Fishing Report - 5.06.2020
It’s May, and unfortunately for the Jackson area, that means runoff for the majority of our local streams. The Snake is currently at 10,500cfs above Alpine. With the warm spring temperatures over the last couple of weeks, the Snake is high and clarity is diminishing significantly. Also, due to COVID-19 restrictions, Grand Teton National Park is closed to fishing until further notice. However, Wilson, South Park and Astoria boat ramps are currently open if you are looking to go for a float (ramps are closed below Astoria). If you do fish the Snake, I’d recommend big, dark flies fished deep in the slower pools. Deep nymph rigs and streamers will be your best bet.
Flat Creek at the feed grounds has been mostly clear and certainly fishable. You’ll find the most clarity earlier in the day with the snowmelt picking up steam in the afternoons. Mother’s Day Caddis, midges and BWOs have all been hatching on Flat Creek. Again, if temperatures stay warm, expect Flat Creek to go into runoff soon. But, there is always clear water to be found, for those willing to travel…
As of May 5th, although high, cold, and a bit off color, the Green River has been fishable in the mornings until about 2pm, with the fishing slowing significantly in the afternoons. With warm weather in the forecast for the rest of this week, it is likely to blowout soon. Call us at the shop for the latest intel before heading down there.
In Idaho, the South Fork has been steady at 14,000 cfs and the fishing has been productive. The predominant hatch is still midges with some BWOs and Caddis emerging. Double-nymph rigs with a dark Pat’s Rubberlegs (size 8-12) trailed by a Zebra Midge (size 16-20) in black, olive or red. Psycho May Nymphs and Duracell Jigs are effective caddis and BWO imitations. Rainbow Warriors, lightning bugs will always pick up some rainbows during high cold flows. Streamers are also an effective setup from the boat. Generally, dark if the clarity is off. Shiny and flashy will trigger a chase as well. Vary your retrieve.
The Henry’s Fork near Ashton is currently at 2420cfs and flows should settle over the next week, which is very welcome news for anglers. Unstable flows have turned off the fishing a bit recently, but as things stabilize, look for the fishing to improve dramatically. Mother’s Day Caddis, BWOs, Midges, and March Browns have all been hatching regularly on the lower river. The dry fly fishing opportunities should become more prevalent in the coming days with the flows coming down. We should have excellent fishing on the Fork for the foreseeable future.
Be safe out there!