw dry flies all day and hope for that the yellow bellies are hungry.

The upper portion of the South Fork has been fishing well recently. PMD’s have been buzzing all over the river, and have been a prime fly choice for catching fish. Start the morning off with smaller mayfly’s, and watch for rising fish. A few golden stones have been spotted as well, so if you have trouble keeping your eyes on the smaller flies, a big golden stone works well as an indicator. If you don’t see fish rising, try subsurface as well. Nymphing may not be as fun as watching a fish eat on the surface, but sometimes it needs to be done to make the fish eat. Streamers have also been effective on the South Fork, on overcast days, throw heavier streamers and get them down deep. Sparkle Minnows and Sculpins have been the streamer of choice. While floating the river, focus on riffles and side channels. Don’t be afraid to step out of the boat and patiently work a good section of water. Sometimes taking your time and making the perfect presentation is all it takes to catch that one fish of a lifetime.