Small Streams 7-22-14

Looking for another great small stream to take a youngster or physically challenged person to for a chance for a good fly fishing experience?  For sure Birch Creek is a great selection, but McCoy Creek is another. It is currently in great fishing shape. Go south on US Hwy 89 from Alpine, Wyoming, then about three miles below town, take the McCoy Creek Road back into Idaho along the Palisades Reservoir southeast shore. After the road crosses McCoy Creek and closely parallels it going upstream, you will see a number of pull-out with the creek close by. Meadow and riffle-run stretches are present.  This time of year dry terrestrial patterns, caddis life cycle patterns, traditional attractor, and on occasion flav life cycle patterns will bring cutts up. It will be rare to attract a cutt over fifteen inches, but you never know for sure.  So easy to access, scenic country, and eager trout makes for a good selection!

South Fork 7-19-14

No big change since our 7/14 report.  Flows are stable (13200 cfs at dam, 13700 at Heise) with water temps in the mid 50s coming out of the dam.  The upper river offers the best fishing.  A few golden stones remain.Try PMD and pink albert life cycle patterns in the riffles. Timing is nymphs early, then emergers as the day progresses, on to duns if you see fish taking on the surface.  Afternoon caddis activity can bring fish up. Terrestrial patterns will be important soon. Try your favorite streamer pattern early in the morning, and around sunset. And remember that for all your dry patterns, presentation and ability to see them on the surface trumps choice.

South Fork 07-14-14

Fishing on the lower South Fork from the lower canyon downstream has slowed down a lot from last week. The best fishing is in the upper river from the dam through the canyon and that is where most folks are targeting until fishing improves on the lower river.

If you do venture out on the lower river look for nymphing to be your best method. We should start to see the mutant golden stones appear first on the  river below byington which should makes thing better for that stretch.

 

 

South Fork 7-12-14

The giant stonefly event is pretty much over, but fish still know what they are, so keep a few patterns for them in your fly box. Golden stones, PMDs (3 tails on duns), pink alberts (2 tails on duns), afternoon caddis, and sallys are keeping fish active on most of the river. So be sure to have patterns for their life cycle in that box. Don’t overlook swinging one of Wes Newman’s Super-X patterns under, then away from overhead cover.

A good reason why South Fork fishing is stacking up better this year than last is that Palisades Reservoir at 75% of capacity. This means cooler water (currently around 54 deg. F just below Palisades Dam) going into the river. Last year with the reservoir at so much less of capacity, water going into the river was warmer making dry fly fishing frustratingly slow by this time of year.  Are you a South Fork enthusiast? Count your blessings for 2014 because good water conditions should go on for quite some time here.

Small Streams 7-8-14

All small streams not impacted by irrigation water are in good fishing shape. The lower Blackfoot River is an exception because of fluctuating flows of irrigation water. But the river above the reservoir, having opened on July 1st, is in good fishing shape. Try your favorite PMD life cycle patterns here, and for the meadow reach in the Blackfoot River Wildlife Management Area look for a sparse evening brown drake emergence. And remember that adult damselfly patterns will work here as they will on any meadow stream.

South Fork 7-07-14

First off, the South Fork is fishing great all throughout the river. The salmon flies are now all the way up to the Palisades Dam, but they are still in the canyon.  When fishing the big bugs, I would stop on a gravel bar and fish the structures like log jams, big boulders, and troughs. Along with the big bugs are PMDs, Yellow Sallies, and a big Caddis towards night.  If there is an overcast day, I would not be afraid to try a streamer. Therefore the selection of flies I would have, goes as such:

Trout Flies:

Super Chernobyl Golden Yellow (size 8 & 10)

CFO Pink Ant (size 8)

Improved Sofa Pillow (size 4)

Rollin Stone (size 4)

Small Dries:

Pink Comparadun (size 16 & 18)

Pink Albert CDC Biot Emerger (size 16 & 18)

Kyle’s Yellow Sally (size 12 & 14)

Goddard Caddis (size 14)

Nymphs:

Bennet’s Seal Rubber Legs (size 6 & 8)

Beadhead Crystal Pheasant Tail (size 14 & 16)

Red Copper John (size 14 & 16)

Streamers:

Gallop’s Olive or White Sex Dungen (size 2)

Coffey’s Sparkle Minnow Sculpin (size 6)

Stenersen’s Lite Brite Minnow Rainbow (size 4)

 

 

South Fork 7-3-14

There is no significant change from earlier in the week with the types of insects and fly patterns. The fishing is very good and we are in the beginning of that time period on the south fork that everyone looks forward to. For those interested in the big stoneflies, they are out in good numbers above Cottonwood. Again we want to emphasize that there are many types of bugs out and you’ll find fish in different parts of the river eating different insects. Below is a list of flies that we will use for the next couple of weeks.

Big Stoneflies:

Rogue Foam Stone #4 and 6

Brett’s Stone #4 and 6

Improved Sofa Pillow #4 and 6

Golden Stoneflies:

CFO Golden Stone #8

Rollin’ Stone #10

Chubby Chernobyl  (purple and tan) #8 and 10

Yellow Sally Stones:

CFO Yellow Sally-X #12 and 14

Kyle’s Yellow Sally #12 and 14

 

 

 

Mayflies:

Pale Morning Dun Thorax Dun #16

Harrop’s PMD Cripple #16 and 18

William’s CDC Pale Morning Dun #16

Harrops Pale Morning Dun Nymph #16

 

 

 

Other:

Super-X  #4

Sculpzilla (streamer) #4 and 8

South Fork 6-28-14

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.

Henry’s Fork 6-28-14

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.