9/13/17 Fishing Report

September 13th, 2017

Fall is here. Take advantage of the dry fly fishing while it lasts!

The South Fork of the Snake – The flows coming out of Palisades have dropped the last few days bringing out some big Stone flies. Pink PMD’s and hopper patterns have been working well in the riffles. The streamer fishing has been good and you can expect to see it pick up through the weekend as this colder weather moves in.

The Snake River – The fishing on the Snake has been picking up more and more each day. The dry fly fishing has been stellar all day long, with first time beginners boating dozens of fish. The mornings have started out nice and cool in the 35-45 degree range which has been keeping the river temps significantly lower than in past weeks. As a result of the lower temps, the fish have been much more active and the fishing has been consistent throughout the day. In the mornings smaller parachute patterns and mayfly imitations have been fooling fish, Parachute Adams, Purple Para Roosters, Parachute Hare’s Ears, Ausable Wulfs are all working well. In the afternoons bigger hopper patterns and foam flies have been automatic. Parachute Hoppers, Thunder Thighs Hoppers, M’s Hopper and Chubby Chernobyls are a good place to start. The big fish are out and they are looking up, deep cut banks,  structure like fallen trees and submerged logs, riffles and sudden depth changes are all  holding fish. This is the time of year when you have the chance to catch 40+ fish in a day! Don’t be afraid to get out and throw some meat this weekend as the temperature drops and the storms move in.

Tributaries – The fishing on the Gros Ventre river has been outstanding, and it’s only getting better. As we push more into September, we’re seeing more surface action especially with size 12 foam hoppers and golden stonefly imitations. Fish those hoppers close to cut banks with vegetation with a dropper nymph trailing the hopper. In the mornings and evenings look for pale morning duns, blue-winged olives, mahoganys, and other mayfly hatches as we’ve seen fish key into those. Also, don’t be afraid to try white, olive, and black bunny articulated streamers in deep holes where the water is cooler. As the water temperature starts to drop, the streamer fishing should turn on a bit more than it has in the hotter weather.

Flat Creek in the Elk Refuge has also been fishing very well. Mornings and evenings typically require headhunting; at these times we’ve seen a lot of surface action and increased activity from the fish. The fish in this creek are primarily keyed in on PMDs, BWOs, tricos (occasionally), and mahonganys. Fish small-sized imitations of those different mayflies with light tippets (4x thru 6x). Hoppers and droppers are also fishing very well throughout the day. Don’t be afraid to change up your hopper as the fish can be picky. Fish are typically stacked up close to cut banks with vegetation, unless sipping from the surface elsewhere. Successful nymphs have been small standard patterns, zebra midges, and rubber red worms because of the sandy/muddy and grassy landscape.


In summary, the fishing is HEATING UP as we move into mid-to-late September and October. Stop by the shop to load up on flies and hear our up-to-date advice on where to fish!