The fishing has been very good the past few days and should continue to stay good for the next couple of weeks. There are a lot of different bugs hatching so you will have the opportunity to fish many different types and sizes of dry flies. The big stones are up as far Wolf Flats.
There is some dry fly fishing on the upper river with pale morning duns but it will be a week or so before we see the activity there that we see now on the lower river. Nymph fishing with rubber legs or a pair of small nymphs has been good on all sections of the river.
Add flavs to the list of mayflies emerging in the Last Chance-Harriman State Park area where fishing has been good. Still some green drakes and gray drakes with a few golden stones are left on the river below Ashton Dam. Now that South Fork fishing is picking up big time, as Jimmy related a few days ago, there will be a shift of interest away from the Ashton to Chester part of the river and therefore fewer boats. So with fewer anglers present from Ashton to Chester there is opportunity to enjoy fish responding to those drakes and golden stones before they die out.
Runoff still remains high on Fall River Basin streams. Same with Lamar River drainage. The Firehole River has come into its own and with the current cool weather will stay that way until the Park weather warms up. Don’t overlook Duck Creek if you are looking for a dry fly challenge, and remember there is a good brown drake hatch coming in near future evenings. Lewis Lake offers good fishing with streamers, but if you use a boat, watch for the wind. The Lewis River in the meadow below the lake features an afternoon green drake hatch that has been a bit sparse in recent years but brings up resident brown trout.
With the exception of Teton River tribs draining high country, all our small streams are in good fishing shape. This includes the Salt River tribs flowing east out of Idaho, McCoy, and Bear Creeks. All South Fork tributaries open to fishing on July 1st. Same with Willow Creek tributaries. Warm River, Buffalo River, and Robinson Creeks are in great fishing shape. Try caddis life cycle, PMD, golden stone, and traditional attractor patterns. Birch Creek is at its dry fly fishing best if you try the family area and other water above Lone Pine.
There is a nice variety of dry fly fishing on the the river now. Most of the activity is from Cottonwood downstream and usually starts by noon. There are good hatches of pale morning duns, blue wing olives and some green drakes. The golden stones and yellow sallies have started too. There are some big stones out below Heise.
We are having great success underneath before the hatches start with rubber leg nymphs, yellow sally nymphs and bead head flash prince nymphs. Streamer fishing against the bank and over the drop offs has been productive too.
The water level is at a normal flow of 13,000 cfs and has a green tint. It is has a little more color closer to Palisades Dam. We’ll post again tomorrow as Everet and I are leaving Tom and Parker to tend the shop and heading up to the south fork for the afternoon………
Some of our still waters are not at their peak of best fishing yet. This includes Chesterfield, Springfield, Twenty-Four Mile Reservoirs and the Harriman Fish Pond which are producing, but not at their best. Things will pick up when damselflies are egg laying and mating making dry damselfly patterns just the ticket. The road to Horseshoe Lake is open. FYI: the water level at Twenty-Four Mile is dropping, but not yet to the point where mud flats are a big problem.
The Ashton-Flagg Road is open at least to Grassy Lake Reservoir. That means all access points along the road to Fall River in the Park are open. Fall River remains somewhat high with run-off but can be fished. That’s the same with all Fall River Basin streams in the Park. Streamer and woolly bugger patterns will be the best bet.The Beula Lake trail head can also be reached. If you travel to Beula, best fishing results from a float tube. Try medium sized wooly bugger (#8-10) types, damselfly nymph patterns, bead head nymphs, and midge pupa under an indicator.
Palisades Reservoir tributaries Bear and McCoy Creeks are in good fishing shape right now. Run-up cutts are still present, but most are heading back to the reservoir. Wet flies including bead head nymphs in medium sizes, woolly bugger types, and streamers are best for getting the attention of these fish.
Many of these are beginning to recede as run-off begins to diminish. Robinson Creek is in good shape, so is Warm River. Both have PMDs and caddis with a few green drakes left on Robinson. Teton River drainage streams remain high with run-off, but South Fork tribs, closed until 7/1, are clearing. Bear Creek is in fishing shape, and McCoy Creek is dropping. Further south, the Salt River tribs: Jackknife, Tin Cup, Stump, and Crow Creek are rounding into fishing shape. Try your favorite bead head nymph, small wooly bugger and leech patterns on these.
Fishing is good, but watch out for the wind! Fish have mostly move away from shorelines. So get out in the lake to about 12-15 feet of water. Use Type 2 or 3 lines to get those leech, halloween, and olive crystal patterns down to fish. Consider trying a Gartside wet mouse pattern. Use a very slow troll with a once-in-a-while twitch. Not familiar with great and easily tied pattern? Get in touch with us to learn how to tie it.