Midges!! The Midge hatch on the Snake River here in Jackson Hole is in full swing, especially on warm, sunny days. The best action remains in the afternoons, but on the warmest days can get going by 11am. We are seeing Cutthroat coming to the surface, typically in shallower, slow moving water where they don’t have to expend alot of energy to feed. More fish that are holding in some of the deeper holes still are getting more active and will eat nymphs fished 6-7 feet deep. We have had a few fish eat some Little Black Stonefly (Capnia) nymphs and this hatch will nly continue to improve as we move into March. Sunshine and temperatures close to 40 degrees returns this weekend!!
It’s starting to feel a bit like Spring around here! This is a little early and could change at a moments notice, but for now we’ll take it. We’ve had some storms come through intermingled with warm days and air temperatures reaching 40 degrees. This has made for some good fly fishing! Midge nymphs are still the best bet, but some of our larger Stonefly nymphs are getting active too. Combine this with the Little Black Stoneflies that getting ready to emerge in the next couple of weeks and our Cutthroat have options!! Our raft is ready and waiting to be used, so if you’re coming for a ski trip, give us a call if your legs need a break. Jackson Hole winter fly fishing is a possibility! At the moment, the Snake River basin is at 91% of average water content in our snowpack. This isn’t too bad considering that March, April, and May are the wettest months of the year and typically determine how late runoff lasts. Currently, long range forecasts give us an equal chance for above or below average precipitation for these months. If the weather shows, expect the summer season on the Snake to begin in July. Otherwise, we’ll be out there in June!