If you GREYS RIVER
The Greys and Little Greys Rivers have been fishing really well for the last couple of months and unless something drastic were to change those streams (i.e: landslides, torrential rains) you can count on the fishing continuing to get better by the day well into September.
If you've never fished in this part of the country you might be a little surprised at the suggestions we give for fly fishing. I must make mention that I sell hundreds of different flies in my store that will catch fish on the Greys, Little Greys, Snake, Salt, etc......but....personally I only fish bigger flies the majority of the time in the summer.
I am not going to bore you with a long list of different flies, terrestrials, ants, beetles and other critters that cutthroat are willing to ingest. Two insects in particular is what I tend to key in on around here, namely hoppers and stoneflies. We have plenty of beetles, ants, caddis and mayflies around here, just to name a few, but unless fishing is just horrendous I stick with the large foam patterns. There are many reasons that I prefer fishing these foamies, but just a few would be; they float easily, they are easy to see and tie-on and most importantly they catch fish...and usually the fish are a little larger than the ones you'll catch fishing a size 20 Adams.
I'm sure that plenty of my customers will tell you about the "slap and twitch" method of fishing these flies that I always mention. It's pretty simple...slap 'em on the water and give them some life, unless you are fishing in faster moving water, in which case just let the river do the work..
If you prefer fishing smaller dry flies, I'd suggest PMD's. Adams, Sparkle Caddis (be sure to give this fly little strips back in after the full swing), Mahogany Duns, Royal Wolfs and Royal Coachman's and Renegades. I rarely fish nymphs in the summer, but if I were to suggest fishing a dropper I'd say to go with a Flashback Pheasant Tail or Purple Prince Nymph. If you want a better idea of what specific fly to use, well you'll just have to drop by the store.
.I also always fish sculpin and/or streamer patterns after I've gone up a section fishing dries. I tend to catch the bigger, pickier fish this way. I fish sculpins on the bottom. I'll sometimes cast almost directly upstream and give the fly a chance to drop to the bottom and then I mend just enough line to keep the sculpin bouncing along the bottom. 9 times out of 10 I get my hits when the fly goes into the swing and occasionally. I'll get one when I'm stripping the fly back in, although I rarely strip a sculpin.
I fish streamers with a stripping method, how fast I retrieve is based on what works. Sometimes a slow retrieve works better, although this is usually truer earlier in the summer. At this time of the year I find that a faster retrieve tends top work better. Color, size and style of streamer can change depending on the day so you are better off coming into the store for a better idea of what streamer is working.
I am often asked what section of the Greys fishes the best and my response is always the same. It depends on what type of water you want to fish and what sized cutties you are targeting. Again, feel free to drop by the store for more info. I can talk fishing all day long and I have no problem turning you onto some of favorite spots as long as you don't go posting it all over the internet.
Gear guys should stick with smaller Rapalas and whatever spinner floats your boat. Color does matter from time to time, but right now...not so much.
The Little Greys is clear and fishing well. You can catch fish all day long on the Little Greys if you fish your typical smaller dries like Adams, ants, beetles and caddis, but if you want to try and key in on some bigger fish you should try some larger stonefly patterns and don't overlook the faster waters. There are a fair amount of small hoppers out there right now too, so be sure to have a pattern or two. If you're fishing in the slack water with the deep holes, I'd be bumping sculpin and streamer patterns and stoneflies.
Good luck folks! And stop by the store if you need any advice or have any questions.