The river is becoming fishable again in and above the canyon, only being slightly off colored. Below the Taylor Fork, The run off is still coming in from the Bridger’s, making the water murky and dirty. While Caddis flies aren’t starting their hatch yet, the fish are still feeding on caddis and mayfly nymphs. Stoneflies and worms are still productive, as well as small, darker colored streamers
Dries: Griffiths Gnat
Nymphs: WD 40
Bead Head WMD Stone-Black
Copper Bob-Red, Black, Purple
Bead Head Flashback Hares Ear,
Pat’s Stone- Olive/Black, Black/Brown, Brown Olive
Bead Head Power Worm- Red, Purple,
Streamers: Brownish Bugger
Kellers Mouthwash, Black/Red
The Caddis Hatch has started! Fish have not started keying in on adults, but are going after emergers. As the hatch starts heatng up, don’t be afraid to though on something other than a caddis. Tie on a stimi Chew toy as it will give the fish something new, and they will be eager to take it. Water clarity is still low, so tie off that emerger behind a Bead Head Power worm or Pat’s stone
Dries: X Wing Caddis- Brown, Tan.
Elk Hair Caddis- Brown, Tan, Black
Stimi Chew Toy- Yellow, Tan
Nymphs: Bead Head Power Worm- Red, Pink
Pats Stone- Black/olive, Brown, Olive
copper bob- Red, Purple
Streamers- Kellers Mouth Wash- Green, tan, Black
Conehead Wooly Bugger- Black, Brown
The Upper is Still Fishing Well above Hebgen and through out the Miracle Mile, While Runoff is still happening through the lower sections of the river. Full run off should be in effect within the next 2 weeks, as Quake lake starts filling with dirt. Small streamers, along with flashy nymphs behind a stonefly should work well. BWO hatches can be spotted throughout the day, so be prepaired for the possibility of dry fly fishing!
Nymphs : Bead Head Power Worm-Red, Pink, Purple
Copper Bob- Red, Pearl, Silver
Lightning Bug- Silver, Pink
Flashback Pheasant tail
Dries: Para BWO
Hi vis BWO
Streamers- Conehead Wooly Bugger- Black, Olive
Circus Peanut- Olive, Black
Kellers Mouth Wash- Olive, Yellow, Black
Zonker- White, Olive
Colder Temperatures have slowed down the runoff, allowing for better fishing along the banks, The Caddis Hatch has started on the Stone as well, so toss a CDC emerger in Tan Or an X wing Caddis a long the Bank, and watch for those rises! Streamers have also been productive along the banks and drop offs.
Dries: X Wing Caddis- Orange, Brown, Tan
Elk Hair Caddis
Nymphs: CDC Emerger- Orange, Tan
Copper Bob-Red, Green
Lightning bug-Silver, Pearl
Bead Head Pearl Worm
Pats Stone, Olive, Black
Kaufman Stone- Golden
Flashback Hares Ear
Streamers: Zonker- Olive
Conehead Wooly bugger- Black, olive
Circus Peanut- Black, Olive
Conehead Maribou Muddler
Spawning trout have been the primary target for anglers this past month. With surface temperatures warming, the trout become active feeders. Combing the shoreline or feeding near the surface, ample opportunities to catch bigger trout are made available to bank fishermen and float fishermen alike. Fly fishermen are catching up to 30 or 40 fish with each outing by matching the local menu. Leech patterns such as Wooly Buggers, Hothead leeches, or dozens of others are extremely effective. San Juan worm droppers or a variety of Chironomiad patterns (zebra Midge, Olive Midge, WD40, Rainbow Warriors, Etc.) have filled anglers creels by enticing fish to strike.
Canyon Ferry, Holter, and Hauser Reservior are filled with spawning trout at present. Clark Canyon Reservoir and the Ruby should become active in the near future.
The Jefferson River, Beaverhead River and the Big Hole are fishing well to streamers and nymphs. Warmer temps are bringing on small hatches. PMD’s Blue Wing Olives, and Marsh Browns are excellent choices. Panther Martin lures and Rapalas are great for spin fisherman.