Fish the Fly Guide Service Open for Business 5.18.20

A mangy Bull Moose browses alongside the Gros Ventre River recently. Bullwinkle is ready to see you!

Jackson Hole Cautiously Re-opens

We are excited to announce that Fish the Fly Guide Service located here in beautiful Jackson Hole, WY is open for business!  Wyoming’s abundant wide open spaces couldn’t be more appreciated in this time for easy social distancing. Our community believes that we can safely operate by consciously staying Clean, Careful and Connected.

Fish the Fly wanted to share with you what our guided fishing trips and scenic float trips will look like going forward. As situations and guidelines change, we too will adapt our practices with the safety of our clients, guides, and community being the primary goal.

New precautionary measures address operating in a Covid environment. We are following the Phased Health Guidelines put forth by the Teton County Health Department. These guidelines were designed with CDC Health Recommendations  and WY State Health Orders in mind. Guidelines are broken down into Red, Orange, Yellow, and Green phase designations based on current risk.

Therefore, your guided fishing day will look slightly different. If you would like to see more specifics for Outfitters and Guides, click here.  This document also contains policies for other services pertinent to your vacation.

Prior to Your Guided Day

We understand that the following may sound like a lot. But, with some conscious action, your day can be a stress free and  fun time enjoying nature and our waterways.

Single household groups are encouraged. However, we are not restricted to them. Appropriate social distancing will be required if groups are not from the same household. Our scenic float trips will be restricted to single household groups of six people or less.

Fish the Fly will email you 72 hours prior to your scheduled trip. This email asks if you have been exhibiting any flu-like symptoms and to stay home if so.

As always, your guide will reach out to you the afternoon or evening before your trip the next day, either by phone or text. This is to insure that everyone is on the same page with logistics. These include meeting time and place, lunch requests on full day trips or scenic float trips, skill level, necessary gear, expectations for the day, and Covid mitigation practices.

We ask that you self-check for possible Covid-19 symptoms such as, fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell. If you are experiencing any of these, we will cancel your trip with safety for all in mind. Your guide will briefly check again upon meeting on the day of your trip.

Let the fun begin!

The day of your trip

Finally, your relaxing day on the water is here!

Please bring your buff or cloth face covering with you. Use the bathroom at your lodging prior to leaving for your day. Arrive clean and ready to have some fun!

Business sponsored transportation is discouraged during the current Orange Phase. This means that you will be asked to follow/meet your guide at the day’s fishing destination.  If necessary, you can ride with your guide in his vehicle, although cloth face coverings will be required since 6 feet of social distancing can’t be maintained.

Your guide will have a clean and sanitized vehicle and boat upon arrival. He will also have hand sanitizer readily available during the day. If lunch is provided with your trip, then you will be asked to wash your hands with bio-degradable soap that your guide provides before and after eating. Lunches will be pre-packaged single servings, i.e. no communal make your own style deli bar or water cooler.

Our guides are removing the rear knee brace in their drift boats. This means you will fish while sitting on a float fishing trip to help maximize distancing. The Current Orange Phase requires face coverings while in a boat where six feet distances cannot be maintained. Hopefully, we will be in a Yellow Phase soon where this is not required.

Again, we know that this can sound overwhelming, but with a few simple conscious actions, you’ll have a relaxing, fun day on the water! Call us at 307-690-1139 with any questions or to book a trip. You can also book via the Fish the Fly website.

 

Grand Teton and Yellowstone Announce Phased Re-opening Plan 5.13.20

Soon we will be able to go fly fishing in Yellowstone National Park!

In a joint teleconference, Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cam Sholly and Grand Teton National Park Acting Superintendent Gopaul Noojibail announced plans for a phased re-opening of both Parks to begin at 12pm Monday May 18th. This limited opening allows Yellowstone and Grand Teton staff the ability to refine Covid mitigation practices. Governor Mark Gordon of Wyoming requested the earliest possible opening date for the Wyoming entrances to the Park after lifting a mandatory 14 day quarantine for out of state visitors on May 8th.

Even though approximately 90% of Yellowstone Park lies with in the Wyoming state borders, 75% of the Park’s visitors enter via the Montana entrance stations (West Yellowstone, Gardiner). It is not anticipated that the Montana and Idaho entrances will remain closed for very much longer past May 18th, but it depends on state Health Ordinances of each individual state.

Yellowstone National Park  has  a “good supply” of Personal Protective Equipment (face masks, gloves) for staff.  Teton and Park Counties in Wyoming will receive additional funding for PPE from the state of Wyoming with federal support. Public has to be responsible – NP officials ask sick visitors to stay home. Visitors must their have own facial coverings. Fees will be collected at gates. Masks will be required in public facilities, the number of  visitors will be metered inside of buildings, and additional  cleaning measures for restrooms will be implemented.

Some of the conditions of each Phase are included below. For the official Covid-19 Reopening Plan click here. For a map of Yellowstone National Park click here.

Yellowstone Fishing season will open as originally planned on Saturday May 23rd, but guided fishing trips in Yellowstone National Park will not be allowed until Phase 2 of the plan begins.

Yellowstone National Park 

Phase 1– Monday May 18th 12pm open South Entrance & East Entrance (Wyoming entrances) – visitation limited to Lower Loop only. Day use only

25% of staff hired (~1000 employees), social distancing at housing facilities was the biggest determining factor

Restrooms, trails & boardwalks, gas stations, and 2 of 3 Medical clinics will be open

No overnight accommodations, No commercial tour buses

Phase 2(last well into June) – Limited Visitor Centers and campgrounds will be opened along with Visitor Cabins and a few stores. Backcountry permits will be sold. Takeout food service will be offered.

Additional tours including Boating and Fishing will be allowed in Phase 2 (late May/early June)

Phase 3– full commercial lodging and restaurants. States and CDC have to lift restrictions on large gatherings & public health officials have to give the shared housing the green light

 

Grand Teton National Park 

Beginning Monday, May 18, Grand Teton National Park will have recreational access with limited services available to the public. As in Yellowstone NP, Grand Teton NP asks visitors to assume personal health responsibility.
Phase 1
  • Primary road access (Teton Park Road, Moose-Wilson Road and North Park Road)
  • Public restrooms in some areas
  • Day-use hiking on seasonally-accessible trails
  • Riverbank and lakeshore fishing
  • Multi-use pathway system (where free from snow)
  • Several viewpoints continue to be accessible along US Highway 89/26/191
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed or services are unavailable at this time-
  • Park visitor centers
  • Overnight lodging
  • Food service
  • Boating/floating on river and lakes
  • Marinas
  • Backcountry permits
  • Special-use permits
  • Campgrounds
  • No tour buses
It is anticipated that expanded recreational access and visitor services will be available as the park continues with a phased opening approach, conditions permitting.

Phase 2– Visitor cabins, river and lake access, secondary road access, lodging, backcountry

Phase 3– Summer modified services- increased commercial tourism. Jackson and Jenny Lake Lodges to remain closed for the season

The park is implementing a number of preventive measures to reduce the spread of infectious disease, including prioritizing the hiring of seasonal custodial workers and increased contracted services for cleaning and disinfecting high use areas, and the use of plexiglass panels in locations of high visitor/public interaction such as entrance stations, visitor centers, and permit desks, and providing visitor guidance.
Grand Teton National Park will examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. The park continues to work closely with the National Park Service Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.

 

 

 

Fly Fishing Flat Creek Jackson Hole, WY 5.11.20

A few nights ago, I had spent most of the day inside hoping for some sunshine. It slowly did and by dinner time it was gorgeous outside. With a full belly, I grabbed my gear and hopped in the truck anxious to get some fly fishing done. The short drive to Flat Creek was well worth it!

The sun sets behind the Tetons on a warm day in May

Warm weather has brought runoff to most area rivers and streams, besides tail waters. The shed hunters had moved on after the weekend and it was quiet on the creek. There were BWO spinners and a few Brachycentrus Caddis hovering in the air, but no risers. I had a Rubberlegs and Purple Duracell nymph setup from a recent trip on the Snake River and decided to shorten the depth and give it a whirl after knotting on a bright green Caddis pupa.  In a half dozen casts I had landed three nice Cutthroat, one on each fly. One spunky Cuttie even jumped!

Feel lucky to be on lockdown in such an amazing place. Looking forward to Summer. Wyoming is slowly opening back up and we are taking reservations. Come spend some time in nature!

Jumping Cutthroat trout?!