Skyline Drive view of the Shenandoahs
White Oak river plunge pool
Hughes River catch
If you’re interested in catching native brook trout on mountain streams, the Shenandoah mountains are hard to beat. (and don’t mind hiking to get to them)
Tim Brookens and I stayed on Skyline Drive and fished the “Hughes”, the “Rose” and “White Oak”. Each stream required a 1 1/2 to 2 mile walk down the mountain. Worth it when you get there…
Rose River brookie
but a little tiring hiking back out at the end of the day.
We averaged 20 – 30 brookies a day and had the “rivers” all to ourselves.
Thanks to Harry Murray of Murrays fly shop (www.murraysflyshop.com) for his book, maps and his recommended fly – Mr. Rapidan.
Little Greys River – no one but me, the River, the Cutthroat and my photographer (Cindy)
Spent a week fly fishing in Jackson Hole. Fortunately, I was able to get some intel from Steve Harry of ‘Wildtrout’ Guiding Service who guided in Jackson Hole for 3 years. Steve also set me up to fish with Jim Dubisz who lives in Alpine, Wy.
A view from Granite Creek
Jim Dubisz on the Flat
Wild Wyoming Cutthroat – Snake River Species
So, I fished the Flat River, Little Greys, Steer Creek, Hoback River, Granite Creek and Cottonwood Creek. I caught lots of Cutthroat up to 14″. My goal was to land a 20″ Cutthroat – lost 1 and broke off on one on the Flat – so I never sealed the deal.
Except for the Flat, which is located on the Elk Refuge in Jackson, I had the creeks and rivers all to myself. I had the most success on Little Greys but was most intrigued by the Flat – a spring creek which holds large Cutthroat sipping on midges and Olives and very particular.
I just scratched the surface on the fishing opportunities in Jackson Hole. Need more time and money.
Tim Brookens and I made our annual trip to the Savage River. We arrived around noon which gave us time to set up camp and fish the afternoon. We had the campground to ourselves.
After a day and half of fishing, we landed 10 decent fish – all Browns ( 2 – 14″ beauties) except for one nice Brookie. We caught (& lost ) fish on the Crackleback, #16 Caddis, beetles and a #26 gray hackle.
The weather and flow were perfect and we left there worn out as usual.
Tim’s 14″ Brown
Tim laying out line
Savage Native Brookie
Had a good morning on Bear Valley Run. Still running a bit high and fast with all the rain lately, but fishable.
The water temperature was 59 degrees (low for this time of year). The brookies were coming up to a # 14 tan caddis tied with olive dubbing and some turkey wing on the shank.
Local streams like the Yellow Breeches are still running too high so this little gem made a good option.
Bear Valley Run
Sherman Creek is a 53 mile tributary of the Susquehanna River. I got a tip from a fellow fly fisherman last year about the small mouth fishing. Tim Brookens and I decided to give it a try.
We fished the section off of Haas Road. Both of us used yellow poppers and slaughtered the fish. We figured our count could’ve been 40 with some blue gills mixed in….a hand full of nice sized “smallies”.
I used an 8 1/2 ft. 7 wt. rod and Tim used a 9 ft. 8 wt. which we need for longer casts and heavier flies than we are used to.
Smallmouth fishing is a good option when water temps on the trout streams are 70 degrees and higher.
Tim working his Popper
The “Gunpowder” is a tailwater fishery beginning at Pretty Boy Dam. The flow and water temp (50 degrees today) was perfect.
I fished 2 sections – the access point at Masemore road (am) and Falls Road (pm). The Masemore section is relatively flat. Up river at Falls Road there is more plunge pools around boulders.
The am was successful dredging the wild brownies up on a #18 caddis.
The Gunpowder at Masemore Road
The Gunpowder at Falls Road
Sulphurs hatched in the afternoon at Falls Road and I dis well on a #18 Sulphur. I was also surprised with a nice rainbow which is rare on the Gunpowder.