Waist Deep Fishing




7/9. The Greys River is a 60 mile long freestone river located in Alpine, completely accessible by a road that parallels the stream for its entirety. The river, which is full of eager snake river cutthroats has all types of different water for every skill set of fishermen.

The lower end near town is known as the canyon section and is typically full of big boulders with large pockets and rushing whitewater with deep pools to accompany them. Some of these spots are reserved only for the adventurous angler- one that doesn't mind pairing fly fishing with some freestyle rock climbing.  Results come easier the later you wait to fish this section, due to very large and fast water. At this point in the summer, the canyon section is ready to fish and has become a little easier to manage.

As you make your way further and further up, it turns into a classic freestone stream, mellows out a little and offers a bunch of different types of water to fish- shallow buckets under an undercut, winding meadow sections, and deep runs packed with cutties. The top portion of the river is much smaller than the rest, but can be productive. Anglers need to come prepared to do a fair bit of walking up there as the pools with fish can be sparse. If you aren't afraid to put some steps behind you, fishing the upper section can be deadly.

Cutthroat may not be the hardest fighting fish, but they sure do love to take flies, on top as well as bellow. Anglers on the Greys have to come prepared for both scenarios. Luckily, the Greys has a noticeable trend of better fishing each and everyday once it starts to run clear, especially for dry flies. The flies we use around here are pretty surprising to some people, big sz6 foam flies are very productive, the bigger and buggier your dry fly is- the better. Along with large foam flies, stimulators and caddis (black, tan, pearl, olive sparkle) work very well to fool these fish. A recommendation I often give to people is to throw around a streamer (sculpins, peanut envy, sex dungeons) for a while. Typically when I fish streamers it will be in the morning and night when the fish are a little less eager to rise on the foam. Which brings me to another point, the big foamies tend to work the best from around 12- 6, anything before and after that, you may need to start matching the hatch, or just toss a streamer around to stir up some fish.

Prolific hatches of yellow sallies, stoneflies, mayflies, moths and hoppers keeps fishing interesting all summer long.

The Greys is dropping by the day and is crystal clear. Yellow sallies have been showing themselves in large numbers, size 6 and size 10 stoneflies are fishing really well also. To imitate the stoneflies, throw a chubby chernobyl, circus peanut, or golden stone foamie. Do not fish this stream wihthout an assortment of caddis as they are starting to hatch all the time.

With the hot weather, look to fish water you wouldn't normally fish. Really fast and deep white water can often times hold the big fish in the middle of the day. Make sure to target the seams between raging white water and pools. Shadow lines and any sort of informality in the stream, and big boulders under the water are all places these fish hold. You must be persistent to find some of these fish.


7/9. The forgotten water of this area are all of the tributaries we have. Very small streams feed all of the rivers around here and most of them hold fish. A short lightweight rod, a box full of flies and you should be good to go on these tributaries. Small foamies and some caddis are about all you need.
Specific tributaries will not be mentioned online in this fishing report, but we are more than happy to give you some ideas in person. Stop in and we will get you on some fish.


7/9. The snake river flows into the palisades reservoir right in town. Following the highway up to Jackson will take you along the river. The highway section is the canyon section of the snake and it is really starting to turn on. The snake fishes very similar to the other rivers around here, look to throw big foamies along the banks, often there are huge pools and drop offs along the banks in this section. Fishing this river from a boat is the most effective, as you can stop along the way and hammer the pools as hard as you want. That being said, there are plenty of locations and boat ramps the wade fisherman can go to (just go down or upstream on the ramps, don't fish where boats put in and take out!) I have been doing a lot of evening floats in the canyon after the shop shuts down, and it has been full of action. Streamers are working really well, also don't be afraid to but a nymph on your foamie, drop it 2 feet. The double dry is picking up fish too.