Dry Flies and some exploring

The dry fly fishing on the Snake has been great lately! It’s
nice to see the river in such good shape; clear, ample fish
holding channels and riffles and lots of bugs. Each day I’ve
been having clients fish a variety of different flies to the local
trout. I’d say PMDs, Yellow stoneflies and parachute adams
are my favorites at the moment. We also have started to cast
some large foam bugs now that the grasshoppers are out and
about. Here’s Jim with a nice Snake river cutthroat trout.

Jim's cutthroat trout

After spending the week on the water with some
great clients, Jamie and I thought we’d get out of town and do
a quick camping trip. Our destination was the Tri Basin area,
more specifically, LaBarge creek. A small stream high in the
Wyoming range rumored to contain pure Colorado river
Cutthroat trout, LaBarge and the surrounding wilderness
seemed to be just the adventure we were looking for. 

Somewhere between Jackson and Alpine, we decided that
since we were headed to the Tri Basin area, we should take a
shot at catching 3 of the 4 native cutthroat trout needed for a
Wyoming Cutt Slam. We ammended our drive and squeezed in
some fishing for the rare (thought to be extinct until
“rediscovered”) Bonneville cutthroat trout. Fortunately we knew
of a tiny stream not too far out of our way that held lots of
them and within a few minutes of wetting a line, Jamie and I
had our Bonnevilles. Here’s Jamie showing off one of the pretty
little guys…. 

bonneville cutthroat trout

Feeling confident, we pressed on, traversing miles of
Forest service roads, all while taking in the sights. Eventually
we came to the Tri Basin (3 water basins begin here. one goes
to the Pacific ocean via the Greys/Snake river, one to the Gulf
of California via the Green/Colorado and one to the Great Basin
via the Bear River) and our camping destination, LaBarge
Creek. Along the way we encoutered numerous historical
markers as we traveled on the same trail that pioneers had
traveled in 1859 during their journey west along the Oregon
Trail. Below is a little info on the meadow we fished. Pretty
cool to think of what went on here 150+ years ago.

Labarge meadow

A wide shot of LaBarge Meadow… Jamie’s fishing while
Sage looks for trout

Labarge Creek

Unfortunately for us, the trout were no where to be found;
not a rise, look, fly refusal, etc. Didn’t even see any spook.
This, despite reading numerous accounts of the healthy
population that resides in this stream. I’m not gonna lie, after
fishing the LaBarge hard, as well as its tiny tributaries, we
were a bit bummed. I’m not really sure what happened. The
only thing we could surmise is that the recent forest fire
nearby might have had something to do with the lack of fish…
Who know? If anyone out there has any info, I’d love to hear it.

Regardless, we had a great time camping along the stream
under the vast Wyoming sky. Heading home to Jackson, we
followed the Grey’s river all the way to Alpine and redeemed
ourselves in the fishing department, catching several pretty
Snake River cutthroat trout. Now that we’re home, we’re
already thinking about a reunion trip and other places to find
some Colorado cutthroat trout.

Hot Fishing

Fishing around Jackson has come into its own lately. Just
about every river and stream is fishing great right now, with
clear water and eager fish. I’ve been out with folks, fishing
numerous places.

The Green continues to fish well with grey drakes and
yellow sallies. Mornings are best, but fish have been rising
throughout the day to well presented dries.

The Snake is clear and full of rising cutthroat trout. We’re
currently seeing lots of smaller fish (6-12″) take PMDs, golden
stones and yellow sallies in the riffles. Hot weather has also
brought the first of many hoppers out, and it won’t be long
until we are fishing bigger patterns. I suspect that larger fish
will start feeding on the surface shortly….

The Dubois area is also coming into it’s own. The Wind
river is clear and fish can be fooled with nymphs and hatch
appropriate dry flies. Tributaries in the area are all good
options for the adventurous angler (just be sure to pack your
bear spray and mosquito repellent). Look for some great
hatches in the evening.

Here are a few pictures from the past couple weeks:

David caught a beautiful rainbow on the green; fooled it
with a well placed rusty spinner.

with his rainbow

Fishing in Dubois…..

Dubois tributary

Lauren worked the Dubois water and was rewarded with
her first ever fish on a fly rod

Lauren's first trout

One of Shane’s numerous fish on the Green. We had a
fantastic day of dry fly fishing

with a great Brown

Pretty Brown….

Green River Brown