Mayflies in May

Sometimes this fishing report comes across as more of a weather report.  Which it really isn’t, but …. the weather has a profound influence on rivers and snow melt off and corresponding water temps and clarity which effects the bugs which dictates a trout’s dietary preference.  It’s all connected…. and thus this spring has been cooler than the norm.  When typically we’d see baetis and March Browns in early to mid April, this year they’ve been late.

How-some-ever, the bugs are hatching now and have been for the last week or so.  Some days produce better hatch densities than others, but there has been a definite dry fly window on most days.  Usually, the hatches have been in late afternoon, much later than I would expect, but hey, the mornings have been down right nippy and those bouts of snow don’t help either.  So sleep in and grab another cup of joe before you go.

Next food substance to appear on the trout menu shall be Mother’s Day caddis.  Strangely, the hatch of these little morsels might actually make their appearance this year on Mother’s Day, again as a result of a cooler than normal spring.  Get your #14 elk hairs and soft hackles out of the closet now.

We’re getting to that time of the season when run off is soon to start.  That typically happens somewhere between the 10th and 15 of May.  But given the projections of cool and overcast ….. I don’t see it for the foreseeable future.  So enjoy!

And before I go … I have to give a shout out to my clients thus far this spring …. on some rather nasty days, they haven’t cancelled, they didn’t whine, they just went fishing and had a good time.  Fly fishing in snow is apparently a unique lifetime experience.

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Early April Update

Get your rod and waders, your boots and flies cause it’s fishing time …. oh, and a new license if you haven’t already done so!  With as much ice and snow as we had in February and March, it’s taken awhile, but …. the fishing be good man!

Water temp have been bumping mid to upper 40’s.  I actually saw fish eating dry flies yesterday, I presume skwala stoneflies.  The go to bugs have been those which are fished down and dirty….. and with the increasing temps, there has been some dirty in the water.  A small amount of weight necessary to hug the bottom was a key factor yesterday.  And the bug of choice you ask?  The worm fly….. I know, pretty neanderthal and all …….. but damned effective.  Over the last week, the pink nuclear worm of what ever nature has been catching 4:1 over all other nymph-like creatures. So you make the choice.

Not much else to report other than it’s good and getting better.  Baetis and March Brown will soon be served ……… stay tuned.


One of many


Watch for the redds this spring

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2019 Fishing Season is Here

Happy Post Holidays from the corporate headquarters of Rocky Fork Outfitters to all…. Yep, it has been awhile.  Time to catch up.

January 10th was the last day of the bird season and as I chased Mr. Chukar in the high dry hills of eastern Carbon County, I couldn’t help but notice how inviting the Clark’s Fork looked as stumbled up yet another rock ledge.  And thus the 2019 Trout Season began shortly thereafter.

Truth be told, January 13 was a lot colder than I expected when I arrived on the water.  The air temp was 45 and down right balmy when I left my house at 11:30 so image my surprise when the temp in beautiful downtown Bridger read 36 and it was blowing.  Hummmmm say I …. might as well head for the border and see if things change …. which surprisingly they did and for the better……..what’s the worse thing that could possibly happen?  I might get cold and skunked….. and maybe fall in and freeze….. all of which would be pretty nasty.  So in an attempt to manufacture some self induced moral support when I arrive at the first hole, I took a water temp …. 32 degrees.  Shit, that can’t be right, water gets stiff at 32 degrees right?  So I do it again …. same result, 32 degrees …. now that is cold kids.

So of course I went fishing.  Double worm rigs and a bobber and a chuck o’lead.  Not very sexy, but damn effective for a slow probe of the bottom.  Gave it a go for two holes and about  two hours…. amazingly I caught a number of fish ….. at 32 degrees.  And the thing that really blew me away, this 16″ brown had a 6″ minnow hanging out of his maul when I hooked and caught him, and still the glutton ate my worm …. at 32 degrees.  Ya just never know.

Anyway you slice it and dice it, the 2019 Fishing Season is here….. see ya on the river, you bring the schnapps.


Jan 13, 2019 Clark’s Fork And you are there …


First Brownie of 2019 Laying on River Shelf Ice Worms be good, even on ice

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