Fishing Report - August 8, 2018
Snake River – The Snake River is at great level for dry fly fishing. Some of the fall Claassenia stoneflies are starting to show up on the Snake and Hoback. This also coincides with hoppers now becoming common on stream banks. Many of the same types of flies will cross imitate these large meals. Good patterns are the Mystery Meat Golden, Henrys Fork Foam Golden and tan Morrish Hoppers. The best fishing on the Snake is from about 9AM to 1PM and later in the day from 6PM until dark. General purpose patterns like Stimulators, Elk Hair Caddis, Convertibles and Parachute Hares Ears fish well throughout the day.
Snake River Tributaries – The Hoback is at nice level for wade fishing. Clarity is exceptional. Look for fish in deeper troughs, runs and pools. CFO Ants, pink Chubby Chernobyls and Morningwood Special are good flies. Yellow Sally patterns and Cinnamon Power Ants are good smaller patterns. Look for evening caddis fishing. Granite Creek is a nice option for fishing in amazing surroundings. Use Para Wulffs, Micro Chubby and Grand Hoppers to cover the pockets. 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 Humpies and PMDs.
Flat Creek – Continues to be itself since the August 1. Challenging, rewarding and frustrating at the same time. Water is a higher than normal so fish may be in different locations than you remember from previous years. Look for banks that are fast enough to bring cutt’s food and slow enough to lazy. Also, don’t ignore midstream runs at this level. To increase your odds use your eyes and ears to fins feeding fish. Walk quietly, keep a low profile and give other anglers plenty of room. There are good mid-morning hatches of Grey Drakes and PMDs and as the day progresses small hoppers, beetles and ants can work. Rusty spinners are good too. An arsenal of PMD and Grey Drakes patterns are helpful on selective fish.