River Reports

August 27th, 2016

Cooler weather in the valley has stopped the melting of our glacier, allowing the Elk to shrink in size making it perfect for wading. As usual Ants and Beetles have been effective as well as small Mayflies and October Caddis. Streamer fishing is starting to kick off allowing us to pick up some of the bigger cutties and some Bull Trout.

Suggested Dries for the Elk: Orange PMX, GT Adams, Parachute Black Ant, H&L Variant, Black Fat Albert, Tan Fat Albert.

Suggested Streamers for the Elk: Circus Peanut Black, Circus Peanut White, Wilson's Sparkle Minnow, Muddy Buddy (Black or White).

Michel is very low at this point with the best fishing happening in the lower end of the creek. Mayflies Beetles, and Ants are the most common hatches happening right now. Small Mayflies and large Drakes will be what is going on most in the mornings and evenings. Throughout the day ants and beetles will be the most effective.

Suggested Dries for the Michel: Black Fat Albert, GT Adams, GT Green Drake, Loop Wing Drake Emerger, Parachute Black Ant.

The Wigwam is full of Bulls getting ready to spawn. They will eat early in the mornings and late evening typically on streamers and nymphs. Cutties have been eating lots of drakes, mahogany duns, and ants.

Suggested dries for the Wigwam: Parachute Cinnamon Ant, Ext Body Green Drake, Black Fat Albert, GT Mahogany.

Aug 20, 2016

Fishing on the Elk has been hot lately. Hot weather has allowed Ants to continue to hatch creating some great dry fly fishing. Ants, beetles, even hoppers have been effective. Don't be afraid to throw big terrestrials because they can be just as effective as small ants. On cold, overcast days small mayflies will be effective.

Suggested Dries for the Elk: GT Adams, Parachute Adams, Black Fat Albert, Fire Beetle, B-52 Flying Ant, Parachute Cinnamon Ant, Parachute Black Ant, Chubby Chernobyl.

Michel is having similar hatches to the Elk with the exception that it is still getting Green Drake Hatches. Beetles work exceptionally well along with Ants throughout the day. Drakes will typically come off in the evening or early mornings as well as any time on overcast days. The water is low but still fishable.

Suggested Dries for Michel: Black Fat Albert, Fire Beetle, GT Green Drake, Ext Body Green Drake, B-52 Flying Ant, Parachute Ant.

The Wigwam is full of dormant Bull Trout spread throughout the system. Bulls will typically eat early in the morning and late evenings and will eat nymphs or streamers. The Cutties have been eating lots of big Green Drakes, Mahogany Duns, and Ants. Cutthroat fishing will typically be good all day no matter what the time.

Suggested Dries for the Wigwam: GT Mahogany, GT Green Drake, Black Fat Albert, Ext Body Green Drake, Para Purple Haze, Cinnamon Para Ant.