Jackson Hole Fly Fishing – Guide Report 12.1.12

One of our fishing guides, Will Pierce, was out on the water this past week and sent us the following report –

Thursday, November 29th
The fly fishing was good in the 11am-3pm time range, the fish were in pods in the still pools on the sides of faster water.  I caught a handful of fish on a #10 black/tan wooly bugger and saw a number of fish rising to tiny midges hatching on the water.  Too bad I had only brought streamers with me! Soft, deep pools have trout stacked up in them right now, and even though the fish are a little slow on the streamer take they still are eager to feed with the warmer temperatures we’ve had lately!
Friday, November 30th
The weather was a little cooler and the rain kept up throughout the morning and into the afternoon, but the trout were feeding none the less!  This time I had my dry flies and with the help of a #20 BWO Cripple, I was able to land a handful of Cutties in the 12 to 14 inch range.  These trout were feeding in slower water, which made the fly/take easier to see.  Towards the end of the day I switched to an all black streamer and landed a nice 15 inch Brookie!

Best Flies: #20 BWO Sparkle Dun, #20 Zelon Midge, #6 Black Leech, #18-20 PT’s, #18-20 Black or Red Zebra Midge

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing – Guide Report 11.21.12

Happy Thanksgiving!! A few of our fishing guides ran trips on the Snake River yesterday to good success.  Air temperatures reached in to the mid 40’s and it felt pretty warm.  The fishing was best from about 1-3pm on BWO, Midge, and medium-sized Stonefly nymphs.  There were a few fish rising with very subtle takes on Midge and Blue-wing cripples. Best action is just below where the riffle current settles out and there is some more depth for Cutthroat to hold for the winter. Long range forecasts are calling for warmer than average in early December.  Our boat ramps are still accessible since there has been some rain in the valley.  Check out our fall fly fishing special. Afternoon half day trips are best now….

Fly fishing Jackson Hole 11.11.12

We salute all the Veterans who have put everything on the line in defense of our country! Winter finally arrived here in the Hole this past Friday.  Weather prior to that was perfect for afternoon dry fly fishing! Highs in the mid 50’s produced solid Midge and BWO hatches and our Cutthroat were on them in the riffles and  flats at the end of runs.  Nymphing has been good with medium sized Stonefly nymphs about 6 feet down trailing Zebra Midges, Lightening Bugs, and Rainbow Warriors all in sizes #16-20. Streamers are still worth fishing, but slow your retrieve way down or just let the fly swing at the end of the drift… Late fall Snake RIver Cutthroat

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Guide Report 10.29.12

The recent wintry weather has intensified the surface action on the Snake River as our Cutthroat fatten up for winter. Midge and BWO hatches are occurring daily after 1pm, but may not begin until 2pm on colder days.  Riffles and flats are the best places to find this action, so take your time on these.  Bank structure does hold a few nice trout, but not as many as the riffles.  I prefer to focus on these and maybe throw a streamer between them.  Water temperatures dropped enough to slow the streamer bite some, but this should pick up the next few days as air temps are forecasted to be in the mid 50’s. Best Flies: #18-20 BWO Film Critic, #18-20 Para Adams, #18-20 Zelon Midge, #10-12 JB’s Rocktober Caddis, #6 Olive Morrish Sculpin, #6 Black Leech, #6 Gray/White Double Bunny, #6 JJ’s Special

Jeff Bairstow holds a fat and happy Snake River Cutthroat!

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report 10.16.12

It has remained very consistent on the Snake River here in Jackson Hole.  Our fishing guides are still out on the water regularly getting clients into trout after trout.  The BWO hatch remains strong and the weather we are receiving today will only help it strengthen.  It rained hard here today and the river may even blow out tomorrow! All sections of the Snake are fishing well, but the whitewater might very well be the best.  Our new Aire raft is a spectacular fishing machine and is going to serve us well for years to come. The streamer bite is on as our Cutthroat fatten up for the winter.  There are plenty of trout feeding off the surface daily after 1pm on Blue Wings, Mahoganies, and October Caddis. The best part is that few boats are on the river! Best Flies: #10-12 Oragne Stimulator, #18 BWO Film Critic, #16 Mahogany Cripples, #6 Tan Sculpzilla, #4 Yellow Dungeon, #6 Black Leech

Darrell Ragan shows me how it's done...

Snake River whitewater Cutthroat

Another one of many!

Jackson Hole fly fishing guide report 10.7.12

Our fishing guides are still reporting great things from the Snake River in the Jackson Hole valley! We had a cold front push through that dropped the temperatures into the upper 40’s and 50’s, but no precipitation.  This really sparked the Blue Wing Olive hatch on the lower river below South Park Bridge.  New riffles are showing after the flow drop and the Cutthroat are stacked up in them munching on these tiny morsels. Big bugs, you ask?  October Caddis are hatching and have been great in bank pockets and on the fast water margins. Dropping a Zebra Midge or BWO Micro Mayfly about two feet below has kept clients into fish all day. Fishing streamers has been fun for those who prefer the chuck and duck. A number of patterns are working, like Gray/White Clousers, Silvey Sculpins, and Black Leeches. Call and take advantage of our fall fly fishing special on the Snake River .  We’ll be running fishing trips into November this year…

We love it when fish like this eat dry flies!!

Steve Heck lands yet another Cutthroat yesterday

Jackson Hole fly fishing report 10.3.12 – Snake River

The Snake River here in Jackson Hole continues to fish well, especially on the surface.  Fall hatches of Mahogany Duns, Blue Wing Olives, and October Caddis have kept the Cutthroat looking up, but they definitely are not push-overs. The river has been dropped to winter flows of 300 cfs out of Jackson Lake Dam.  This has the trout podded up in the deeper runs and feeding in preparation for winter. I have lengthened my leaders to 10 feet and am using 5X to fool these pickier trout. The streamer bite is on! Bank-side structure is holding some large Cutties and can be enticed if the fly is placed within inches.  Dry-dropper combinations have also been great with nymphs running close to this structure. These are some really beautiful fish! Best Flies: #12-16 Mahogany Duns, #18 BWO Film Critic, #10-12 Orange Stimulator, #16-18 Lightening Bugs, #14-16 Zug Bugs, #6 Black Leech, #6 Tan Silvey Sculpin

Guide Taylor Upton displays a beautiful Cutthroat caught by Randy McKinney


Nothing like floating under the fall colors!

Fly fishing report Jackson Hole – Snake River 9.23.12

The Snake River has fished remarkably well this summer and continues to shine with a multitude of mayfly hatches currently. Hecubas, Mahogany Duns, PMD’s, BWO’s, and Tricos are popping throughout the whole river system and our Cutthroat are loving it! Life cycle patterns for all of these bugs are bringing up trout, starting around 11am and lasting until  close to 6pm.  Our Classennia Stoneflies are still hatching and are a great bug to fish first thing in the morning.  October Caddis are beginning to show and will be a great go to bug through October.

Army tank Specialist Josh Connolly was here with the Honoring Our Veterans crew and caught this nice 18" SRC

July fly fishing in Jackson Hole WY

Fly fishing report Jackson Hole – Snake River 9.13.12

Man, I love fall! Not that I’m ready to dawn all of my winter gear yet, just love the trees changing color and Cutthroat feeding voraciously. The Snake River fished very well for the Jackson Hole One Fly event this past weekend.  I guided Deadman’s – Moose both days and it fished well with #12-14 Hecubas, #12-14 Flying Ants, and a few Stoneflies.  Saturday was cool to start and when the fishing got going, all of the trout in the river were up and feeding.  They ate the Hecuba well, but we also had a fair number of refusals. Maybe it was because we had 3x tied on? Some fish really don’t seem to care, yet others do…. Sunday was warmer overnight and the trout responded earlier.  Flying Ants were a really good choice as the Cutties ate them from first to last cast.  The problem was getting them to stay on the line with a smaller hook.  We finally got it dialed by angling the rod tip more to one side or the other and scored well. Thanks to all who put on the event and especially Under Armour, Smith Sunglasses, and Thomas and Thomas Fly rods.

Hopefully, they won't find me here....

Snake River fly fishing report – Jackson Hole, WY 9.3.12

Happy Labor Day! The Snake River here in Jackson Hole continues to fish well with dry flies despite warm water temperatures.  We had some rain this past weekend and cooler mornings have made for some great fishing. Classennia Stonefly shucks litter the banks of the river on all stretches and have been a go to pattern on all stretches.  Hecubas, Mahogany Duns, PMD’s, and Carpenter Ants have the trout looking up daily, with mid-day being the most consistent times to get into rising Cutthroat. Best Flies: #8-10 September Stone, #8-10 Water Walker – Salmon, Golden, #8-10 Chubby Chernobyl – Purple, Red, #10-12 Power Ants, #10-12 Parachute Adams/Hare’s Ears, #12-14 Mahogany Cripples

Andy Balogh and his first trout on the fly


Two in the net are better than one in the river!

Say Cheese!