Jackson Hole Fishing report – Snake River 4.12.12

April fly fishing in JH

This 18" Cuttie ate a Skwala adult pattern!

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort closed this past weekend and things have quieted down a bit around here.  There are fewer boats out on the Snake, but the fishing remains quite good! I had a chance to get out for a bit yesterday and was looking to fish some dry flies.  It has been 70+ degrees the past few days, so I figured that our Cutthroat should be looking for bigger bugs like our Skwalas or March Browns. I didn’t see either of these but the trout responded well to both adult and nymph Skwala patterns, so that’s what I fished! I caught a number of Cutties 15-18″ in just a few hours in 3 different holes before calling it a day. There were a ton of our Little Black Stoneflies (Capnia) crawling on the rocks and flying about and I’m certain that they would have produced as well. Our trout are in prime condition from having good over-winter water flows and are fighting well.  I even had one jump! We are still running our Spring fishing trip special, so give us a call! Best Flies: #10 Bullethead Skwala, #12 Boot’s Cripple, #16 Peacock Caddis, #16-18 Black or Red Zebra Midge, #14-16 Prince Nymph, #12-14 Pheasant Tail

Beautiful Cutthroat!

Snake River fly fishing report – Jackson Hole 4.6.12

Happy fisherman!

Laura Gangler is all smiles after hooking her first Cutthroat on a dry fly

We’ve been running a lot of guide fly fishing trips on the Snake River recently.  Warm weather and mediocre skiing has folks looking for something else to do and why not? The fishing has been on fire! The Midge hatches continue to keep our Cutthroat looking up and we’re starting to see some success with March Brown and Skwala patterns as well, both nymphs and dries. Air temperatures reaching in to the 60’s has put these larger bugs on the menu and they should continue to be so for the next month or so until runoff hits… The Snake below Moose has been the place to be.  We’ve been floating between Wilson and Astoria with great success.  If it’s been above 50 for a few days, the Hoback River will muddy and blow out the river below there…

James Gangler and a great catch!

Best flies: #20 Tridge, #18-20 Black Furimsky’s BDE, #18 Black Zebra Midge, #10 Pat’s Rubberlegs, #12-14 March Brown Cripples

Fly Fishing report Jackson Hole 4.1.12

Fish on in front of the Tetons!

The Snake River is still fishing well!

Today marks the opening of the Snake River tributaries here in the valley.  Rivers like the Hoback, Gros Ventre, and Buffalo are now open for fishing.  Traditionally the Snake wasn’t open to fishing for Cutthroat until April 1st as well, but that changed in 2006 to a catch and release season through the winter. There are some changes to the WY  fishing regulations for 2012. Tributaries of the Snake are now closed on December 1st instead of November 1st and will open as usual on April 1st of the following year. Anglers are allowed to keep 3 trout with only one trout exceeding 16 inches and no more than one Cutthroat shall exceed 12 inches.   Basically WY Game and Fish is saying that the streams are holding up to the current level of fishing pressure, but they want to make sure that the Cutthroat is still well protected. The tributaries should fish well right now and until runoff.  Most of the larger Cutthroat are still in the Snake River and have not begun their spawning migrations, but some of the larger rivers hold some surprises.  Look for Midges, BWO’s, and a few Caddis to be the go to bugs…

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report 3.17.12

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It has been warm for Jackson Hole lately – temps in the mid 40’s all week has really given our fishing boost!  Midges are everywhere along the Snake River, from Moose down to the Elbow boat ramp.  Snow is melting daily from the edges of the river, making access easier by the day.  We are still running our Winter wade fishing trips with success. There is some surface activity in the later afternoons after 2pm, but nymphing and slowly swinging streamers has been the most consistent.  Action is coming from the slow water at the ends of runs and slower riffle seams, especially in side channels. Best flies: #6 Black or Olive Zonker, #18-20 Black Zebra Midge, #14-18 Prince Nymphs, #16-20 Furimsky’s BDE’s – Black

Fish on!

Warm weather is making for great fishing!

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing report 3.25.12

This is the warmest March weather since 2007!  The past 4 days have been in the mid-50’s and the fishing has been phenomenal! Moose, Wilson, South Park, and Astoria boat ramps are all now clear and we are floating the Snake daily. Check out our Spring fishing trip Special. With this warmer weather, the Cutthroat have started coming to the surface by 11am and continue to rise until dusk.  There are Whitefish also rising, so it pays to observe before making the cast.  Midges, BWO’s, and even a few March Browns and Skwalas are hatching.  We are seeing adult Cutthroat 14-20″ feeding voraciously! Check out some video of the recent fly fishing on the Snake River. Best Flies: #16-20 Black Furimsky’s BDE, #20 Zelon Midge, #BWO Comparadun, #12-14 March Brown Cripples, #12-18 Lightening Bug, #14-16 Prince Nymphs, #6 White Zonker

Chandler Minton loves dry fly fishing in March!

Merry Christmas!

Fishing has really slowed due to cold weather in the Jackson valley.  Ski season has started and for a bit we turn our attention to making turns.  Our snow pack is a little light at the moment, but it’s really early to make any sort of predictions.  Flows out of Jackson Lake Dam are at 500 cfs for the winter, which is great news for our trout and the bugs in the river. South Fork flows are at 3000 cfs out of Palisades.  Everything is pointing to a great season next summer!

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report 10.17.11

The Fly Fishing on the Snake River in Jackson Hole has been awesome!  Our fall weather has set in with cool overnight temperatures and warm afternoons getting in to the 50’s.  This has the bug hatches going nuts starting about 12:30pm.  We’ve been using alot of BWO Cripples and Midge patterns in the riffles and October Caddis against the banks and structure while drifting.  Nymph droppers are doing well in some of the faster water. I floated Deadman’s-Moose today with Jeff and Kate McLaughlin and we crushed it.  Believe it or not, some Cutthroat were still eating Claasenia Stonefly patterns before noon.  Numerous trout 12-18″ were landed and we didn’t see another boat!

Fall fly fishing in Jackson Hole

Hard to beat fall fishing on the Snake River!

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report 9.12.11

The Jackson Hole One Fly event was this past weekend and was a great success.  Warm, sunnier weather prevailed which meant that fishing larger stonefly and hopper type patterns was in order.  Plus people can see them all day!  The Snake in Jackson fished well with Moose-Wilson scoring the highest closely followed by Deadman’s-Moose, both in GTNP.  Stoneflies scored well, but so did smaller mayfly patterns, especially for pickier fish.   From Wilson Bridge down, mayfly patterns like Hecubas or Mahogany Duns produced more consistently.  Basically the idea is to show them something they haven’t seen before…

Jackson Hole One Fly

Amazing weather for the JH One Fly!

Over on the South Fork in Idaho, the Upper stretch from Palisades Dam to Spring Creek Bridge scored the highest.  Riffle fishing with mayfly cripples brought the biggest fish to the net.  Foam bugs that represented the Mutant Stone did well for those that were able to twitch them close to bank structure. The weekend was great fun and raised alot of dollars for regional fisheries improvement projects.  Special thanks to Under Armour, Coors, Frontiers Travel, and Hyde Drift Boats for sponsoring this year’s event!

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report 8.16.11

Snake River Fly fishing on the Snake River in Jackson Hole is on fire right now!  Our Cutthroat are fat and happy after a long runoff and are looking to the surface to get fed.  Stonefly attractors, PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, and Caddis are all producing at the moment, both wet and dry.  Fishing heats up around 10am and has been going strong through the afternoons and into the evenings.  If you are on the river early or late, strip some streamers and hunt for the big cutties.  All stretches of the Snake are fishing right now and seeing larger trout on top.  Give us a call to book a guided fly fishing trip on the Snake River! – 307-690-1139 Best Flies: #8-10 Chubby Chernobyl, #16 Yellow Stimulator, #14-16 Lime PMX, #16 PMD Cripples, #6 Black Leech, #6 Olive/White Silvey’s Sculpin

Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi loves to fish the Snake River!

Backcountry Creeks Wow, has fishing in the backcountry been fun lately!  The average size of Cutthroat seems to have increased on all of our streams, and these fish are happy.  We have seen some really nice fish to 18″ on our recent trips.  A short hike will get you into the best fly fishing, and typically all we use are dry fly patterns.  These fish are less pressured than most others in the area, so 4x tippet is the norm. Check out  fly fishing the Wyoming backcountry and give us a call to book a trip! Best Flies: #12-14 Parachute Adams, #12-14 Yellow PMX, #14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, #10-12 Schroeder’s Parahopper
WY backcountry Cutthroat trout

Gorgeous backcountry Cutthroat trout!

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report 7.31.11

The Snake River here in Jackson Hole is starting to fish finally!  Cutthroat are being caught in the side channels and slower water where the clarity is best.  There is about 2 feet of visibility currently and the water is a milky green color.  Streamer and nymph rigs are the best bet right now.  Flows at Moose are 5870 cfs and dropping.  As these flows get below 5000 cfs, the fly fishing will improve greatly. We are now running fly fishing trips on the Snake River , so give us a call at 307-690-1139!