Fly fishing on the Snake River in Jackson, WY has slowed due to our continued cold, wintry weather and high flows being released from Jackson Lake Dam. Area reservoirs are being emptied to make room for the runoff from our dense snowpack, which currently sits at 160%!! It’s looking like we’re going to have a late runoff on the Snake and other rivers. This means we’ll be fishing Yellowstone National Park, the South Fork, and a few of our backcountry creeks through June and into July this year. Fall fishing is going to be fantastic after runoff subsides!
The Green River near Pinedale, WY has produced a few fish in the campground section above the Warren Bridge. Nymph rigs fished in the deepest holes have produced. Midge, BWO, and Stonefly nymphs are the way to go. Fishing will improve if flows increase without blowing out the river. The Green is running at 78cfs currently at Warren Bridge, which is a winter flow. Flows around 300 cfs will be much better for fishing and floating.
The fly fishing on the Snake River in Jackson Hole was solid this week! At the beginning of the week the dry fly fishing was very good south of town below the South Park bridge. Cutthroat were eating Midges and Baetis off the top. The key was finding the pods of fish and spending some time casting to them. Best flies were Furimsky’s BDE#16 and #18 BWO Sparkle Duns. Lots of water is being released from the Jackson Lake Dam and flows are predicted to be 5000 cfs out of the dam by April 19th. The increase in flows is slowing the dry fly bite, but streamers and nymphs are still producing. Cutthroat are holding in their winter lies at this point, but I expect them to start taking advantage of more room in the water column. The fishing will remain good through the rest of this month and into May when runoff begins. We are at 133% of snowpack, so it’s looking like a later start for our summer season, most likely mid-July for float trips on the Snake River. Late summer and fall fly fishing is going to be fantastic! Pritchard, Elbow, and West Table boat ramps are all still covered in snow at this point. Pritchard should open up this week.
Man, has the fishing been good on the Snake River lately! Spring really showed up the past 4 days with temperatures reaching in to the 50’s! Lots of bugs were hatching, Midges, BWO’s, Caddis, Capnia Stoneflies, and even a few Skwalla Stoneflies. Cutthroat were eating off the surface with regularity and between rising took nymphs readily. Best flies were #16-18 Black Copper Johns, #18-20 Zebra Midge, #8-10 Rubberlegs, #16-20 Para Adams, #20 Zelon Midge, #16 Peacock Caddis. Wilson, South Park, and Astoria boat ramps are all open and the float is on! It was great to be back in the boat and be one of the very few on the river. We will be running driftboat fly fishing trips on the Snake River through the month of April and into May, so give us a call at 307-690-1139 or email at [email protected].