The Greys River Road is finally open for the summer and although the river is still running high and off-color, we've hit our peak run-off and water flows are on the way back down. I haven't tried fishing the Greys yet this year, but there is a high probability that I will head up there after work tonight and see if I can scare up a trout or two.
***Curiosity got the better of me yesterday (June 14th). I decided to drive up to the confluence of the Greys/Little Greys and see what conditions were like. As I had imagined, the Greys is still too high and muddy for any kind of fly or spin fishing (at least this close to town). However, I drove up the Little Greys about 2 miles and being lazy, I grabbed my ultra light spinning reel and chucked out a single hook Rooster Tail. On my 5th cast I caught a little 7" cutty. It was enough evidence to me, that dirty water fishing on the Little Greys is on!***
Typically you won't see anyone fishing the Greys yet, since the majority of people think that the fish won't bite when the water is as silty as it is right now. Not to sound like I'm a know-it-all, but I can tell you from personal experience that if there is as little as 6 inches of visibility you can definitely catch cutty's on the Greys. I've been fishing dirty water conditions for the last 8 or so years and have done very well on the Greys and the beauty is that there is absolutely nobody else fishing!
If you want to try out your luck right now, I would highly suggest fishing large stone fly nymphs in black, brown and green. I typically fish sans bobber (or indicator), dead-drifting the fly as close to the bottom as I can get without getting constantly snagged. Also, whether you are aware or not, this is typically the time of the year that I start noticing salmon flies on the willows by the river. Some areas are going to have more salmon flies than others, I just happen to know the better spots from fishing a lot. I wouldn't be opposed to trying some large chernobyl and foamie patterns either, but be sure to twitch those things around if you expect to get any action.
I'll touch base once I get out there and fish it. Hopefully, in a couple of days.
There is a good possibility that the Little Greys has slowed down and cleared-up enough to try out some fishing. I went for a drive up there on Sunday and although it was too high and dirty to waste too much time fishing, enough days have passed that I think it's worth checking out. In fact, if I head out tonight to check out the Greys, I'll definitely see what the Little Greys looks like. It's about this time of the year that I usually begin trying out the Little Greys and although water clarity is most likely still off-color, I've had a lot of success "catching" decent numbers of cutthroat in these conditions. As is for the Greys, I would recommend fishing stone fly nymphs (the bigger, the better). I find that black and brown are usually the best color choices, followed by olive. JJ Specials (brown/yellow) also work well at this time of the year. You don't have to fish that deep on the Little Greys, I'd suggest dropping your nymph anywhere from 6in-2ft, depending on what section you are fishing. I would highly suggest trying some top water action as well. We are right around the time of the year when salmon flies start to show up and if you skate and twitch large foamies and chernobyls in the slacker pockets, you might be pleasantly surprised how well they can work. And the real beauty of fishing right now is that there is next to nobody else out there. Most people seem to have convinced themselves that if the water isn't clear the fish aren't biting. You can continue to think that way or go out and try your luck. I'd be happy to suggest some flies and spots to try out. What's the worst that could happen? You might get skunked? Well, it still beats a day of work, right?
Good luck folks! And stop by the store if you need any advice or have any questions.