I hit up the Blacktail Ponds stretch of the Snake. I caught 4 or 5, the biggest being 16″, while the others were small. I brought a few other good fish up, but couldn’t get them to eat. I used terrestrials mainly. Wet flies may have fooled more fish, but it is late July so I stuck with dries. The water is in pretty good shape, and should be perfect in a week or so.
Note the two bull moose in the middle ground.
Hammered a smallish hopper grand.
Today I hit up the trailhead stretch of — Creek. The water had silted up some since Wednesday, but the fish were still looking up regardless. I caught five, lost four, and missed a couple more. All of the action was on small stimulators. There were plenty of stoneflies about, at least three different species. It was the hottest day of the year so far.
The water was a wee bit high to fish the canyon.
Came right up for an olive stimulator.
Perhaps the best example of a fine-spotted cutty I’ve caught.
A friend and I hit up the Lewis today. We started out above the falls and walked all the way to the lake without catching anything. We might have had a few grabs on streamers, but it’s tough to tell for sure. There were a few tiny stoneflies about and mayflies started hatching as we made our way back to the car. With that on our minds we moved to just upstream of the the confluence with the Snake. The bugs were out down there and we did pretty good on size 16 dries. I caught six with three being in the 16″ range and missed a couple as well. My friend caught three, one of which was an 18+” beauty, and missed a few more. The weather wasn’t great to say the least…rain, hail, wind, and temps in the low 50s. Nonetheless it was a good day.
Stormy weather over the Snake.
Sipped a parachute Adams.
Cuttys saved the day!
After the game, a few friends and I hit the canyon stretch of the Gros Ventre. The water is still high and off-color, but we had some success on streamers. I caught three and lost a small one. The biggest I landed was about 16″. My friends caught another 7 or 8, two of which were rainbows. There were lots of salmonflies, but the water was too off-color for the fish to be looking up. Aside from the 20 minute thunderstorm, it was a good afternoon on the water.
Gotta love the big bugs.
Took an olive conehead bugger.
The Green dropped 1200 cfs since last weekend thanks to the recent cool temps. There were tons of salmonflies (and caddis) about, so except for using a streamer for a short bit, I used big salmonfly dries all day. I caught something like 12 fish, ranging in size from 12 to 20″, and missed/lost another 12 or so. The biggest (non-steelhead) trout I have ever personally seen hammered a big dry, but unfortunately I didn’t get a good hook set. It was easily 25″+. I tried two other times, using every trick in the book, to fool that donkiest of donkeys again, but no such luck. All told I spent about 9 hours on the water, having it to myself much of that time. A good day.
It’s amazing what a week of cool weather can do for water levels and clarity.
A good start to the day.
They were everywhere.
Some fine brown trout in the Green.
A good end to the day.
I introduced some friends to the Green today. The fishing was fairly slow, though it started out good. The water was still plenty high and off-color. I mainly nymphed with a rubberlegs and various trailers. My friends mostly used streamers. I caught three decent browns and a handful of small fish. One friend caught a few nice browns, and the other was skunked. There were a few salmonflies on the bushes, so I tried a big dry just in case, but nothing. We had three short-lived snow squalls blow through, but thankfully the sun would come out shortly thereafter.
The first snow squall blew through 10 minutes later.
The last fish of the day.
The biggest of the day that I landed.