Posted on May 9, 2012
All of our boats had more great fishing yesterday. However, Rick and the Hanson’s were below Government Bridge and the only boat on that section. Rick mentioned the fishing wasn’t as automatic as it had been. Still a good day none the less.
Weather conditions look great for the next several days. Take advantage!
Two Fly Competition will be on Thursday and Friday. 30 boats! They will be swarming everything like flies. We recommend you try to keep yourself out of that mess. The Two Fly collects a lot of $$ for local charities so it is a great function.
All the late May lodge spots have been filled along with the Sept 11-16 spot. The Oct 7-11 spot currently has a hold on it. That leaves:
2 rooms June 13-16
1 room July 30- August 2
1 room August 6-9
2 rooms August 31-Sept 1
2 rooms Sept 24-27
1 room Sept 28-Oct 1
4 rooms Oct 16-20
Photo: too many Baetis?
Attached is pic of 22″ rainbow I caught on Sunday just above Lusby. She
took me to my backing on first run upstream. 15 minute fight. (Could have
been much quicker if guide would have demonstrated a modicum of proper boat
Not bad for a one-handed golf pro!
PS. Guide could also use some people skills training. A little surly!
Another great day. Weather and fishing. Temps near 60 and no wind with trout on the prowl. Wow, this is the type of spring we love. Prolific baetis and midge hatches keep the fish super suspended and are a kick to fish with light emerger rigs and small “hatch matching” bugs.
Check out Trent’s blog post on The Wyoming Fly Fisher BLOG. It discusses the lack of red blood midges in the river and why. The next few posts will be discussing our upcoming hatches and how our clean river bottom might change them. Undoubtedly, we should see some serious stone fly activity coming up! We are really excited for the season and the codes we get to try to crack. As we float through the years we always tap into our history to assist us. “Water levels were similar in 2002, sooooo…..oh yeah, this is how we approached it” I think this year will be one for the memory bank. We have had lower water but as clean as things are we may get yellow sally dry fly fishing like we had in 2000? Or, maybe we’ll some big stones really pop? I am hoping for the crazy fall baetis that we haven’t seen in 5 years. I suspect lots of noteworthy events…
photo: can you spot the huge rainbow on the redd?
Grey Reef flows are up to 1800cfs this AM. Miracle Mile flows are still 1000cfs ish. Fremont Canyon is 700cfs and asking for more.
Fished very well yesterday! Fremont has some suspended algae causing some clean drift issues but that will settle in a day or two.
Grey Reef up to 1600cfs…cool. Miracle Mile lagging at 1000cfs. Windy the past couple days and looks like we will have a touch more. We have boats on the water today and will report asap. Dean was out wading yesterday and said he caught a bunch of 14″ fish but the biguns were apparently preoccupied on the redds.
We have a fun day of staining decks yesterday and will continue today to make sure the lodge is shipshape for the season.
FYI the Two Fly competition starts is next Thurs/Fri and it puts 30 boats on the water. We suggest keeping yourself out of the mix if possible.
photo: lunchtime wade fishing, so good everybody wants a piece!
Grey Reef flows are 1200cfs this AM and Miracle Mile flows are a tick over 1000cfs. We are a little surprised by the extra 200 cfs at Grey Reef but aren’t complaining! Wade fishing has and will continue to be excellent. The extra volume increases the speed of the slow water and opens up a lot of new fishing opportunities.
Baetis is still the name of the game with midges follow close by. Light nymph rigs are being crushed by aggressive emerger eaters. Fun!
photo: Schueler group enjoying watching, not fishing to, very large spawning rainbows
Grey Reef flows are 800cfs this AM and Miracle Mile flows are 1500cfs. Yesterday was another good day and the wade fishing was excellent.
Wind forecast is looking pretty lousy for the next couple days. We will likely postpone trips as a result.
Grey Reef flows are up to 700cfs!!! Yes, hope for more. Miracle Mile flows are 1500cfs. Fremont Canyon flows are 78cfs.
Fishing still awesome across the board. No need to poach pros, although the redds are easy pickings. 2 midges early, 2 beatis through the middle of the day and a midge/baetis late will whack ’em all day long. Mini rig 4-5′ and a #4 shot or 2. Light tippet and a semi sneaky indicator is good. Black or white Thinga-ma-bobber a good option or hitch some yarn on the leader in white or black even better.
Watch what is going on. Seagulls will predict the hatch as will the swallows that just arrived. Storms will get heavy midge activity afterward. Fish like a different lie for midges and for baetis. Or strap on an egg and worm and just zig zag across the river from one redd to the next…no need to know anything about the river.
Yesterday was nice and tomorrow is supposed to be the same. Highs in the lower 60s and light wind. But, today isn’t looking so hot. Big gusts possible. Our guests are aware of the situation but their trip couldn’t be altered. The fish won’t mind. They will be eating just the same.
Here is a note we just received from Linda Brooks, part of the Bill Maloney group of Jackson, WY
“Many many thanks to Catherine and Trent!!!!! What a fabulous trip for us and what a great job done by the guides and the owners!!!! We couldn’t have enjoyed our selves more. The fishing , the food, the friends and the lodge all were spectacular!!! Can’t wait for next year!!! Trent, I am already looking forward to the tasty brisket!!!! Lots of hugs, Linda”
Photo: Bill Maloney with a Grey Reef sized rainbow