Waist Deep Fishing




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.

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- 5, 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, pmd's, bwo's, moths and hoppers keeps fishing interesting all summer long.

We are nearing the peak of runoff and the river will start to clear considerably in the next 10-15 days. Keep an eye out on the fishing reports as the big bugs are soon to come out! Last year the salmon fly came off on the 13th of June. The Greys is right in our backyard so we spend a lot of time on it. Let us help you in your adventures and provide local knowledge of the fishery! Stop on in or call for more information. 6/3


With runoff in peak stages, look to tributaries for the clearer water. Tributaries fish very similar to bigger rivers, just on a smaller scale. Your fly selection will be very much the same as the Greys or any river around here- stonefly foamies and smaller dry flies like a caddis in black. If nothing is rising you will have to go subsurface. You have two options for subsurface: nymphs and streamers. As far as nymphs go, a rubber legs with a worm or black hares ear under it works well. If you want to go the streamer route, wooly buggers, j.j. specials and sculpins work well.
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. 6/8


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