24hourcampfire.com
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Hop To
Gros Ventre River #15638730 01/10/21
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 632
CEoW717 Offline OP
Campfire Regular
OP Offline
Campfire Regular
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 632
Midwest guy here but I’m heading on a week long trip to Jackson Hole in August and want to start buying now. I’ll probably wet wade with some Simms shoes but.... flies? Rod? Line? Etc. I prefer Orvis for sentimental reasons. Thanks.

BP-B2

Re: Gros Ventre River [Re: CEoW717] #15640172 01/11/21
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 11,056
ribka Offline
Campfire 'Bwana
Offline
Campfire 'Bwana
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 11,056
budget?


trans gender non binary transcendent mermaid queen-king
Re: Gros Ventre River [Re: ribka] #15640203 01/11/21
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 632
CEoW717 Offline OP
Campfire Regular
OP Offline
Campfire Regular
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 632
Originally Posted by ribka
budget?


Not going to do this again for awhile. I have no budget.

Re: Gros Ventre River [Re: CEoW717] #15642090 01/11/21
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 11,056
ribka Offline
Campfire 'Bwana
Offline
Campfire 'Bwana
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 11,056
I think other rod companies make a better rod for the money than orvis. You want to throw big streamers in addition to dries?

Id pick up a 9 or 10 ft 5 wt.I like 10 ft 5 wts, but I nymphs a lot too. Lamson reel, an additional spool, SA WF line, sink tip line.


trans gender non binary transcendent mermaid queen-king
Re: Gros Ventre River [Re: CEoW717] #15647218 01/12/21
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 16,149
Pugs Offline
Campfire Kahuna
Offline
Campfire Kahuna
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 16,149
August means working the banks with hoppers to me!

Any 8-9’ 5 or 6 weight with a WF line will work fine. If you’re set on Orvis give the outlet store in Manchester a call and see what they have in stock. Same rods minus the breakage warranty for about half price.


You will never get to the end of the journey if you stop to shy a stone at every dog that barks. Winston Churchill
IC-A

Re: Gros Ventre River [Re: Pugs] #15648472 01/12/21
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 632
CEoW717 Offline OP
Campfire Regular
OP Offline
Campfire Regular
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 632
Originally Posted by Pugs
August means working the banks with hoppers to me!

Any 8-9’ 5 or 6 weight with a WF line will work fine. If you’re set on Orvis give the outlet store in Manchester a call and see what they have in stock. Same rods minus the breakage warranty for about half price.

My brother lives in RI... I’ll send him

Re: Gros Ventre River [Re: CEoW717] #15660528 01/15/21
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 27,277
260Remguy Offline
Campfire Oracle
Offline
Campfire Oracle
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 27,277
It has been over a decade since I fished the Gros Ventre, but I remember it as being a small, shallow, river that had a lot of easy to catch trout and a lot of people flailing the same pockets and runs. I saw some trout in the 16" to 20" inch range, but never got a fly down to them as the 8" to 12" fish would shoot up and grab the flies. High floating #12 Humpys, Irresistibles, and Wulffs with a #16 Tellico or Zug Bug dropper worked for me.

I also fished the Buffalo Fork and Pacific Creek up by Moran Junction. I got run off Pacific Creek by a momma moose with a calf in tow. If I go back, I'll probably take a look at the Hoback River south of Jackson.

Come to think of it, I also caught a few trout on a #12 Hornberg wet.

Re: Gros Ventre River [Re: CEoW717] #15661826 01/15/21
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 632
CEoW717 Offline OP
Campfire Regular
OP Offline
Campfire Regular
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 632
The reason I’ll be at this river is the ranch we’re staying at owns 2 miles of frontage or something crazy like that. I’ll start stocking up on flies!

Re: Gros Ventre River [Re: CEoW717] #15662115 01/15/21
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 1,410
Whitebird Offline
Campfire Regular
Offline
Campfire Regular
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 1,410
Originally Posted by CEoW717
Originally Posted by ribka
budget?


Not going to do this again for awhile. I have no budget.


Thomas & Thomas
Hatch

Buy your flies locally....

Re: Gros Ventre River [Re: CEoW717] #15662706 01/16/21
Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 956
Razz Offline
Campfire Regular
Offline
Campfire Regular
Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 956
Can’t go wrong with a 9’ 5wt. Sounds like maybe you are staying above Slide Lake, the river is a bit shallower there. Where it runs thru Grand Teton NP it get fished pretty hard, but the fish are cooperative. August is hopper season and best is to get fly's locally as they will tell you what is on when you are there. Keep your eyes open for moose, especially in the park section. Bear spray is a real good idea. If you are staying where I think you are, they do some real nice trail rides into awesome country. Often see bighorn sheep when we backpack or hike in that area.


There's 2 dates they carve on your tombstone.
Everyone knows what they mean.
What's more important is time that is known
as the little dash inbetween.


Razz
IC-B

Re: Gros Ventre River [Re: CEoW717] #15663319 01/16/21
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 632
CEoW717 Offline OP
Campfire Regular
OP Offline
Campfire Regular
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 632
The name of the place is tha Gros Ventre Ranch, which is a fitting name lol

Re: Gros Ventre River [Re: CEoW717] #15665640 01/16/21
Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 956
Razz Offline
Campfire Regular
Offline
Campfire Regular
Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 956
Nice, just below Slide Lake. Beautiful country, enjoy!


There's 2 dates they carve on your tombstone.
Everyone knows what they mean.
What's more important is time that is known
as the little dash inbetween.


Razz
Re: Gros Ventre River [Re: CEoW717] #15674469 01/18/21
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 1,082
V
VaHunter Offline
Campfire Regular
Offline
Campfire Regular
V
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 1,082
I have not fished the Gros Ventre but I am seen it and am somewhat familiar with it. I would think a 9ft 5wt would work just fine there If you can take two rods to that area I would recommend a 4wt and a 6wt. The same for the Hoback. Flat creek in Jackson Hole, in the Elk Refuge, is a challenging place to fish and in August the terrestrials (Hoppers) would work great.

A little farther south is the Green River right above Pinedale Wy. I have fished it and would highly recommend traveling the hour or so south to fish that river. There is good access via BLM land. Turn left off off Route 191 at the Warren Bridge and from the bridge upstream is all BLM land with good access to the river.

Last edited by VaHunter; 01/18/21.
Re: Gros Ventre River [Re: CEoW717] #15679687 01/19/21
Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 751
B
BangPop Offline
Campfire Regular
Offline
Campfire Regular
B
Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 751
Drive up the Gros Ventre and fish Crystal Creek. I fished it a few times a summer when I lived there. Don't overlook Flat Creek on the elk refuge. It's open in August. Those fish are a bit more challenging than the GV. Hoppers for the dumb ones in the GV. Technical drys from local shops for the smart ones in Flat Creek. More info available if you want it.

Re: Gros Ventre River [Re: BangPop] #15683746 01/20/21
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 632
CEoW717 Offline OP
Campfire Regular
OP Offline
Campfire Regular
Joined: Feb 2020
Posts: 632
Originally Posted by BangPop
Drive up the Gros Ventre and fish Crystal Creek. I fished it a few times a summer when I lived there. Don't overlook Flat Creek on the elk refuge. It's open in August. Those fish are a bit more challenging than the GV. Hoppers for the dumb ones in the GV. Technical drys from local shops for the smart ones in Flat Creek. More info available if you want it.

Sounds like you have some experience there... the ranch we’re staying at has like a mile of the GV running through it. I’m going to be there with my whole family so I probably won’t go far, I just have to out fish them all haha.

Re: Gros Ventre River [Re: CEoW717] #15686204 Yesterday at 12:14 PM
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 844
GuideGun Offline
Campfire Regular
Offline
Campfire Regular
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 844
I would bring two different rods. A softer action 4 weight for dries and a faster action 6 weight for nymphs and streamers.

Scott G series 8'8" 4 weight or a Winston TMF 8' 4 weight for dries.

Scott Centric 9' 6 weight for streamers and nymphs under an indicator.

Reels, I'd look towards Ross or Abel (which are owned by the same parent company). Abel can do a lot of different custom finishes, but you pay for it. Ross makes a lot of solid stuff lately. But Abel TR is my favorite trout fly reel by far. You really don't need more than a click pawl fly reel on a trout rod.


-Matt

"The proof of the whisky is in the drinking, the proof of the rifle is in the shooting."

Moderated by  RickBin, SYSOP 

RR1
Who's Online Now
152 registered members (11Fishbone, 158XTP, 284LUVR, 308ragincajun, 308ld, 1Longbow, 18 invisible), 1,153 guests, and 780 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
RR2/3










Fish & Game Departments | Solunar Tables | Mission Statement | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | DMCA
Hunting | Fishing | Camping | Backpacking | Reloading | Campfire Forums | Gear Shop
Copyright © 2000-2020 24hourcampfire.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3
(Release build 20190728)
PHP: 7.3.26 Page Time: 0.055s Queries: 14 (0.004s) Memory: 0.8413 MB (Peak: 0.9683 MB) Data Comp: Zlib Server Time: 2021-01-22 10:24:07 UTC
Valid HTML 5 and Valid CSS