The cooler weather with great recent rainfall is just what is needed to improve still water fishing in our region. With cooling shallows and shorter days we should soon receive reports of improved fishing. As soon as these accumulate and appear credible, we will begin placing information on this report. For now Daniels Reservoir appears to offer some of the best fishing with midge pupa suspended at taking depth and leech patterns interesting trout.
Now that the number of recreational boaters are diminishing on the Teton River in Teton Basin it is time to enjoy uninterrupted daytime fishing. BWOs and mahogany dun action and a few gray drakes are bringing trout up. Sometime during the first week of October flow out of the Blackfoot River Reservoir will drop to around 100 cfs. Dry fly fishing and streamer presentation on the river below will improve to destination quality and remain so through October.
BWO and mahogany dun activities are interesting trout up and down the river. Add AM trico spinner falls, some terrestrial insects remaining, evening caddis activity and the result is a great time for dry fly fishing. We are also entering the time of year when the Henry’s Fork also offers first class streamer fishing. Look for the best action, but bound to improve as we move into October, in such as the lower river where browns are becoming aggressive, Box Canyon, and the river above Macks Inn.
This summer the riffle fishing was not up to par up and down the river, but current BWO and mahogany dun activity with fish responding is making up for the summer conditions. In some ways now is a better time to enjoy the riffles because fishing pressure is on the decline and much more of the river offers safe wading. Flow out of Palisades Dam today is just under 4200 cfs (about 5200 cfs at Heise) and sure to go lower. Streamer fishing is picking up, evening caddis action continues, and terrestrial insects still interest trout. With weather predicted to improve as we move to the end of September, it looks like the most enjoyable time to fish the South Fork this year is now!
Lewis River Channel
It’s time to go back to the Firehole River as cooler weather means cooling water to offset the thermal water input. Fall season BWOs and caddis will bring action especially under low light conditions. Some trico spinner falls remain on the Madison River with BWOs are coming on strong. If you prefer to pitch streamers, the Madison River in the Park and the Lewis River between Shoshone and Lewis Lake and just below Lewis Lake are the best places to try, and these waters will see more trout moving in (browns in the Lewis River, browns and rainbows in the Madison River) as we go through October. Brown trout runs in other streams (Gardner, Gibbon, Snake) will peak later in the month. Don’t overlook the Yellowstone River for presenting streamers to large resident cutthroat in areas open to fishing from the lake to the falls. Streamer fishing in Heart, Shoshone, Lewis, and Yellowstone Lakes will improve, but the weather will not, so prepare accordingly especially if you pack into any of these lakes. With killing frosts look for terrestrial insects to diminish, but presenting hopper patterns on meadow sections of all streams will be effective well into October during good weather.
Well, we got the weather change we all wanted! Unfortunately for us, it came pretty hard and fast and has slowed the fishing down. As soon as the weather mellows out and warms back up, it will be go time up at Henry’s. Leech patterns in darker colors should be the go-to for the rest of the fall. As far as location goes, anywhere with fairly clean water will fish well. Concentrate fishing in water under 10ft with the appropriate lines. A lot of the big fish lately have come in very shallow water and we have started carrying a couple new lines in the shop to help you get to these fish. Give us a call at the shop about these new lines and we can get you squared away!
Looks like a change in season is arriving! Although summer officially ended Friday, September 22nd, we received an early taste of high country autumn the last few days. The impact with respect to fishing will be some wanted changes. Dry fly fishing on the Henry’s Fork below Ashton Dam will pick up with BWO hatches of the season. So will chances for very large trout responding to streamers, especially as weather worsens. The South Fork will offer BWO and mahogany dun activity for the dry fly enthusiast and also increased chances to encounter large trout for the streamer enthusiast. Many of our still waters, so dormant last summer, will offer improved fishing as waters cool. That includes Henry’s Lake, to the relief of its many enthusiasts. Word is going around that there may not be as many fish in the lake (there are still plenty), but what is there seems to run larger than in recent years. In all waters hosting them, brown trout will begin migrations to spawning areas, and there are plenty of area streams inhabited by browns. With all these changes impacting angling strategy, rest assured that we will continue our practice of offering information, products, and services for enjoying fly-fishing.
We see winter arriving on the scene in a few months, and that arrival signals time to begin planning our winter schedule. Look for our annual fly tying demos to begin this November and continue, barring holidays, into March, 2018. We will offer entry level fly tying classes during certain week-day evenings throughout the winter. Specialty workshops are also being considered and will be offered if sufficient demand arises. Look for scheduling of the demos, entry level tying classes, and other activities on our web site and in our Facebook announcements. Winter is not time to be an “armchair fly-fisher” in our region. It is the time to tie flies, build rods, clean, repair and replace equipment, and make plans for the next season. In addition there will “bluebird days” during the winter when getting out on the water will be a pleasure. So for all these activities, regardless of the season, All Seasons Angler will be here to serve you in any fly-fishing capacity.
For the last several days USBuRec has ramped down flow out of Palisades Dam to its present level of 6970 cfs. Look for more flow reductions coming up as water storage in the reservoir progresses. These actions will allow an increase in wading opportunities. Currently the river features very good BWO emergences in riffles with some mahogany duns showing. This cooler weather will bring PMD activity to an end, but hoppers and other terrestrial insects will remain in well vegetated areas until a killing frost arrives. Streamer fishing during low light conditions is another aspect that will improve anywhere along the river. All this means that some of the best fishing it can offer this year could be coming up on the South Fork.
Again. we emphasize that current weather is turning on fish in the lake. Look for improved fishing in all locations. It is tough to recommend any particular fly on an overall basis because physical conditions at locations around the lake vary. Thus your fly box should contain a variety of flies including such as leech and streamer patterns, midge and speckled dun life cycle patterns, traditional Henry’s Lake flies, and attractor patterns. Some of the best fishing on the lake is when weather is at its worst, so dress for the occasion. So if you are fishing from a boat, especially under such conditions, do so with care, and include all suitable safety equipment in enough quantity for all occupants. .