Fishing Report - July 18, 2018
Yellowstone Park – Yellowstone River opened July 15 downstream of Yellowstone Lake. Look for Yellow Sallies, PMDs, caddis and golden stones. Cripple PMDs and Everything Emergers or X Caddis are good flies to carry. This is a nice option for some nicer sized Yellowstone strain cutthroats. Also, don’t to forget to carry a few ants and beetles.
Snake River – The Snake River is dropping and is providing some good dry fly fishing. Elk hair caddis, Royal Stimulators and PMX are good bets and seem to be fishing better than the larger foam dries. Old classics like the Humpy and Royal Wulff are also good. A small nymph, like a Copper John, below the dry can be helpful. Clearer water from the Hoback River due to Cliff Creek clearing is improving fishing in the Canyon. Floating will give you better access to the fish holding wooded banks. The upper Snake above Jackson Lake is also a good bet.
Snake River Tributaries – The Hoback is clearing nicely and offers miles of access in the National Forest. We are starting to see some insect hatches too. Streamers are a good bet. The Gros Ventre River down stream of Slide Lake in Teton Park is fishing well and has some of the clearest water in the area. There is good access between Highway 89 upstream through the Gros Ventre Campground. Smaller Chernobyls, golden stones and hoppers are good as well as a Para Wulffs. Pacific Creek continues to fish well. Bear spray is standard issue for fishing the tributaries.
Green River – Grey Drakes are still coming off providing some good morning fishing. There are also PMDs, a variety of caddis and Yellow Sallies in the mix. A Morrish May in Callibaetis is a wonderful grey drake. Expect the terrestrial fishing to kick in with the warmer, windy days and maturing hoppers. Don’t forget to carry a few Parachute Ants. Afternoons are a bit bright for optimum fishing, but evening caddis and spinner falls can provide some exciting fishing.
Along with flies, leaders and tippets you may want some insect repellent. Mosquitos and horse flies have come to life in recent weeks. Insect repellent clothing from Ex Officio, Simms and Toad & Co.