Some floating, some wade fishing and fun

Fishing continues to be solid around here in Jackson Hole. I’ve fished some great folks and have more fun trips on the books. Joe and his dad, Geno, came back to fish with me again this August and we three fantastic days. We fish the Snake and took no prisoners; catching lots of fish on dry flies including some nice ones. Then it was off to the Dubois fishing cabin for some fun wade fishing. Muddy water and cold temperatures one day kept us on our toes, but we fished some super-cool gems, catching rainbows and browns on dries and nymphs. Great to see these guys!

Geno and Joe; always great to see these guys. Fun couple of days on the water with them.

joe and gene

Joe with a nice snake river cutthroat.

joe with a Snake river cutt

Brown from a secret spot. Lousy weather meant a hatch of BWOs, followed by a wood fire.

Brown from Notellum

Small water is my favorite, especially when the fish cooperate 

Somewhere special where the rainbows jump

Yellowstone’s Backcountry waters

Yellowstone National Park is know for it’s legendary waters; the Firehole, Madison, Yellowstone, Lamar, etc. What often gets overlooked is the countless streams that take a bit of work to get too. These are some of my favorites and I love an opportunity to fish them with clients. I had the pleasure of taking Gary and Colin deep into the Yellowstone backcountry the other day in search of wild rainbow and cutthroat trout. The guys had a blast fishing fast pocket water while being surrounded by wild country that not many folks get to see.

Gary fishes a productive run. A stimulator with a hare’s ear dropper was all that was needed…

Fly fishing the Yellowstone backcountry

Not the biggest fish, but these wild rainbows had some serious fight in them!

Rainbow trout from a stream in Yellowstone National Park

Colin and his dad, Gary, got to fish some water in Yellowstone National Park that not many folks see. Super fun spending a day with these guys!

Happy clients

Flat Creek morning; a (lousy) photo essay

A few images from a fishy morning on Flat Creek. Flat Creek on the National Elk Refuge here in Jackson Hole, opened for fishing August 1st and will fish well through it’s closing October 31st. 

This guy loved the hopper. As the season progresses, the big fish that reside in Flat Creek will become less likely to aggressively take a hopper, instead opting for mayflies that match the hatch.

Fell for the hopper

Minutes outside of town, Flat Creek is as pretty a place to fish as there is

Flat Creek on the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole

Gravel bottom makes for easy wading. Most of the time however you’re better off staying on the banks; careful fo the holes and muck….

gravel bottom of Flat Creek

My weapon of choice, a 5wt Winston. A 4 wt is fun to fish too but the 5wt helps battle the big fish that like to run downstream and head under banks.

Weapon of choice; Winston 5wt

Who says you have to wear Khaki and camo while fishing the Refuge? I think fish like a little Hawaiian flare…

Some Hawaiian style for the trout

Pretty, strong fish- hard to catch but extremely rewarding

one of the resident cutthroat trout on the elk refuge

Heat reprieve; small stream

Saturday I sought refuge from the excessive heat by exploring
a small stream with my friend Matt and Lulu. I’d fished this water
before further down but hadn’t explored one of it’s smaller forks.
In a last minute decision I grab my “new” Tenkarka rod;
determined to give it a proper chance and see what all the
hullabaloo is about.

As I alluded to in a previous blog post, I’ve spent years
naysaying and making fun of this telescoping rod movement. On a
cold snowy day this winter though i broke down and bought one
from Tenkara Rod Company, a small company over the hill in
Idaho, and have been waiting for the right opportunity to test it
out. Well the water we were fishing Saturday seemed as good as it
gets for the glorified cane pole. So I extended it out to it’s 11 feet
of tapered glory, tied a stimulator on the 3 foot piece of tippet and
proceeded to have a blast fishing it. It’s really intuitive to use and
I quickly got use to not having the reel. The long reach of it was
ideal for getting perfect drifts around boulders, etc. and it was nice
not having to fumble with extra line. When not fishing, I collapsed
it down and put it in the back of my vest; I was dog training wit
Lulu while Matt fished, so it was nice having both hands free to
control the beast.

The small stream we fished was beautiful, meandering through
steep hills deep in Griz country. The water didn’t seem to hold as
many fish as it should have, but the one’s we caught were all really
nice for such water and I had a BLAST with the Tenkara rod. I’ll
definitely be using it again for similar types of waters and days
when I’m out and want to keep things simple.

A good fish to break-in the rod with…

Teton Fly Fishing; a tenkara experience

Lulu strikes a pose while Matt works some pocket water
down below.

Lulu on a small stream in Wyoming backcountry

Close up of a beauty; I never get tire of the colors.
Probably will have to do a painting off this pic in the winter.

summer cutthroat

Matt fishes a nice hole deep in Griz country.

Deep in bear country for cutthroat