July 16th, 2018
July 16th, 2018
Snake River Cutty’s are ready to eat and river conditions are improving daily! Fish are being caught in nearly every stream and river in the region and among our favorites, the upper snake and the south fork have been fishing well. Pacific Creek, Granite Creek and Lower Flat Creek offer excellent wade fishing opportunities as the the water in many small tributary streams has dropped and cleared. Get out there, explore, and throw some flies to the big guys!
The upper Snake River from Jackson Lake dam down to Deadman’s boat launch have been producing good quantities of fish using a variety of techniques including streamers, nymphs, and dry’s. Fishing the Snake below the Buffalo fork has been slightly more challenging due to the added volume of water, although, the streamer and nymph game has worked well for those willing to give it a shot. Fishing this section of river on down is only expected to improve throughout the summer. For streamers think big; try sparkle minnows and big articulated dungeons. Chubby Chernobyl’s drifted atop with a split-back PMD or pheasant tail nymph as a dropper could be just the ticket as well. If the big goofy flies aren’t working, look for emerging PMD and Caddis flies to key in on and match the hatch.
South Fork of the Snake River:
Flows on the South Fork of the Snake River have been consistent for several weeks now lingering at about 12,700 CFS, which is good for fishing. Trout have had many food options over the past few weeks as Yellow Sallies, Golden Stones, and PMD’s have emerged in abundance. Few adult Salmon Flies remain in the upper river as their emergence has mostly come to an end until next year. With that being said, our spoiled South Fork trout have been a bit pickier and have required a bit more coaxing than usual. Try twitching big foam bugs close to the banks. If big foam bugs aren’t working for you then switch it up with a nymph dropper a few feet below your foam. Still no Action? Go DEEP with the ol’ Pat’s Rubber legs and a small secondary nymph below that to get down in their zone. As always, stripping big streamers can be a fun way to mix up your day and attract a big trout.
The Green River is still a good option, however, flows are dropping fast. On overcast days, early mornings, and evenings, expect streamer fishing for big trout to be your best bet. Dry flies and dry dropper rigs throughout the day have been working well as PMD’s, Drakes, Caddis, and Golden Stones surf the waters surface. Mosquito’s have been bad so bring your bug spray. Get out there, have fun, enjoy the sun and experiment!
Here are some fun shots from the past week. Call us or come by the shop for more local insight. If you are looking for a guide trip, now is the time to book it!