Fishing Report August 11th, 2016

The weekend is almost here, that means it’s time for our fishing report and a few photos of recent fish.  This weeks fishing report is brought to you by our manager/sometimes cook/sometimes guide…Mr. Do it all…Justin Hays.  Justin started working for the lodge back in the late 90’s as a guide and then brought his vast experience in the hotel and restaurant industry to work as our manager.  Justin in truly the “whole enchilada” capable of rowing the boat during the day and “rowing the table” at night.  His report comes directly from the piece of water he’s been on the most lately….the lodge pond.

Justin Hays Sout Fork Cutthroat trout
Justin Hays with a nice Cutty on a cool afternoon

Justin reports his custom “pellet” fly made from leftover wine corks that he carves himself and deftly slides on a hook are “crushing it” and many a 12 year old has hooked a fish on these as well as black wooly buggers.  If you’re really looking for a good time see if you can get Justin to take you out for some nighttime pond missions armed with just a tenkara rod and a mouse pattern.

huge south fork brown
Yeah so this happened! Wish it happened to me

Hahaha…Justin also reports great fishing on the river.  The recent drop in the river (1,000 cfs a few days ago) kicked of our first round of the famous mutant golden stones.  Twitching chernobyl ant patterns first thing will raise some heads.  This is the go to set up in the morning and the name of the game remains the PMD fishing in the riffles.  The cooler weather this week and drop in flows really helped keep the fishing rocking.  We are also seeing great action on terrestrials and there are more and more hoppers out each day.

South Fork Brown trout
Nice Brown from the lower river

Going forward some of our guides like Josh and Jaason will probably be headed to the main Snake below Idaho Falls in search of some huge fish.  If you’re interested in a day of trophy trout fishing give us a ring.  Jaason and Josh would love to share this special experience.  We are also looking forward to the fishing picking back up on Palisades Reservoir after the crowds settle down in September.  Oh and is it too early to start thinking about Cast and Blast?  That goes off with a bang on October 1st.

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