Are you ready for these Dog Days of summer to end? Let’s be honest. The past few weeks of fishing have been a little difficult, although always rewarding. We’re happy to report things are picking up everywhere and fishing has been much more productive. Take note: a Hopper Dropper seems to be working pretty much anywhere right now. That beautiful brown (pictured) caught by Necia, with Three Rivers Ranch guide Eric, was caught on a hopper. Sweet!
Here’s what to expect and what to use as you head out for that perfect catch.
Railroad Ranch – The ranch has been fishing really well. Always very technical, use long 12-14 ft. leaders and light 5/6X tippet. Try trico’s in the morning, little black ants mid day, Hoppers in the afternoon, mahogany from morning to early afternoon, callibaetis in the morning and early afternoon and throw beetles to the fish who just won’t eat anything!
Box Canyon – Fishing pretty well with 16-22 inch rainbows being caught and released . Right now it’s pretty much a nymph game as the water is a little off color. Try small Mayfly nymphs or a Hopper Dropper combo.
Henry’s Fork of the Snake – Warm River to Ashton – Why do we love the Henry’s Fork? Simple. It fishes well. Try dry droppers with a variety of nymphs. Or only nymph it. No major hatches going on but it’s still fishing really well.
HF – Lower Section – The hot days of summer have led to this section being very mossy with lots of free floating grass, very slow. Try a Hopper Dropper combo.