Planning a fly fishing trip out west this summer, where should I go?

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  • #176

    Timbotrout
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    I have been considering going out west for the last few years. My wife and I had a baby 2 years ago, but now she has finally agreed to let me take off for a couple weeks on a trip. I am just trying to explore my options and figure out where I should be looking at? I have considered the bighorn and Jefferson rivers in MT, but I wouldn’t mind venturing into Wyoming or Idaho as well. I will be able to travel around a bit because we are driving out there. I would like to fish in Yellowstone for a day or two. Where should I be considering? I won’t get to take another trip like this for a long time, I want to make the most of it and would like to fish at least 4-5 good rivers.

    #179

    Dub
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    Timbo, I could list a ton of great rivers out here. In Montana the Jefferson as you mentioned is quite good. I have not personally spent much time on it, but from the little I have fished it, I had a good time. My friend used to guide in Twin Bridges MT and spent a lot of time on the Jefferson, he said it was his favorite of the three rivers they fished. (the Bighole, beaverhead and jefferson). All of those rivers would be a great time IMO. The Beaverhead can get pretty busy to be honest, but I really like fishing the Bighole which is right near by and have caught a lot of nice fish in there.

    Since you are considering going to Yellowstone area, I can name a lot of rivers nearby that will definitely be worth fishing. To be honest, before I go crazy telling you about the whole area I am wondering if you have a drift boat or are you just looking to wade around? I also need to know approximately when you are coming, because fishing in May is much different than fishing in August. Once you can let me know this info, I’ll offer advice more suited to your time frame and fishing style. Thanks, dub

    #186

    Timbotrout
    Participant

    We will be bringing my friends drift boat. At this point we are planning to come in late June or early July. We are both teachers who get the summer off and school ends around then. I have heard that is a great time for fishing out there as well, with a decent chance to hit some salmonfly action and some other good hatches.

    #190

    Dub
    Keymaster

    Timbo, I’m glad to hear you are bringing a boat. That will open up a lot more opportunity for your fishing. Yes, that is the perfect timing for the salmonfly hatch in many areas. As for the Bighorn, I have not fished that much so I can’t offer too much info for you. The Bighole has some great floatable stretches as well. The Madison should also be on your radar, because that is a pretty good fishery.
    If you are thinking of coming to Idaho I would hit the South Fork of the Snake, that will be optimal timing for the salmonfly hatch during your visit. You can research the boat launches here as I have almost all of them listed at this post. You might have to ask around and see which sections of river the flies are at during that time. They typically move up the river and are active heavily in each section for only a couple days. The tough thing with that hatch is that the fish get full very quickly. They are literally all fat and full after eating a dozen flies. But I won’t get into that right now.
    The Henry’s fork should have some good fishing as well during that time. The Salmonfly hatch will be done by July, but there will be plenty of large fish to catch in all sections of that river. The Snake river around Jackson hole should have some good fishing if the runoff is done, but that’s a tough call. It can be murky over there if a heatwave comes and the snow melts off too fast. That is why the South fork below Palisades dam would be a much safer option. It seems we are having a good year of snow and the fishing should stay consistent throughout the entire summer and into the fall. During Late June and July the Yellow sally stoneflies will be starting to heat up along with the larger golden stones. The riffle fishing should just be starting to get good. I would advise keeping in touch and decide which rivers will be best closer to that time, because depending at the rate of snow melt some rivers might be blown out bigtime. There are always good rivers to fish at every time of year, but there is really no way to tell this far in advance what condition each one will be in. Perhaps someone will chime in with a few more options for you to check out.

    #212

    Kristina
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    Everyone I know that fishes and is able to take vacation, and has saved up the cash to do so, just raves about fishing in Canada. It seems to be a mecca for the outdoors man, especially those that fish, because of the endless amount of bodies of water up there.If you don’t care about the cost of the trip, costa roca is final destination..i really love this place.

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