July 22, 2018

July 22nd, 2018

The summer fishing season keeps getting better here in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem! With flows on most of our rivers and tributaries coming down, we’re starting to see quite variable conditions based on where you’re fishing. Wading smaller tributaries is producing awesome results, and floating the major river systems should put you on the fish as well…The Snake keeps getting better with average fish sizes on the rise, the Green is fishing well in the morning, and the South Fork is bringing up larger fish on smaller flies. Swing by the shop or give us a call at 307-733-6483 if you are looking for any advice or have any questions. As fishing pressure and water temperatures around the valley continue to rise, just remember to handle fish as little as possible and please release them with efficiency and care.

Snake River: The Snake is quickly coming into shape, partly due to lower flows with just over 2,000 cfs out of Jackson Lake, and the Snake at Moose is right at around 4,500 cfs. Clarity has been improving as the Buffalo Fork calms down and lots of fish are rising to bigger flies, including Circus Peanuts, Chubby Chernobyls, and stimulators. Adding a dropper like a lightning bug or pheasant tail has been working well.

South Fork of the Snake River: PMDs continue to fish well in shallow runs as flows remain predictable, at 11,600 cfs. Big bugs are producing some fish, but nymphing remains the most consistent method on the South Fork. Dragging a streamer through deeper holes is not a bad idea either. Fishing is expected to be even more consistent as we settle into summer.

Green River: Early mornings are a must on the Green: higher water and air temperatures are making the fish less active during the heat of the day. Nymphs and streamers have been the key to success, with deep and slow water generating the best results. But don’t dismiss the dry fly rig…keep an eye out for bugs in the air and on the surface in the afternoon.