My oh my, has it been a snowy Winter here in Jackson Hole! February brought us significant moisture and we have the deepest snowpack to date ever!We currently sit at 152% of water content in our snow pack. This is great news for our fisheries since we’ve seen a few dry years in a row as it will replenish our aquifers for this year and next. It will bring some Spring flooding and we will have to wait a bit longer to fish our rivers, but it will be worth it. The Bureau of Reclamation has already begun raising flows on the South Fork to 6750 cfs to make room for runoff. Flows for the Upper Snake here through Jackson will most likely be raised this coming week to roughly 1000 cfs from 300cfs. Our fly fishing season has picked up some as of late with warmer air temperatures above freezing and reaching 40 degrees. This has sparked our Spring midge hatch and a few Little Black Stones and our Cutthroat are looking for them. Mostly this is sub-surface activity with #14-18 Red or Black Copper Johns, #16-18 Zebra Midges, and smaller Stonefly imitations, but there are a few trout looking up to eat off the surface mid-afternoon. The streamer bite is slow, but might pick up a few trout if they are just swung through the current and not stripped. The best news is that we are running guided fly fishing trips! Give us a call at 307-690-1139 or shoot an email to [email protected] to get a date with one of our guides.
It has been an incredibly snowy Winter in Jackson Hole! There was some good fly fishing on both the Upper Snake River and the South Fork this past November after our last fishing report. Warm weather persisted through Thanksgiving and provided for some of the best late season fly fishing that I can remember. Plenty of trout were up on the surface eating BWO’s and Midges and the occasional October Caddis. The streamer bite was really on and brought the best trout to hand all day long.As soon as December arrived, the snow started flying and it has just kept coming! In between storms we have had cold temperatures that have preserved our snowpack and we currently sit at 128% of normal for water content. This is a great sign for our trout and the fly fishing for the upcoming Summer! We are currently booking guided fly fishing trips for the 2017 Spring and Summer Season. Please call us at 307-690-1139 to get out on the river!
The fishing season in Yellowstone Park closed with a bang!! The weather since our last fishing report has mostly been wet, which is truly a blessing after one of the driest Summer seasons on record here in Wyoming. A lot of this moisture came slow and steady, which kept the rivers around here fishable before they all blew out in last week of the month. The fly fishing on the Upper Snake River as it dropped was off the chart!I had the pleasure of spending a day with Bob and Adler Mercier chasing browns as the Snake dropped mid-month. Bob was a former hunting guide near Torrington and wanted to show Adler what the great state of Wyoming was all about. We arrived to the perfect storm of conditions for big brown trout- dropping flows, scuzzy weather, and a fresh run of browns up from Jackson Lake. We put several trout in the 20″ class in the net that day and I overheard Adler telling Bob, “Dad, I don’t want to leave Wyoming!” The skies cleared and it warmed up considerably in to the first week of November. We were reaching daytime highs close to 60 degrees as the Park was closing for the year, which is rare to say the least. I had a free day to run up to Lewis Lake with a couple of buddies and we had a blast. We launched into the fog and perfectly still conditions which I had never experienced there before, what a treat! We rigged up as the fog cleared and sight fished a handful of spooky Lake trout and even a few nice Browns that had not yet begun to spawn. Our best action was at the inlet to the Lake to cruising trout. The Lake trout near Mac Point were not to be found and the outlet bay held more brown trout. Needless to say we can’t wait until opening day of fishing season in Yellowstone Park next year! Mark your calendars for May 27, 2017 and come join us!
I’m sitting here reminiscing about the amazing Fall weather we had here in Jackson Hole during September. Today it’s snowing above 8000 feet and chilly. No complaints, we need the moisture in a bad way!The fishing report form the Snake this weekend was very good! Lots of Mayflies hatching and Cutthroat feeding on the surface. The rain missed the stretches south of Jackson, but pounded up in the Park. We are seeing the start of some mud in the Snake and it will likely continue through tomorrow after the rain we had today. The forecast looks good for the end of the week through the weekend and the Snake will have settled by then. We expect to see prolific hatches and lots of feeding trout!