I was fortunate to spend a day fishing with veterans of the Iraq Wars yesterday. They are part of the Honoring Our Veterans group that is visiting Jackson Hole currently. These guys were all injured in combat and have fulfilled their service to our country. Most have endured multiple surgeries over the past years and are piecing their lives back together. Despite all of that, they were the most upbeat crew I’ve fished with all summer! We spent the day at the Jackson Fork Lodge near Bondurant, WY learning to cast a fly and then fishing their lake for cutthroat. After a quick lesson on the lodge’s lawn, we moved to the lake and caught some nice fish! It was truly an honor to fish with these Vets and I look forward to doing it again next year. Thanks to Sandra Bockman of the Jackson Hole Chamber, Nick Strelchuk of Reel Life Recoveries, and Becky Lucina of the Jackson Fork Lodge for making this special day happen.
Snake River Now is the time to be fly fishing on the Snake River in Jackson Hole! Cutthroat are looking up and eating off the surface in a variety of water types – riffles, seams, and along bank structure. Our fall Drake hatch, Timpanoga Hecuba, is in full swing, along with Mahoganies, Flying Ants, Stoneflies, and Blue Winged Olive’s. Check out the Drake photo below taken by fly fishing guide Tim Smith during a lunch break last week. Cold nights have meant that early starts are not important. It seems the earliest fish are eating off the surface is 10am and on some days it’s more like noon. The good news is that the action lasts until 6pm or later. The streamer bite has picked up as well and are best early and late in the day. The Jackson Hole One Fly was a blast this past weekend! Fish the Fly owner Jason Balogh and guide Tim Smith both guided on the Snake. Hecuba Drake patterns produced the best along with some Stonefly patterns. All the monies generated by this event go to funding stream conservation projects in the region.
Fall weather has arrived in Jackson Hole since our last fly fishing report. We have had a few frosts already and this has really woken up our mayflies on both the Snake River and Fish Creek. Hecuba Drakes, Mahogany Duns, and Baetis are all hatching currently and hatch times vary depending on the weather. On cool sunny days, bugs arrive around 11am and on cloudy days it’s more of an afternoon affair. It’s been worth it to fish in the rain as this is when every fish in the river is on the surface feeding. The Hecubas pour off the water, especially side channels, on these gray days. I’m surprised that any of these bugs survive after watching them hatch one afternoon and seeing how voraciously the cutthroat feed on them! Flying ants started swarming last week in the afternoons and this is a great option for picky fish that refuse other flies presented to them….