Phillips River Fly Fishing

The Phillips River is a beautiful, productive system with little to no fishing pressure, 35 minutes North of Sonora Resort at the end of the Phillips arm. Recent trips to the Phillips River have been producing good fishing along with plenty of wildlife sightings.

This week we took a scouting trip up to the Phillips River to explore and cut new trails to sections of the river that were previously inaccessible to anyone, giving us the opportunity to investigate and fish new exciting locations with our guests.

Dolly Varden and Cutthroat trout are the most prevalent and aggressive species in the system right now, as we have been seeing good numbers and healthy sizes. Rainbow trout and summer run Steelhead are also present and will typically become more active as the season moves on. Higher than normal water levels have been complimenting larger, flashy fly patterns such as intruders, streamers, sculpins and the always effective olive buggers.

Here are few photos from our afternoon of fishing: 

Recent ecological tours and fishing trips have allowed guests to see elk, deer, grizzly bears and a variety of bird life amongst the spectacular old growth forests. Although it’s still early in the season, both fishing and wildlife sightings have been exceptional and it’s hard to believe that it only looks to get better in the coming weeks. We caught a glimpse of these two grizzles on our way home as we drove the boat out of the river mouth. 


Tight lines,
Sean Dwyer
Sonora Resort - Fishing guide