Back from Jackson Hole
My family and I are back from Wyoming. As you can see from some of the pics, we caught some nice fish. The first pics are from a trip I did with two beginning fly anglers right before we left. As you can see they caught some fish and were pretty excited as was I. While I was away, Evan, my second guide also ran a successful float for Pike with a guest from the UK who had wanted to trout fish, but conditions were just too warm. They landed a handful of nice fish and I am hoping to get a pic soon!
I am pretty disappointed to find out that the weather just won't turn to fall. September is typically my favorite month to trout fish but it continues to be too warm and dry. It looks like it will be changing at the end of the week, but I have said that before ( read a few reports back). Thing will surely change soon as fall can't help but begin. I anticipate fishing to be good. October caddis, some left over ISO's and BWO's will be the main ticket. I have a lot of success nymphing small #20 red copper johns and PT's this time of year. Salmon are going to begin moving toward the rivers. If we get any rain, we may see some push up. Last year the salmon fishing was good from around the first week of October.
Ill have more info about local conditions toward the end of the week when it cools off as I have a couple of trips lined up and will get out on my own as well.
I am beginning to get lots of dates booked, but can fit some more trips before the end of October!
As far as Jackson Hole, Wyoming goes I'll keep it brief, but as always my wife lands the biggest trout. Her toad of a wild Snake River Fine Spotted CutThroat Trout was landed on a small spring creek just outside of town called Flat Creek. It is well known for its large, but difficult to catch trout. These fish are smart, and very spooky. Catching them requires stealthily stalking the banks and spotting the fish. Most casts are taken kneeling down to prevent spooking the fish. I would recommend this to any experienced angler, but don't get upset if you get skunked. I talked with a guy from the Fish and Wildlife service over there and he said probably 90% of people don't land a fish on the creek. We also had three nice floats with our friends we were staying with on the Snake River. This is a big river with lots of fish. The cool thing about the river is the fish prefer dries. I nymphed multiple times, and only caught a handful of trout, but tie on dries and the same runs will yield a bunch of fish. Its an amazingly beautiful float. Most fish are small, but there are some good ones. We found some nice fish in small braids in the river that don't often get fished. The snake is the most heavily fished river I have ever seen, so I just think the bigger fish have seen it all, but every once in a while a big fish will look at your fly and sometimes eat it. I do have to admit, that while I caught a lot of fish, my dry fly game was rusty and I missed a lot of fish that should have been hooked.
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Ben Wilcox Owner/Guide Maple Country Anglers