Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report 3.24.20

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Conditions

The fly fishing season here in Jackson Hole has begun! Warmer March air temperatures have the bugs in the Snake River moving about. As a result, our Cutthroat trout have taken notice. This week’s weather calls for intermittent snow and colder temps than the beginning of the month. Sunshine and the Spring we all wait for looks to be on the horizon next week.

The Snake River is low and slow out of Jackson Lake Dam. Winter releases continue at 300 cfs. The gauge at Moran is currently reading 385 cfs due to some daily snow melt however. Trough the Jackson Hole valley, the Snake is at 701 cfs and 1330 cfs for Moose and South Park respectively.  Currently Moose, Wilson, and South Park boat ramps are clear. Pritchard should open in the next week.

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing

Tracy Yannelli and a Snake River Cutthroat that ate a Zebra Midge

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing techniques

Both Midges and Capnia Stoneflies continue to be the bugs of choice on the Snake River in Jackson Hole. Nymphing has been the most consistent way of finding fish. Surface action can be found in slower water at the ends of riffles and current margins. If you find actively rising trout, then it is best to stay put and fly fish. #16-20 Furimsky BDE’s in black or Olive are a great choice since they are visible on the water. However, your favorite Midge pattern should do the trick.

We don’t often nymph in Jackson Hole, but Spring is the time that most anglers will dig for their strike indicators. Skwala nymphs are becoming active, especially on bright, sunny days. #10-12 Tan/Brown Rubberlegs are a great point fly option. Red, Black, or Purple #16-20 Zebra Midges are excellent Midge patterns. In addition, #14-16 Black Copper Johns are consistent producers.

The Cutthroat in Jackson Hole are not known to be leader shy. Spring is no exception. Nine foot leaders tapered down to 4x are fine for dry fly fishing. Nymph rigs can be fished at 6-7  feet with 3x to the point fly and a 4x dropper off the bend of the hook.

Give us a call at 307-690-1139 to talk fly fishing in Jackson Hole. We are currently open from 8am – 6pm daily. We’d love to hear from you!

Jackson Hole Trout Unlimited meeting 12.11.12

Jackson Hole Trout Unlimited

The Jackson Hole chapter of Trout Unlimited met last night to hear a presentation on the latest improvements for Flat Creek.  Ryan Collier of Biota Research and Consulting spoke about improvements to be made over the next 3 years to the tune of $300,000. JH TU was involved in bank stabilization projects and an effort to increase stream velocity back in the 80’s.  The construction of the South Park ditch in the 60’s for irrigation purposes had left an inordinate amount of sediment in the stream that was slowing and widening the creek.  “You couldn’t go to Flat Creek without losing a set of hip waders back then”, stated Paul Bruun. The improvements from the 80’s served to move alot of sediment down through the Snake River system, but needed to be updated as bank tree revetments were no longer useful.  Longer riffles are needed to slow the Creek and reduce bank scouring from the increased velocities.  The National Elk Refuge is considering keeping winter Elk feeding from certain sections of the creek to promote Willow regrowth. Thousands of wintering Elk currently keep the native Willows from growing to more than a couple of inches in height. Also, Brook and Brown trout are taking up lies that won’t hold Snake River Cutthroat. WY Game and Fish removes these non-native trout via creek shocking every fall. Flat Creek is known to hold the largest Cutthroat in the valley already and is popular with dry fly enthusiasts for it’s challenging fly fishing.  Combine these efforts with those of the Teton County Conservation District to remove winter Frazil Ice and the recent removal of tons of sediment from behind the Rustic Inn, and the future looks bright for Flat Creek!