Fly Fishing Report – Snake River Jackson Hole, WY 2.11.14

Honestly there hasn’t been much fly fishing opportunity here in Jackson Hole the past few weeks due to bitterly cold temperatures.  This week and the rest of the month should prove to be better as temperatures warm up on average and gets our trout more active.  We will begin to see our Winter Stoneflies hatch if we see warm, sunny days with high temperatures around freezing and above. This week calls for stormy weather but daytime highs in the upper 30’s everyday.  Midge hatches will be prolific, especially the smaller Gray Midges #20-22.  Nymphing will be good in the afternoons with Zebra Midges, WD-40’s, and Muskrat Midges. It’s time to get back out there! Our snowpack is piling up! Currently we are at 111% of normal moisture content with more on it’s way. The long term forecast for February shows more snow all the way through the end of the month.  This is great news as the BuRec drained the Palisades last year and Jackson Lake was brought down to 17% and left us in need of water for this year… These artificially high flows on the Snake were great for our Cutthroat as they fed well and will be in great shape for this season.  All signs are pointing towards good things and we are pumped!!

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report 1.16.14

This fishing report starts off with good news about our current snowpack conditions.  We’ve just received 4 feet of new snow that was heavy in moisture content, leaving us at 106% of normal water content.  We still have a long way to go before Summer, but we are headed in the right direction to refill our reservoirs for good water flows. Something to note is that the majority of this snow is above 8000 feet in elevation.  This means access to the Snake is pretty reasonable and with above average temperatures down low, fishing has been good. Nymphing is the name of the game with Midge imitations – Zebra Midges, Disco Midges, Black Beauties, Red Copper Johns in sizes #18-22. Our Winter Stoneflies aren’t quite active yet, but be on the lookout as we move into February…


Nice Cutthroat from the Snake River

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing report – 12.11.13

It’s been awhile since my last fishing report for the Jackson Hole valley, mostly because we’ve put away most of the fishing gear and pulled out the skis! Winter has arrived here with good snowpack and cold temperatures. There have been some pretty large ice flows floating in the Snake recently with below zero temps and I’m sure our Cutthroat are hunkered down wishing for warmer days… Good news is moisture content in our snow pack is up to 122% for the Snake and 128% for the Upper Green currently.  Of course this can change between now and June, but it’s a good start.  With reservoir levels in Jackson Lake and Palisades being extra low this year, we’ll need all the help we can get. Plus it’s fun to ski it before you float it!

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report 10.14.13

We’ve made it to Winter flows on the Snake River and our Cutthroat are psyched! After abnormally high flows all summer, they are excited to see the surface and eating the plethora of bugs hatching at the moment.  Fall weather has got our Mayflies popping like mad – Baetis and Mahogany Duns. We are starting to see October Caddis as well and on sunny mornings Stonefly patterns are a great big bug option still. Streamers are pulling up some nice trout, so make sure to have a few in a variety of colors – Black, Purple, Olive, Tan, Yellow, and White are my favorites. Low light conditions are best so don’t be afraid of a little weather!

Jackson Hole fly fishing report 10.3.13

Fall is here!  Both fall weather and flow drops on the Snake River are making for some great fly fishing currently. Flows are being dropped out of Jackson Lake Dam over the two weeks this year.  This is good news for both our Cutthroat and the bugs that feed them as they  will have plenty of time to move to their new homes in the river. The Lower Snake is the place to be this time of year where the hatches are more prolific and the water deeper overall. We’ve been seeing solid Baetis and Mahogany hatches daily and there are a few October Caddis fluttering about as well.  Life cycle patterns for these bugs plus Zug Bugs/Prince nymphs have been picking up plenty of trout. It is true that Yellowstone and Grand Teton are closed currently, but we are still running fly fishing trips on the Snake River below Wilson and the fishing is fine!

Gail Miller and a nice 18" Cutthroat trout

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing- Guides Report 9.18.13

Summer time temperatures have lingered here in Jackson Hole until today.  We received alot of rain yesterday and overnight which has blown out the Snake River temporarily. We are expecting our first few frosts over the next few days, which will bring some changes to our fly fishing tactics…. The frosts will slow down the Terrestrial bite and bring on some more of our Fall Mayfly hatches.  We have still been seeing Tricos and PMD’s, but will now look for more Mahogany Duns, Hecubas, and BWO’s.  I was guiding on Fish Creek yesterday and saw my first October Caddis of the year as well. Our Snake River Cutthroat know that Winter isn’t too far off and will key in on these smaller bugs and try to fatten up.  Larger trout will begin to eat more Sculpins, so streamers should definitely be in your fly box! With each passing day we are getting closer to the drop to Winter flows on the Snake.  This will bring some insanely good dry fly fishing in October! We are also starting to think about Brown trout….

Still plenty of nice Cutthroat eating dry flies!

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report 9.2.13

We’ve had some afternoon rain showers since our last report, which means Hecubas popping! These larger Drakes hatch best from Astoria to West Table and in GTNP, but are effective patterns to fish in any stretch.  I like to use #10-12 Para Hare’s Ears and Adams, especially on cloudy, warm afternoons. This weather has also been good for other Mayfly species such as PMD’s and Mahoganies.  There are even good Caddis hatches still which have been fun in the mornings along with twitching Pink or Purple Chubby Chernobyls…

Great bug haches on the lower Snake River currently

Fly fishing report- Jackson Hole, WY 9.10.13

The Jackson Hole One took place this past weekend on all of the stretches of the Snake River. Cloudy, rainy weather produced solid hatches of our fall Drake, the Timpanoga Hecuba. This weather also blew out the Snake below Hoback and the Buffalo on Sunday. The Snake River in GTNP fished well on Saturday including the largest Cutthroat of the tournament, a 23″ SRC. On Sunday, the GTNP stretches did not fish nearly as well with muddy water, but the lower river was better as the Hoback cleared. Higher than average flows meant that larger flies like Hecubas, Claassenia Stoneflies, and streamers were the best producers.  There were a number of quality trout landed over 20″ this year both on the South Fork and WY Snake. Our Fall Fishing is going to be fantastic this year! Once flows are dropped at the end of September, all of these large trout will be eating off the surface with plenty of bugs to choose from.  We are really looking forward to this!!

Gorgeous 21" Snake River Cutthroat caught the day before the One Fly!

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing report 8.26.13

Sorry it’s been awhile since our last report, we’ve been busy!  The Snake River here in the valley is the place to be with solid dry fly action.  This is best in the mornings and into the early afternoon before it’s get too hot.  Grasshoppers, ants, beetles, Mutant Stones, PMD’s, and Caddis are all on the menu currently and our Cutthroat trout are psyched!

Combi family trip on the Snake

The Combis had a blast during their trip!

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing- Guide Report 8.9.13

The fly fishing on the Snake River has really turned on since our last report! The BuRec dropped flows out of Jackson Lake Dam by 500 cfs on August 1st, which sparked a hatch of our Claasenia Stoneflies.  This woke up the larger Cutthroat and got them really looking towards the surface for meals, even in some faster water.  The next flow drop is August 15th and the fishing will only get better!

Jackson hole fly fishing

Gorgeous Cutthroat and lady!