Tuesday, February 9, 2016
I have finally joined the modern social media world and got myself an Instagram account. Follow me @neil.chamberlin or search #jhtrout to find my photos. It is a little easier for me to keep up on posting photos there than on this blog so have a look if you want to see some interesting photos/videos from my own trips or keep up on what we're currently catching in the area. Photos like this series of a nice brown eating a dry fly...
Saturday, January 23, 2016
The Green fish great again this year. The secret is certainly out out on this river and its unlikely that you'll go without seeing at least another boat or two during a day's worth of fishing. When I started fishing the Green I would rarely ever see another boat down there, but unfortunately and inevitably word does get out. That's why I rarely write what river or lake I"m actually fishing when I write in this blog. Regardless of the pressure the fishing continues to be excellent if you know where to go and how to fish it. The hatches were great this year and we had excellent flows for almost the entire year. Young trout recruitment should be excellent and the growth rates on fish for this upcoming year should be stellar. The fall fishing was excellent with big healthy trout being caught and even some large kokanee salmon, fair hooked in the mouth I might add. Quite often these fish aren't eating aggressively but sometimes, for whatever reason, you do find them taking flies, both nymph and streamer patterns. I did have one particularly fun fall trip this year with my brother-in-law and a good buddy of ours. The fishing was good with both kokanee and trout being caught. Mostly nymph and streamer fishing but consistent action all the same. If you've never seen a kokanee salmon before they're a pretty cool fish. They're actually a landlocked sockeye salmon that turns the same bright red color after it enters the river. Just like in Alaska, whenever you find large groups of kokanee, as we do in many different rivers in our area, you tend to find trout adjacent to them. It can make for some pretty interesting fishing, mini-Alaska type fishing.
Monday, January 11, 2016
It has been many months since I've written a report. It was a very busy fall and I will try to do a better job of keeping up with posts in the future. Our late summer and fall fishing was unbelievable this year, really some of the best I have ever seen. Consistent water flows all summer coupled with moderate water temperatures led to great fish growth and reliable feeding activity. I spent most of my time this fall fishing specifically in the Jackson Hole and western Wyoming area with no major trips out of the area for me as a result of being in nursing school. The Snake river was exceptionally good this fall. I've been seeing higher numbers of the abnormally large fish in the snake over the past few years with a large number of big browns being caught. It seems like the closer you are to the dam the more likely you are to see some of those browns. The big cutthroat seem to be spread around throughout the river system. Here are some pictures of Snake river fish including 24 and 25 inch brown trout caught by Scott Smith (check out the like to his blog) in the same day. A client of mine had landed a 24inch brown on a beetle pattern in July, in the same location as Scott's fish, that I believe was actually the same fish that Scott ended up catching. I'll post some additional fall updates here shortly.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
This has been a great water year for us and the fishing continues to be excellent. The Snake and the Salt Rivers are fishing very well. The Green river is still fishable, but the water level is very low and it can be difficult to get a boat down it without spooking all the fish. On the Snake River we've been fishing mostly PMD patterns and terrestrials, but the tricos should be starting soon. Streamers and nymph droppers are always effective, but we tend to fish primarily dries. Here's a picture of a good client of mine with a massive 21 inch Cutty that sipped a size 14 beetle on an inside turn earlier this week. I've also included a few other client pictures from the past week or two.
Friday, July 24, 2015
The Snake is still fishing great. Dry fly action with stonefly patterns, caddis, and PMDs has been fantastic. The tricos are just starting on both the Snake and Green rivers and should provide some excellent technical dry fly fishing. Most of my trips recently have been on the Snake River with some quality fishing and a few more large fish starting to show up. I haven't been to the Green in the past week but it should be starting to pick up as the water levels drop and both the tricos and yellow sallies get going.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Fishing has been great recently with much of the best action being on the Snake River. It's full on dry fly season at this point with only the occasional nymph dropper. The best combo has been a larger stonefly dry with a smaller mayfly or caddis imitation off the back. My apologies for the brief update, I'll try to get a more detailed one out soon. Thanks to Shelby Stone for sending these pictures from his family's trip on the Snake river with me.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend! I was fortunate enough to have a good buddy in from out of town and my family visiting from Colorado. I was able to take my buddy JB and my father out fishing for a few days, something that we don't get to do as often as I would like. Fortunately our fishing was very good. We had excellent dry fly sight fishing for some quality browns and rainbows. As far as the rivers go, the Snake ans Salt rivers have been fishing really well with both dries and nymph droppers. The fishing has been getting better on a daily basis and we're starting to catch some bigger fish. The rivers flows have been great recently and the fishing should continue to improve as long as the flows remain stable. The Green is still fishing well with a consistent gray drake and PMD hatch, but the water is beginning to warm up later in the day. This means we've been getting on the river earlier in the day and getting off a little earlier after the fishing has slowed down and the water has warmed up. This way we're hitting the prime fishing times and avoiding stressing the fish when the water gets up in the upper 60 degree range.