October 2016 FISHING REPORT
FLY FISHING WESTERN WYOMING
Well, this is it until June, 2017! We are going back to San Diego for a few weeks before heading to Tampa for the winter. We truly enjoyed a wonderful season renewing old friendships and meeting new people!
The fish on the Hams Fork are in the best shape they’ve been in for at least five or six years. LOTS of fish over 20”, and even the 18” and 19” fish are absolute “slabs”.
The water is very low (40 CFS) and the fish are very spooky, but if you approach them quietly and with a low profile, you can get good presentations that result in hooked fish.
Dry fly fishing is actually very good. In the mornings, there is a Trico Dun hatch from about 9:30 to 10:30. It is a size 20 and some pods of fish are eating them with enthusiasm. Use 6X tippet and work the fish closest to you first. You can use emergers or duns, but the presentation must be drag free for the duns. A soft hackle merger swinging slightly in the current will catch some fish. Unfortunately, fly shops do not typically carry the patterns you’ll need for this hatch. The dun is a size 20 with a dark tail, a light olive body and a brown/dark olive thorax, with bright white wings. We have had luck with parachutes and more classic patterns. Sly’s Midge caught some fish and you can look up that pattern on the Internet.
From 11am to 5pm, there is a small olive Mayfly (Baetis?) that hatches sporadically all day. Again, there are some fish on the surface. A size 22 or 24 Parachute Adams delivered without drag caught these fish on a regular basis.
Size 22 and 24 brown/olive WD 40s worked consistently below the surface.
Other patterns that worked were Red Annelids, San Juan Worms, and Squirrel Strip Leaches.
When you hook a fish, you must move towards it as soon as you tighten up. You need to keep your rod up high and try and force the fish’s head up. If not, they’ll drag you through the weeds and break you off. (By the end of the month, the weeds will be much less of a problem!)
Big Browns are beginning to move up the river. They are not really very discriminating, so any streamer or big nymph should do. There are not a lot of them, so if they are your target, you’ll need to cover a lot of water!
If you see pods of rising fish, they will be Cutts or Rainbows and they will likely be rising to the same small Mayfly as on the Hams Fork.
I’d work on the riffles if you are blind casting. There is more food there and the fast moving water makes the fish less selective.
The last storm muddied the water and we cancelled our trip, but if it is anything like past years, you’ll find a few big Brown Trout and some nice Cutthroat. The water is low and clear, and small streamers, medium size dry flies and some swinging soft hackles will reward you with a very pleasant day of fishing – all by yourself!!
We guided 80 days this year and were unable to accommodate some people who waited until the last minute to reserve a date. If you are thinking about visiting us next year and are able to confirm dates now, we’d love to hear from you. Next year, we’ll begin fishing around June 15th, and go until October 15th, so check your calendar and give us a shout!
Have a great holiday season and a Happy New Year, and we’ll see you next year!
Dayle and Barbara