Late October brown trout fishing

Now that guiding season has slowed, I get to do some fishing.
It should come as no surprise that October here in the Wyoming
Rockies means Brown trout. Shorter days get brown moving up
and down river gearing up for spawning. It’s a great time to target
large, aggressive fish with streamers.

I hit the road yesterday morning with Lulus in hopes of finding
some nice fish with streamers. After a slow drive thanks to icy
roads, we hit the water amidst some early season snow. I choose
to fish my Winston BIIIX 6 wt; a great all purpose rod for out here.
Fish, both browns and rainbows were receptive to my white wooly
bugger-type streamers. By mid afternoon, after catching 8 or 9
nice fish we retreated back to the truck to warm up and head

slogging down the road to fish

Roads were slow going thanks to an early season
dusting of snow. Fortunately we made it to the river.

colored up brown trout

A little artsy; nice to capture this colored-up fall run
brown trout in the net.

Streamer fishing for wyoming brown trout

One of many fish that fell for my white streamer. It’s
always nice to hook some sizeable fish late in the season. While
the weather might be less than desireable, late fall here in
Jackskon Hole and surronding areas is a great time to hunt for
trophy trout!

Looks to be a wrap

It looks like I’ve guided my last trip of the season (unless the phone rings of course…), wrapping up what proved to be another great year on the water. Dave and I spent two days float fishing this past week; first on the Snake and then on the Salt. The weather couldn’t have been better and it was great to catch up with Dave and his wife Celeste after not seeing them since last year. Fish were caught both days and it was nice to end the season with such nice folks.

Dave's October cutt

Dave’s all smiles as we show off one of his snake river cutthroat trout from our float the other day. Warm weather has made float fishing on the Snake a great late season option- good fishing and an empty river!

Thanks to all of you who fished with me the past months. It’s always fun taking both return and new anglers out and I’m already looking forward to more of it! I’m planning on getting in some more fishing of my own in the weeks to come. Days continue to get shorter but that won’t stop Lulu and I from hitting the water. Also, I think Jamie and I are going to go float the Bighorn in the near future. And while the seasons are changing, I’ll continue to offer guided fly fishing trips in and around Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Half day winter walk-in trips can be a blast!

Reunion tour

I spent the past week fishing with my friend Kurt. Kurt and I
grew up together and spent lots of time fly fishing the streams
and rivers of central PA while in college. Every year we try to get
together to fish (usually Kurt comes out here once my guiding
season slows). We fished hard for 6 days straight and shared some
good times on various waters here in the greater Yellowstone
region. Rather than give a play by play, I’ll let the pictures speak
for themselves…

Bighorn rainbow

Kurt shows off a nice rainbow from the Bighorn. Fishing
was fun, but challenging as fish were sipping tiny spinners all day


Kurt works a rugged piece of water in the greater
yellowstone region; cutthroat, whitefish and brook trout all were
caught during our day.

Lulu and Kurt on the Bighorn

Lulu Keeps an eye on me while kurt sheds a layer in the
warm October sun.

Fly Fishing fall cutthroat trout

a nice October cutthroat trout.

shadow casting on the Henry's Fork

Kurt shadow-casting (ok, high-stick nymphing) on the
Henry’s Fork. High-sticking with black stonefly nymphs was the key
to too many rainbows to count.’

Brown trout in Wyoming

Doesn’t get much better than this… This big brown
couldn’t refuse Kurt’s dead-drifted nymph. 

Looks like this week will be my last week of guiding for the
season (unless someone else lines a trip up). I’m excited to take
out a long time return client of mine for a few fun days on the
water. More to come on that…


Fishing the Firehole Canyon

Here’s a shot from the Firehole Canyon in Yellowstone National Park. Anglers Craig, Mark and Bob spent a day with me on the Firehole. Fishing was tough due to blue-bird skies and warm temps (the bugs never hatched). Despite this though we had a great day in the park!

I’ve been busy around here, finishing up the guiding season with a bang. Some great return clients mixed in with some new folks have made the past few weeks really fun. Overall the weather round here in Jackson Hole has been fantastic- lots of sun and warm temperatures. Fishing trips have had us headed in all directions; south to the Salt, West to Snake, North to Yellowstone National Park and east to Dubois. I’ll be honest, while I enjoy the sunshine, I do think it has made the fishing a little more challenging. Clients have had good days on the water but have definitely had to work for their fish. Some clouds would surely get some hatches swinging.

Lydia's catch

Lydia is all smiles after catching some fish on the the Snake river. Not bad for a first timer!

Craig's cutty

Craig and Wyn spent their final day floating the Snake. We had a great day on the water with this catch being the highlight. Craig worked this guy with various patterns before fooling him with a size 6 chernobyl ant.

Today begins a bit of fishing vacation for me. My friend Kurt arrives this afternoon and we’ll be fishing together for the next week or so. Plans include some time at the cabin, a float on the Bighorn, South Fork and Salt, throw in some wade fishing on the Henry’s Fork and we’ve got some fine fishing ahead of us.

road jam; buffalo on the move

The buffalo were on the move the other night. When the herd moves across the highway, traffic stops. Not a bad way to spend part of the work commute