Last Friday I was able to spend a day fishing Wyoming’s Green River near Pinedale, Wyoming. Although the fishing was a little slow, fishing the Green River was a great experience. I landed 4 Brown Trout that were all above 18″ and one that was in the 22″ range and probably weighed 3 pounds. Our guide, Travis Taylor (https://snakeriverangler.com/guides/), did a great job and was enjoyable to fish with. Travis had a good knowledge of the river and how to fish the various pockets of water. The big browns were mostly hanging out in shallow water searching for the meal of the day. There were a lot of Mountain Whitefish in the Green River and we were able to catch some of these bottom dwellers with dry flies.
For most of the day, a yellow sally foam imitation (small golden stonefly hatch) produced to most hook-ups but we did catch some on some hopper/crane fly foam imitations. From the casings on the shoreline rocks, we missed a decent stonefly hatch by about 3 weeks.
Saturday morning, at one of the Green River public access points, I caught one more 20″ brown on a green bead head woolly worm. We never say another fisherman on either section of the Green River. I can’t even imagine the battle that occurred on the South Fork of the Snake River. It looked like there were over 100 drift boats on the river as we drove by headed for home. I will take the solitude of the Green River over the South Fork battle any day.
We also fished a little on the Hoback River as we traveled back home. In one hole I hooked up with 8 Snake River Cutthroats. Two were 14″ cutthroats but the rest were in the 8-10″ range. The Hoback River is beautiful but a little too flat for my liking. There were only a few runs/holes deep enough to hold the trout.
Here is a fly fishing video of my dad hooking into a Cutthroat Trout hybrid on the Upper Blackfoot River. Right after this he had two 20+ inch trout hit both his upper and lower fly at the same time. Luckily one flipped off and he was able to land another 22″ trout. As the video shows, Blackfoot River fly fishing can be awesome for large cutthroat and rainbow trout. We caught 30+ trout fly fishing on bead head woolly worms and the average size was an amazing 18″ with only a few fish caught under 17″.
Blackfoot River Fishing Report:
To celebrate my Father’s birthday, we went fishing on the Blackfoot River on Saturday. We caught probably 40+ fish between the two of us in about 5 hours. My dad hooked into two really nice 20+ inch cutthroats but lost them before I could get my act together and net them. He did land a couple in the 20″ range and caught quite a few 6-12″ cutthroats.
I landed one beautiful Yellowstone cutthroat – a 24″er on a grasshopper fly that I skittered (my word for moving the fly across the surface of the water at the end of a run) across the water. He came up and drilled it on the surface. It was awesome to watch him come up and bust the grasshopper.
No one fly was hotter than the other. We caught fish on bead head prince and hare’s ear nymphs, various grasshopper patterns, and on a blue damsel fly.
Another awesome fishing day on the Blackfoot River.
The Blackfoot River was a low for this time of year but the fishing was ok. I caught 6 cutthroats – one 21″, 2 16″, and the rest were 8-10″. I lost a couple of nice fish too. The best news….no carp!! Last year carp were everywhere but it looks like the carp trap is back in the river and doing its job.
Hopefully over the next few weeks we will see the blue damselflies and some other fly hatches.
Here is the 21″ cutthroat caught on a black and red woolly bugger (size 4) (same pic/different angle):
The water in the Blackfoot has fallen another 3-4 inches and is flowing significantly lower than usual. Last year’s abundance has not carried over into this year. The water temperature is also increasing. As a result I caught around 10 fish all in the 8-12″ range. The big fish seem to have vacated the river heading back to the deep cool waters of the reservoir. I only saw one bigger fish that rose lazily at a hopper but really made no effort to take the bug.
Regretfully the Blackfoot may have to be scratched for the rest of the summer as high temps and low water are dominating Eastern Idaho. There are still a lot of smaller fish in the system which will provide some entertainment but odds of catching a larger fish diminish each day.
Fly of the day: A blue damsel fly was again the most productive but I also caught some on a bead head prince nymph and a bead head wooly worm (orange and black).
Here are a few pictures of the Blackfoot:
|Blue Damsel Fly Pattern|