Jackson Hole Fly Fishing – guides report 4.29.13

The Snake River here in Jackson Hole has been on fire! Skwala Stoneflies are out between Moose and Hoback and our Cutthroat are very much aware.  The river is blown out below Hoback.  Dry/dropper combinations are working well, with Stonefly patterns such as #8-10 Olive Stimulators, Fat Alberts, or Chocolate Chernobyls up top.  Droppers can be Midge, Baetis, or Caddis imitations hung about 2-3 feet below the surface. It looks like the Snake will continue to fish well for at least another week before runoff hits….

Jackson Hole fly fishing – guides report 4.22.13

It’s Skwala time!!  I had a chance to float the Snake yesterday afternoon with fellow guide Josh Hanna and we had excellent fishing.  The weather was a mixed bag of sunshine, rain, and wind so we expected to be fishing streamers mostly and  possibly find a Baetis hatch. We were pleasantly surprised to find that our Cutthroat were looking up for #10-12 Skwala Stonefly imitations! The dry fly fishing was fantastic and numerous large Cutties ate this tasty morsel out of a variety of water types including riffles, banks, seams, and back eddies.  It was the best surface action I’ve seen yet this Spring and promises to continue, especially with warm temperatures forecasted to return at the end of the week…

Snake River Cutthroat with a #10 Skwala pattern in its mouth

Jackson Hole fly fishing – guides report 4.16.13

Good news – I’ve recently seen a few Skwala Stonefly shucks along the edge of the Snake River below Moose.  Bad news – winter has returned in full force.  This has slowed the fishing on the Snake, but has not brought it to a complete halt. Breaks in the storms are still worth fishing, although they may be short lived. Nymphs and streamers have been the most reliable this past week, with minimal dry fly action.  Look for this to change this coming weekend as temperatures rise back in to the 40’s and hopefully warmer into next week.  Midges, small Black/Brown Stones, and Baetis are the predominant bugs still, but some sunshine will have our Cutties looking for a larger meal until runoff comes…

Say Cheese!

Fly fishing Jackson Hole – Guide’s Report 4.8.13

JH fly fishing March 2013

Gotta love warm March weather!!

What a great few weeks!  Lots of sunshine and warm temperatures have made for excellent fly fishing on the Snake River.  The majority of our valley snowpack is now gone and there is good access at Moose, Wilson, South Park, Astoria and Elbow boat ramps. Game on! Our Cutthroat are loving it with good bug options – Midges, BWO’s, and small Black/Brown Stones.  Riffles, shallow seams and side channels are all holding rising trout daily from noon until dusk. Nymphing and throwing streamers are still good bets, especially in deeper, slow runs. Best flies: #14-18 Furimsky’s BDE, #14-16 Black Caddis, #16-18 Para Adams, #12-16 PT’s and Hare’s Ears, #14-16 Black AP Nymph, #6 Olive or Black Buggers
Fly fishing from our AIRE raft

Marc Wolpow and fish on!

Jeff Lloyd cradles an 18" Snake River Cutthroat