July 17th, 2017

July 17th, 2017

 

Snake (Jackson Hole): Hold the phone, cause its dropping!! Since our last report flows throughout the snake river system have been dropping and clarity continues to improve. Flows out of Jackson Lake Dam are 2500, which is the target flow for the summer, very similar to 2016 flows in July. We have been floating from the Dam to Pacific Creek which has yielded some good fishing and some solid dry fly action. Below Pacific creek the Buffalo Fork is still throwing mud into the Snake at 1900 cfs which turns the river very off color. As you get farther down stream the water clarity improves. As of 11:00am this morning the clarity was 2.5 feet at the Wilson Bridge. Look to use big nymphs and streamers in the off-color water on the Snake, those fish will be holding in slow water and will have an easier time seeing a bigger fly. Pat’s Rubber Legs, Tungsten Princes, Flashback Pheasant tails, Terminators and worms are a good place to start. ¬†Tributaries of the Snake continue to drop, clear and can be a great option for wade fishing with family and friends. Pacifc Creek in Grand Teton National Park and Granite Creek in Hoback Canyon are both clear. A hopper dropper rig with a big foam Chernobyl, Fat Albert, Circus Peanut with a pheasant tail, copper john, prince nymph trailing underneath are a great method to try when fishing these tributaries. Don’t count out the streamer bite either as the Cutthroat have just finished spawning and are looking for a big meal. Expect conditions and fishing in the upcoming week to continue improving.

South Fork of the Snake: The South Fork has been on the drop! Flows are down to 14,000 cfs and water clarity is improving with every day. Despite the off color water fishing has been solid and anglers continue to catch big, healthy trout. Nymphing has been the name of the game with Rubberlegs and other Stonefly imitations as the point fly, followed by worms or other attractor nymphs. Streamers have been producing a few fish here and there, try a color that the fish will be able to see through the cloudy water. We have had a few reports of sporadic dry fly action, especially in the evening, we expect the fish to start looking up for dries in the near future. We are over the hump on the South Fork and fishing will only continue to improve from here.

 

Green River: The Green has been holding steady in the 2000 cfs range for quite some time now, while the Drakes and Golden Stones have been plentiful, fishing has been a little spotty. We have seen plenty of action on the surface and when you do come across a feeding fish, he will not hesitate to eat your fly, but those fish seem to be few and far between. Foam on the banks has produced a solid amount of fish, don’t be afraid to give the fly a couple twitches to entice a strike. Drake imitations have been the way to go for surface action as that is the biggest food source in the river at the moment. With all the snow left up in the Winds it is hard to predict what the water levels will do, a slow drop would not be surprising, allowing for a few more weeks of good fishing on the green.

 


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