Snake River Fly Fishing

Snake River Fly Fishing Report Jackson Hole, Wyoming 8.19.16

The Jackson Hole Valley has seen some cooler weather over the last couple days with the occasional rain shower.  This is great for fly fishing, it resets the Snake River!  This weather gives the fish a chance to rest, but it also creates great moist habitat for bugs!  At Moose, Wyoming the Snake River is 64 degrees fahrenheit while flowing at 3810 CFS, in the canyon stretch above Alpine, Wyoming the Snake is flowing at 3640 CFS. With this new weather coming in, our Fall hatches have begun. Hecuba Drakes, Mahogany and Blue Duns, and even a few Blue Winged Olives. Add Tricos and terrestrials and you’ve got quite the menu to choose from! The Snake River Cutthroats are still eating Claassenia Stoneflies, especially in the mornings and later in the afternoons. I like to fish a smaller male Claassenia stonefly attractor such as Circus Peanut (size10-12) in the mornings and twitch them along the surface. Remember that these male bugs don’t have fully formed wings and tend to skitter along the surface(before they get eaten!). In the afternoons, I prefer a Purple Bruce or September Stone (size 8) that lands with a splat! The splat imitates a female returning to the water to lay her eggs and will attract more trout. The Snake is a great place to nymph, and our best trout are being caught sub-surface.  Blonde Rubber legs, Drake nymphs, Caddis nymphs, Pheasant Tails (size16-18), Copper Johns (size16-18, red or copper) all have been working this week!  When nymphing try to achieve the longest drift possible, this entails mending maybe as many as a dozen times in one drift! Keeping your nymphs at holding depth will raise your odds of catching more Cutthroat trout. Four to six feet is typically deep enough for the Snake River, and can even be shallower depending on water type. Our guides have been fishing the Snake River all season, and are excited about the new hatches coming into play. Fall fishing is going to be fantastic this year! Feel free to call us at 307-690-1139 or check out our Snake River page online.  

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The old cooler measuring trick with a nice Snake River Cutthroat!

South Fork of The Snake Fly Fishing

South Fork of The Snake Fly Fishing Report 8.15.16

The South Fork of the Snake River over Teton Pass is a great change of pace fishery near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Just an hour drive west of town, the South Fork is a large western trout river with healthy populations of Brown, Rainbow, and Snake River Fine Spotted  and Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout.  The South Fork of the Snake is currently flowing at 11,600 cfs near Heise, Idaho and flowing at 11,300 cfs above Irwin, Idaho.

If you are a big dry fly fisherman, the terrestrial bite is on! Hopper patterns tight to the banks have been working well, along with your favorite beetle or ant pattern in sizes 12-16. PMD emergers and nymphs have been fishing very well in the riffles and flats. Film Critics (size 18-20), Last Chance Cripples (size 18-20), Harrop’s PMD CDC Biot Emerger (Yellow or Pink, size 18-20) and Captive Dun’s (size 18-20) are great flies to try during hatch times, 11am-2pm. If you are on the water early or late, I would think Caddis. An X-Caddis (Olive size 16-18) might be the only fly you’ll need at these times.

Nymphing is always effective on the South Fork. The fish are holding in a number of different depths, so you might have to play around with the depth of your fly to see what works best for a particular water type. A good rule of thumb is 8-9 feet in the morning and 4-6 feet in the afternoon.

The South Fork of the Snake goes through numerous flow drops as irrigation demand decreases. This kicks the Mutant Stone Flies (Classenia) into gear and nymphing rubber leg patterns is a great way to go for the rest of the Summer and into Fall.

Our fishing guides have been spending their days off fly fishing the South Fork of the Snake River and have been raving about how good the fishing is right now!

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Fish The Fly Guide Baker Mann and Reed Minuth with a nice Cutthroat Trout on the South Fork of the Snake River!

Flat Creek National Elk Refuge Fly Fishing

Flat Creek National Elk Refuge Fly Fishing Report 8/12/16

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Apparently you can catch fish on Flat Creek in a pink shirt 😉

Flat Creek on the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a great fishery located just north of town.  There are two points of entrance, one is right across the street from the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the second is located at the entrance of The Jackson National Fish Hatchery.  When fly fishing Flat Creek walk quietly along the bank before making any casts and take note of the bug life. Taking this approach will allow you to match the hatch and not spook trout while blind casting.

  Fishing Flat Creek is all about not spooking the large Fine Spotted Cutthroats that live in this spring creek. Crouching on the bank and being aware of your shadow is a good plan of attack to not give yourself away.  It is important to be aware of your surroundings when fishing on the Elk Refuge, because it does get crowded and you never know where a fellow angler might be stalking some fish!  The trout tend to stay under the cut banks during the heat of the day, but will give up these lies in low light conditions during the early morning hours and while the sun is setting.

Crane Flies and Damselflies (size 6), PMD Cripples and Rusty Spinners (size 16-18), X-Caddis (sizes 14-16), and hopper patterns all have worked well this past week. Hopper patterns produce in all water types, but especially tight against the grassy banks.  Smaller dry flies such as PMDs and Caddis are great options for long,slow seams.  Fly fishing Flat Creek is similar to stalking big game. Listening for rises, watching the water, and being aware of the bug life are all factors that contribute to catching trout on the Flat Creek stretch on the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming!

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Some nice slow water to target when fishing in the evening!

Snake River Jackson Hole, Wyoming Fly Fishing

Snake River Jackson Hole, Wyoming Fly Fishing Report 8/9/16

Fish the Fly guide Nat Murphy and Max Johnston with a beautiful Cutthroat Trout!

The Snake River in Jackson Hole, Wyoming is fishing great right now!  The past few evenings and mornings have been very cool which has helped to reset the Snake River, and has woken up all the Fine Spotted Snake River Cutthroat Trout!  Cooler weather makes the fish more active in the morning, and they will continue to eat throughout the day due to the fact the water temperature has dropped.  The Snake is a nice 64 degrees Fahrenheit with a flow of 3320 cfs at Moose, Wyoming and is flowing at 3890 cfs in the canyon stretch above Alpine, Wyoming.  This is a bit of a reprieve from water temperatures that were reaching close to 70 degrees last week!

Even with this cooler weather the grass hoppers are still flying around the banks, so try throwing on some red and yellow hopper patterns.  The Cutthroats are eating Circus Peanuts (size 10) and chocolate Circus Peanuts (sizes 8-10), Berrett’s Mutant Stone in tan or red size #8-10, and your favorite hopper attractor. Claassenia stonefies can still be seen in all water types, but are most effective on banks and seams.  PMD cripples have been productive for pickier riffle trout and a #16 red Copper John has been a very consistent dropper off of larger attractor patterns through all water types.

The Snake River is one of Jackson Hole’s pristine fisheries and is in full force with this cold front we have seen here in the last couple of days.  The Snake is a great place to spend a full day float trip with one of our guides, and they have all the resources to make sure everyone is catching fish!

Snake River Jackson Hole, Wyoming Fly Fishing Report 8/5/16

Sorry it has been so long since our last fly fishing report!  The Snake River in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming is fishing very well right now.  The Snake is currently 66 degrees fahrenheit at Moose and is flowing at 3360 CFS, while flowing at 3870 CFS in the canyon stretch above Alpine, Wyoming.  With this warm weather in Jackson Hole, Wyoming mornings are the best time to fish, the water is still cool from the night before and the fish will be more active in cold water. Once mid afternoon hits, the water will begin to warm up and the fish will become lethargic and less active.  The Fine Spotted Snake River Cutthroat are eating the circus peanut (chocolate sizes 8-10), mutant stone fly (sizes 8-10), hoppers, beetles, and flying ants.  The Snake River is a great place to spend your morning searching for Snake River Cutthroat Trout, and our guides have all the bugs the fish are eating!

A nice Snake River Cutthroat Trout during a beautiful day in Jackson Hole, Wyoming!

Some happy clients with Fish The Fly Guide Will Pierce!