Matching Browns

I spent the past two days with Bill and his son Will. Friday was their first time fishing the Green. The guys landed these matching browns out of the same hole. Nice work guys!

Bill's brown

Will's brown

What a fish!

I’m happy to report that the Green River is really starting
to fish well. I’ve been down there twice the past few days and
have had a great time. The water is coming down and clearing
fast and bugs are coming off in droves. I plan on spending a
lot of time on it with clients in the next few weeks.

My friend Brandon from Colorado was introduced to the
upper Green yesterday and it didn’t disappoint. He fished a
combination of dries and nymphs, picking up several fish on
both. However the fish of the day (and possibly year) came on
a dry fly fished on 5x tippet. We found this guy feeding in a
back eddy and had to chase him down river for quite a while
before finally landing him.

Quite a fish that we’ll both always remember.


Rainbow 2

Rainbow 3


If you read my brief fishing report, you’ll know that I’m feeling
a bit optimistic. After a long bout of high, dirty water, it seems
that things are improving and we’re on the verge of fishing
here in Jackson.

I’ve had some folks out on morning walk-in trips this past week
and also ventured down to the Green river. Folks have caught
some smaller trout on dry flies (caddis and parachute adams).
This has been great to see, not only because for many it was
their very first fish on a fly rod, but also because it’s been a
while since fish have taken a fly on the surface.

I think the Green’s really going to provide some great dry fly
fishing. Floating it the other day, it looked pretty good. And
while not totally clear, it’s definitely fishable, especially if you
don’t mind drifting some nymphs.

Our old friend the Snake may just come around this summer
and give us some good fishing. I noticed that the levels are
down, exposing new gravel bars and channels. It’s still dirty,
but I’d expect it to look better and better each day. Hopefully
we’ll be out on it soon casting hopper patterns to eager trout.
In the meantime, I’ll happily take folks to the Green!

Good things happen to those who wait…

Out and About

Recently I headed north to Yellowstone in search of trout.
Because of the holiday crowds, my friend Matt and I avoided
popular waters and focused on a few lesser known gems that
usually offer up some good fishing when all the water around
Jackson Hole is high and muddy. This year though things were
different. What once was pocket water and long, slow runs was
now a raging torrent comprised of rapids and waves. It became
clear in a hurry that we weren’t going to find much fishable
water. Adding insult to injury, mosquitoes covered (and
devoured) every inch of exposed skin when we stopped for a
drink of water or a pointless cast. Still, we had a great time
and even managed to catch a few small brown trout which, on
a two weight, makes for great fun.

yellowstone brown

Back home here in Jackson things are still a wash with
snow runoff. I spent Sunday morning helping Joe and his son,
Brennan learn about fly fishing. They did a great job working
the water with nymphs and streamer and despite the slow
catching, had a great time getting some time out on the water.
Brennan ended up showing his dad how it’s done, landing a nice
cutthroat on a nymph.

first trout on a fly rod