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July 21, 2013Different waters, different fish..

I’ve been fortunate to fish some great folks on several different waters over the past couple weeks. For those looking for a challenge and the potential for a big catch, the upper Green has been hard to beat. We’ve hit the road early, ensuring that we get fishing before the heat of the day slows the activity. Hatches of Grey Drakes, Yellow Sallies, PMDs and caddis allowed clients to fish dries in many of the riffles, surprised to find how high up fish will lie in the shallows, picking off bugs. When smaller dries faded, we switched to larger attractors or short-lined various nymph patterns. While the fishing could be challenging, the solitude and calm, clear waters made the Green a fun destination.

Other folks wanting to stay closer to home have been fishing the Snake with me. And while flows out of Jackson Lake have made the river higher than normal, the fishing has been pretty darn good. Most of the fish we’ve been catching have been in slower side channels and in shallow riffles. The fish haven’t been huge, but their spunk and hard charging attitude makes up for their size. We have started to see bigger fish though, including a monstrous Cutt that ran my client into his backing, eventually breaking off down stream, and a big yellow-belly who rose along a fast bank to inspect a foam creation yesterday. This is a great sign and hopefully each day on the Snake will yield more and more bigger fish….

Additionally, I had some folks wanting to get off the beaten path and chose to fish with me over near Dubois, in the Shoshone National Forest. There, I put them on a favorite small stream of mine, where brook trout and Yellowstone cutthroat rose without hesitation to various attractor patterns and we didn’t see a sole all day. Now that July is almost finished, I expect to fish more hopper- type patterns. Hoppers are buzzing along the banks, and with some windy afternoons, the resident fish will start keying in on them. Flat Creek on the Refuge also opens soon (Aug. 1) and it’ll be fun to take folks out and stalk the weary, trophy cutthroat that feed selectively along its banks. Hope everyone is getting out and enjoying summer.

One of John's Dubios trout...

john enjoying some small stream fishing with teton fly   fishing

A Brown from the upper Green...

brown trout in 'da net


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