Fishing Report - August 27, 2018
Fishing our local waters is in its prime right now, even if it’s a bit smoky out. Don’t expect epic hatches with this type of air quality, but do expect to still see loads of hoppers and Claasenia (golden/mutant stoneflies) popping, so big bugs are still working and should continue even with a little cold. Morrish and Grand hoppers are always our go-to patterns on the Snake and bigger tributaries. Cutthroat tend to like big hunks of orange and red foam, so Hippie Stompers work well too as a big beetle, stone, or hopper. Running a dropper underneath, like Sanchez’s Glass House caddis or biot bug will increase your chances of a take. Larger-sized caddis are being spotted around the Snake and tributaries as well, so a larger elk hair caddis, especially with brown and orange undertones will be your best imitation for our October Caddis and its cousin, the Silver-Striped Sedge.
The Buffalo Fork is fishing well with dries, just watch out for grizz if you choose to hike and fish the National Forest. The Gros Ventre and Hoback are still holding good water too and it should be fairly easy to spot where the fish will hole-up in pools and eddys, and along deeper runs and riffles. Most of our smaller tributaries are beginning to peter out.
On the National Elk Refuge, hatches have slowed with the haze, but don’t be discouraged from throwing small PMDs, crane flies, hoppers and beetles. With chill in the air, Blue-Winged Olives could produce some sustainable dry fly eats in the crepuscular hours. Emergers and cripples often tend to produce more fish on these technical waters than a generic dun or spinner.
If you can’t get out and hike or bike in this air quality, it’s certainly a good time to take of the sport of fly-fishing. Swing by the shop today and we will get you all set up!