June 14th, 2018

June 14th, 2018

The much anticipated Summer 2018 fishing season is finally upon us! With the peak of snow melt and river runoff behind us, we are starting to see all river flows drop significantly which means that the fly fishing bite is getting better by the day. The snow has been melting at a much higher pace than last year, which will likely give anglers earlier access to the entirety of the Snake River. All of our other guided rivers are still somewhat high and off color, but both the Green River and the South Fork have been producing good numbers and large fish so don’t be afraid to book an early season trip.

South Fork: In the wake of high water releases of over to 22,000 cfs due to snow melt, the South Fork of the Snake is really turning on with lower flows. They have currently dropped the flows to 16,900 cfs below Palisades Dam, and we will start to see even better success as the flows drop and begin to level out. The nymph bite is still hot, with fish gravitating towards Pat’s rubber legs, bead headed Pheasant tails, Prince nymphs,  and Hot Bellys. The streamer bite is becoming more consistent, so don’t hesitate to give it a whirl.

Green River: The Green River has had the most significant and exciting decrease in flows, dropping from around 2,900 cfs on Sunday to 1,700 cfs currently. The Green is an outstanding fishery this time of year, and the Grey Drake hatch should be coming off shortly. Until then, fish the deeper seams and banks with bead headed Pheasant Tails, San Juan worms, and Pat’s rubber legs to increase your chances. Anglers are having great success on streamers in this higher water, specifically with patterns that have some flash.

Snake River: We are just beginning to send guided trips out on the Snake River just below Jackson Lake Dam, where the water is much more clear than the rest of the river. On Sunday we had high flows of 4,900 being released from Jackson Lake Dam, but flows have dropped all the way to 3,100 cfs today making the Snake much more accessible with very positive fishing reports.  Dry fly fishing is still somewhat spotty, but fish are starting to look for small Mayflies, Caddis dries, and Yellow Sallies. Fish are also finding smaller Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, and soft hackle Hares Ears subsurface. Flows are much higher downstream with flows of 8,700 cfs at Moose and 10,700 cfs at Flat Creek which is too high and muddy to fish currently, but whitewater rafting is still a great way to enjoy the river before the fishing starts!