September 19, 2018

September 19th, 2018

September is well known for its dry fly fishing and particular its hopper fishing, and expectations are being met. There tends to be a bit of a dip in the catch rate for about a week during this time of year, and we believe that we are on the tail end of that. The fact of the matter still stands: you can’t catch them unless you’re on the water. So go ahead and get out there for some top water eats and dust the streamer gear off. Give us a call here at the shop (303-733-6483) for any questions you may have or to book your guided trip.

The Snake River: Flows- 1,810- The Snake is somewhat in it’s prime time right now and has been for a few weeks, and we’ve been happy with the reports! Terrestrials are fishing fantastic, and fish will almost never hesitate to rise for a juicy grasshopper or some sort of stonefly attractor. Many days and especially on cooler or cloudy days the Mahogany duns, Hecubas, and Baetis are really coming off and you will get some great hook-ups fishing the smaller dries. Some of our favorite patterns are the Purple Haze, Moosetails, and any BWO imitation for the hatches, and then flies such as the Morrish Hopper, Chubby Chernobyl, and Water Walker for some foam action.

The South Fork of the Snake: Flows- 8,590 – The fishing on the South Fork of the Snake has been productive, but for a week now has been in a bit of a lull. There are still some fish rising on the banks for stoneflies and other attractors, but the best fishing can be found in the riffles. In the riffles you can find some possible caddis or PMDs, but even more likely are the Baetis and mahoganies. Head hunting with those small dries can be great and a lot of fun. Nymphing small rubber legs, pheasant tails, and zebra midges is working as well to pass the time between riffles. Early in the morning, late in the evening, and on overcast days break out the streamer stick seeing as the meat eat is right around the corner.

The Green River:  Flows are very low this time of year near Pinedale, WY, regardless of all of the snow we got this past winter. Low water means higher temperatures, which leads to distressed and less active fish so the Green River hasn’t been our go-to spot recently. That’s not to say that the fishing isn’t good, but please be careful when catching and releasing fish. Try worms, pheasant tails, and hares ears, and cast delicate dries to rising fish. Streamer fishing is about to get great, and the Green will be just the spot to do it.

Tight lines,

The Westbank crew


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