The big fly-fishing event in the area, as expected this time of year, is giant and golden stone fly emergence. The big bugs should be flying & egg dropping as far upstream as Riverside by now. With the predicted good weather for next few ays, they are likely to be soon doing the same in Box Canyon. Best dry fly strategy for finding where fish are taking them is to walk or boat down to where they are rising. Some big stonefly activity is also ongoing in the lower river, but early and late day caddis activity seems to be just as interesting to resident trout.
From just above Chester backwaters to Bear Gulch in lower Cardiac Canyon stonefly nymphs are moving big time, and some are on the shoreline just waiting for enough sunshine to molt into adults, make whoopee, and go back to the water to lay eggs. If you have any connections with ” Ma Nature” try to convince her to produce enough sunshine to warm us up so all these big bugs get going! Trout and fly-fishers are waiting!
Chesterfield is coming around in offering good fishing. Chironomids are providing some action. So are small leech patterns fished deep. Water temps are in the hi 40’s in Degrees Fahrenheit, so it will take a stretch of good weather to bring on better fishing. No word yet on fishing at 24-Mile Reservoir, but Hawkins is good ( Leeches & Midge life cycle patterns), but gets crowded during this long weekend.
Fishing season opens today. The Firehole will provide the best fishing with BWOs making resident fish active. Use life cycle patterns beginning with nymphs early (unless there are a good amount of rise forms) and changing over to emerger and dun patterns as the day advances. Although the Madison is running a bit high, BWOs are doing the same in the river along the West Entrance Road, so use same strategy as on the Firehole. Also for both rivers be sure to have a few streamer patterns in that fly box.
Look for all other streams in the park to be running high for some time. This is because of last winter’s copious snowfall beginning to run off.
Another thought: the park weather is likely cold and stormy, so bring appropriate gear.
Memorial Day weekend is upcoming. Many folks are wondering if the cool, wet weather has made back country roads passable and if certain campgrounds are open. Certainly you can try USFS web sites such as that for Caribou-Targhee National Forest, but up to date information may not always be present on these. For up to date information on Caribou-Targhee National Forest roads and campgrounds try the following offices:
Caribou-Targhee National Forest 208-524-7500
Ashton Ranger Station 208-652-7443
Island Park Ranger Station 208-558-7301
Palisades District Ranger 208-523-1412
Teton Basin Ranger 208-354-2312
For up to date fishing information, we keep our web site fishing report current as much as possible. So let us help in deciding where to fish this upcoming weekend and check with the above offices to see if you can get there.
Everyone is anticipating the big stonefly event, and it will happen for sure. However, Mother Nature has decided to put it in the “delay mode” by giving us cool and rainy weather for a while. Nymphs are moving, so any rubber leg, wooly bugger, or stonefly pattern fished not far out in the river will bring interest from resident trout. Any adult stonefly out now, if any, is hunkering down waiting for enough warmth to give it some “get up and go.” When warmer weather happens you will see bugs flying and soon after rise forms in the river that will make top water fishing hard to resist. Just be patient!
Yellowstone Park fishing licenses, all classes, and regulations arrived in the shop yesterday. Park fishing season opens Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Firehole River will likely provide the best fishing with caddis and BWO life cycle patterns being the best choices to present.
Pintail Point at Henrys Lake now open to public through F&G’s Access Yes! program
Pintail Point, a piece of private property along Henrys Lake, has enrolled in Idaho Fish and Games’ Access Yes! program. Access Yes! is a program designed to improve access to private land or through private land to public land by compensating willing landowners who provide access. The Pintail Point property was enrolled by the owners for a five year period and grants public access to 296 yards of lakeshore.
No boat launch is available at the site, but it is a popular spot for anglers to hop into a float tube. No fires or overnight camping are allowed and vehicles are restricted to existing roads.
Landowner notification is not required on the Pintail Point property but Fish and Game asks users to be respectful and keep the area free from garbage and vandalism. Respecting these parcels of private land will help to ensure future use by the public and open up additional access opportunities elsewhere.
Full story, photo and map: https://idfg.idaho.gov/press/pintail-point-henrys-lake-enrolls-access-yes-program