Jackson Hole fly fishing report – Snake River 4.30.12

Runoff has made it to the Snake River here in Jackson Hole.  This is a little earlier than normal, but that’s the kind of Spring it’s been and most likely how the Summer is going to go.  The fishing was excellent up until it hit last week.  Skwalas and Little Black Stoneflies popped like mad with the warm, sunny weather and the fish were all over them.  We focused our efforts Wilson – South Park to great success… Best Flies – #10 Bullethead Skwala, #10 Purple Bruce, #10 Royal Stimmie, #10-12 Rubberlegs, #16 Black Copper John, #18 Red Zebra Midge

Stoneflies!

Little Black Stoneflies on the water

Fat 18 incher that ate a Skwala pattern

South Fork of the Snake fishing report 4.19.12

Flows on the South Fork have been dropped over the past few days to 8000 cfs.  This is so the new bridge just downstream of Palisades Dam can  be completed.  This new bridge was built to keep everyone from driving over the Dam for security purposes.  Flows will be gradually increased next week and flushing flows should be completed the first week of May. This flow drop will not affect the fishing, it might even make a bit better.  Deep nymphing has been the name of the game recently with most trout still holding in their winter lies.  Double nymph rigs with the fist fly 9′ down have been the ticket.  Stonefly imitations like #6-10 Rubberlegs followed by #16-18 Black or Olive Copper Johns have been productive.  Throwing streamers on sinking lines has been picking up some larger trout on the lower river below Wolf.  Rust, Olive, and White Bow River Buggers have been good flies to try. With our warm Spring and relatively low snowpack (80% currently), we are expecting an excellent early season on the South Fork! After the flushing flows subside in May, the Caddis and Skwala Stonefly action should be the best we’ve seen in about 5 years. We guide out of the Lodge at Palisades Creek in Irwin and they are running a guide trip special of $395 for a full day until June 15th.  What a bargain!  Last falls fish counts reported over 5000 trout per mile, the 2nd highest report since the mid 80’s.  Don’t miss out on the fantastic early season fishing!

TLAPC guide Josh Heileson

Early season nymphing is producing nice trout!

Jackson Hole Fishing report – Snake River 4.12.12

April fly fishing in JH

This 18" Cuttie ate a Skwala adult pattern!

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort closed this past weekend and things have quieted down a bit around here.  There are fewer boats out on the Snake, but the fishing remains quite good! I had a chance to get out for a bit yesterday and was looking to fish some dry flies.  It has been 70+ degrees the past few days, so I figured that our Cutthroat should be looking for bigger bugs like our Skwalas or March Browns. I didn’t see either of these but the trout responded well to both adult and nymph Skwala patterns, so that’s what I fished! I caught a number of Cutties 15-18″ in just a few hours in 3 different holes before calling it a day. There were a ton of our Little Black Stoneflies (Capnia) crawling on the rocks and flying about and I’m certain that they would have produced as well. Our trout are in prime condition from having good over-winter water flows and are fighting well.  I even had one jump! We are still running our Spring fishing trip special, so give us a call! Best Flies: #10 Bullethead Skwala, #12 Boot’s Cripple, #16 Peacock Caddis, #16-18 Black or Red Zebra Midge, #14-16 Prince Nymph, #12-14 Pheasant Tail

Beautiful Cutthroat!

Snake River fly fishing report – Jackson Hole 4.6.12

Happy fisherman!

Laura Gangler is all smiles after hooking her first Cutthroat on a dry fly

We’ve been running a lot of guide fly fishing trips on the Snake River recently.  Warm weather and mediocre skiing has folks looking for something else to do and why not? The fishing has been on fire! The Midge hatches continue to keep our Cutthroat looking up and we’re starting to see some success with March Brown and Skwala patterns as well, both nymphs and dries. Air temperatures reaching in to the 60’s has put these larger bugs on the menu and they should continue to be so for the next month or so until runoff hits… The Snake below Moose has been the place to be.  We’ve been floating between Wilson and Astoria with great success.  If it’s been above 50 for a few days, the Hoback River will muddy and blow out the river below there…

James Gangler and a great catch!

Best flies: #20 Tridge, #18-20 Black Furimsky’s BDE, #18 Black Zebra Midge, #10 Pat’s Rubberlegs, #12-14 March Brown Cripples

Fly Fishing report Jackson Hole 4.1.12

Fish on in front of the Tetons!

The Snake River is still fishing well!

Today marks the opening of the Snake River tributaries here in the valley.  Rivers like the Hoback, Gros Ventre, and Buffalo are now open for fishing.  Traditionally the Snake wasn’t open to fishing for Cutthroat until April 1st as well, but that changed in 2006 to a catch and release season through the winter. There are some changes to the WY  fishing regulations for 2012. Tributaries of the Snake are now closed on December 1st instead of November 1st and will open as usual on April 1st of the following year. Anglers are allowed to keep 3 trout with only one trout exceeding 16 inches and no more than one Cutthroat shall exceed 12 inches.   Basically WY Game and Fish is saying that the streams are holding up to the current level of fishing pressure, but they want to make sure that the Cutthroat is still well protected. The tributaries should fish well right now and until runoff.  Most of the larger Cutthroat are still in the Snake River and have not begun their spawning migrations, but some of the larger rivers hold some surprises.  Look for Midges, BWO’s, and a few Caddis to be the go to bugs…