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The sole focus on the Snake at the moment tends to be slower backwater channels with minimal currents. This is where the action is, and it is primarily on midge larva/pupa patterns. Lightly weighted double nymph rigs with five to six feet of leader are working best. Takes have been slow, so be on your toes.
A noticeable uptick in surface action on warmer days is also occurring in the same water. Once again, takes are slow, so be on the ball and set quick but lightly.
Small streamers continue to produce in respectable fashion in slow currents. Go with […]
Productivity on the Snake is squeezed squarely in a six hour time period from about 10:30am to 4:30 pm, with noon to about 3:30pm being the hotspot. Top water action is in slow current areas, primarily the inside turn of riffles and seam margins in side channels with minimal currents. This is at best a two hour proposition. Better action is coming below the surface in the same water but also on riffle current margins and tailouts. Go with chironomid imitations and larger nymph attractors. Don’t expect a ton of action, but there can be some consistency from […]
A bit of a cold spell to start off 2019. As such, most of the action is happening later in the day. No reason to get started any earlier than 10am. Noon is best some days. The whitefish spawn has completely come to an end, which means that fishing long, slow riffle pools isn’t in the cards as much as it has been. Instead, the best targets are slow current side channels with significant volume, eddies, and seams at the edge of current-less side channels. These are fishing best with chironomid larva/pupa imitations. Larger, soft hackle bugs can […]
With 2019 just a couple of days away, this weekend seems as good of a time as any to reflect on how things were in Wydaho this past year. For sure it was a solid year, but by no means was it great from a fly fishing standpoint. We definitely had some fun fishing and there were several spectacular days. Nonetheless, I would rate the fishing as good, not necessarily out-of -this-world. Here are some thoughts –
A Pretty Solid Winter for Streamers and Top Water
Our winters are getting warmer. All the stats say so. I would expect the nymphing to […]
Very much the same story on the Snake as it was at the beginning of the month – mostly midges on the surface and below with some action on roe patterns as the whitefish spawn begins to wane (or at least we think it is waning). The best water to target at the moment is slower current margins along eddies and seams. There is also more trout beginning to hold in no-current water in back channels and the mouth of side channels. The vast majority of activity is on lightly weighted nymphs, of course, although there can be […]
We are in full-on winter fishing now. Over the past week and half, the majority of productive fishing has been with midge larva and pupa imitations on the margin of seams, the current margin of riffles, and the tail of riffle pools (basically, target slower water types at the edge of faster current). Egg patterns are also worth fishing in the same water, as we are probably dead center of the whitefish spawn at the moment.
Surface action is not going to be there every day in a consistent fashion. When it is there, it will be squeezed into […]
Cutties have moved into their winter lies for the most part – primarily backwater channels, large eddies, and deeper riffle pools with moderate current speeds. Nonetheless, there still are a fair amount of fish holding in typical summer and autumn water such as seams, riffles and bankside troughs. The action in the former is starting around noon-ish, while the latter might not turn on until around 2pm or later. Both are worth hitting if you time it right.
Chironomids are the name of the game for the most part. Any BWO activity is sporadic and it takes having an […]
As it has been most of October, the best fishing is being found on the lower reaches from Moose Bridge down to Sheep Gulch. BWOs are what you’ll see. Mahogany duns will be just as important some days. October caddis will be seen from time to time as well. Dry fly fishing has been solid but is squarely in the afternoon from about 2pm until 5pm in riffles, riffle pools, seams, bankside troughs, and along banks and structure with slow currents and shallow to moderate depths. Prior to 2pm, getting into grabby fish is possible in riffle pools, […]
There is much more concentration of trout in prime holding water types than there was a week and a half ago. Riffles, seams, side channels, banks, and bankside troughs are the key targets, especially on the lower river from Wilson Bridge down to Sheep Gulch. Banks with moderate currents can offer trout holding up to three feet from submerged structure. Mahogany duns, PMDs, October caddis, and blue-winged olives are the primary bugs on the water at the moment, with mahoganies and blue-wings being most prevalent on cloudy and wet days (although blue-wings dominate the scene no matter what […]
Winter flows from Jackson Lake dam are now stable and the fishing has had a noticeable uptick since a week and a half ago. Nonetheless, there is still a fair amount of variability regarding time-of-day action. Some days it seems to be squarely during the morning/early hours from approximately 9:30am until 1:30pm (especially on the lower river from Astoria down to Sheep Gulch). Other days, the action is around 11am until well after 3:30pm. No matter when the sweet spot is, the most productive reaches have been on the lower sections from Wilson Bridge down to Sheep Gulch.