SMALLER TRIBUTARIES & LOCAL STREAMS
Good news! Every tributary in Star Valley that I know of is running clear to fairly clear right now. And the fishing on some of these little gems is excellent! I won't be naming any names of trib's here, but rest assured that if you pick one with fish in it, you will have success! All of the tributaries of the Greys River are running clear as well, with the exception of the Little Greys. If you like fishing tiny streams you should check some of these out, mainly because nobody else does.
I fished one last night for about 45 minutes and although I must have missed at least 2 dozen, I did land 8. The biggest was a respectable 17" and the majority of them were in the 12" range. I caught (or missed) all of them on my favorite stonefly pattern, the Double Decker Golden Stone. I'm sure that I could have done almost as well with a Circus Peanut, Perry's Bugmeister or any number of other stonefly patterns, but the fishing was so insane I didn't bother trying anything else out.
I've had a number of my "regular" customers coming in and mentioning the same thing, that they are seeing salmon flies out there, especially higher up-on a lot of these tribs. Great news for those of us that get a kick out of fishing big dries.
If you'd like better info on where to go, I suggest that you drop into the store and I may be persuaded to give you some tips ;) Otherwise, get out there and try your luck.
Fishing the smaller tributaries in and around the area can be very productive and fun to fish, especially for those of you who prefer to fish "a la fly". I'd highly recommend trying out some of the tiny streams. You might be very pleasantly surprised at what they can produce. The Greys River Road has reopened and the majority of the tributaries are running clear as well. Although I know very few people that ever fish any of these little waterways, most of these have fish (some very surprisingly large, for such small streams). For those of you who like to fish 4WT's or smaller, or those of you who fish a la Tenkara, these streams are meant for you. Get out and give 'em a try, you might surprised at what you catch.
Firstly, these tiny streams get very little pressure year-round. They might not always be the easiest bodies of water to fish, but if you are selective and target specific waters, the odds of you seeing fairly consistent action is pretty good. Secondly, I am almost always surprised at the size of some of the trout I catch in these often overlooked gems. If you have never tried a Tenkara rod, now might be the time to experiment. Tenkaras are perfect for these smaller bodies of water and the length of the rod and manner in which they are fished allow you to spend more time getting the perfect presentation of your flies, as opposed to snagging tree branches, bushes, or worse yet, the back of your ear lobes.
Small nymph patterns work well in these waters. Try some small hares ears, copper Johns, San Juan worms and the like if you aren't seeing any rises, but if you see a fish poke his/her head out of the water, go with a hopper, sparkle caddis, ant or Adams and enjoy the solitude.
Good luck! And if you need any advice on what trib's to fish in the area, stop on by the store. I'm not going to list all of the local favorites on this site, or my buddies might want to hunt me down and give me a beating.