The Snake River has fished remarkably well this summer and continues to shine with a multitude of mayfly hatches currently. Hecubas, Mahogany Duns, PMD’s, BWO’s, and Tricos are popping throughout the whole river system and our Cutthroat are loving it! Life cycle patterns for all of these bugs are bringing up trout, starting around 11am and lasting until close to 6pm. Our Classennia Stoneflies are still hatching and are a great bug to fish first thing in the morning. October Caddis are beginning to show and will be a great go to bug through October.
Man, I love fall! Not that I’m ready to dawn all of my winter gear yet, just love the trees changing color and Cutthroat feeding voraciously. The Snake River fished very well for the Jackson Hole One Fly event this past weekend. I guided Deadman’s – Moose both days and it fished well with #12-14 Hecubas, #12-14 Flying Ants, and a few Stoneflies. Saturday was cool to start and when the fishing got going, all of the trout in the river were up and feeding. They ate the Hecuba well, but we also had a fair number of refusals. Maybe it was because we had 3x tied on? Some fish really don’t seem to care, yet others do…. Sunday was warmer overnight and the trout responded earlier. Flying Ants were a really good choice as the Cutties ate them from first to last cast. The problem was getting them to stay on the line with a smaller hook. We finally got it dialed by angling the rod tip more to one side or the other and scored well. Thanks to all who put on the event and especially Under Armour, Smith Sunglasses, and Thomas and Thomas Fly rods.
Happy Labor Day! The Snake River here in Jackson Hole continues to fish well with dry flies despite warm water temperatures. We had some rain this past weekend and cooler mornings have made for some great fishing. Classennia Stonefly shucks litter the banks of the river on all stretches and have been a go to pattern on all stretches. Hecubas, Mahogany Duns, PMD’s, and Carpenter Ants have the trout looking up daily, with mid-day being the most consistent times to get into rising Cutthroat. Best Flies: #8-10 September Stone, #8-10 Water Walker – Salmon, Golden, #8-10 Chubby Chernobyl – Purple, Red, #10-12 Power Ants, #10-12 Parachute Adams/Hare’s Ears, #12-14 Mahogany Cripples