Plan Your Trip

Here you will find answers to questions that we often get asked before folks book their trip. This is focused more on the details of our individual trips. If you’re looking for information on when to visit or what fishing is like during a specific month, visit our Fishing Trip Timing page. Or, feel free to call or email us from the links above.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

We're new to fly fishing, is this trip for us?

Absolutely! Our guides are patient instructors that will spend the time to teach you how to fly fish or improve your game if you’ve reached a plateau in your skillset.

Do you take young kids?

Yes! We love to show the next generation the joy and peace of fly fishing. Our minimum age is 4 years old.

Can you take 3 people in a boat?

We can take 3 people in one boat for a nominal fee. This works well for small families – Mom, Dad, and child. Three full grown men will need two boats. Only 2 anglers can fish at one time from the boat.

Are there weight restrictions?

Combined weight (2 or 3 anglers) cannot exceed 500 lbs. 

Do you spin fish?

We do some traditional rod and reel fishing, especially on our lake trips. Honestly, our guides are going to want to teach you to how to fly fish since Jackson Hole is one of the best places to learn.

What do we wear?

We suggest dressing in layers. Bring a light fleece/rain jacket that you can shed as the day warms up. Summertime temperatures typically are 75-85 degrees, sunny and not a cloud in sight.

Wear shoes that you don’t mind getting wet, sandals, sneakers, or even hiking shoes are good choices. 

What happens if it rains?

We still go fishing! It rarely rains all day, typically we have quick moving showers.  A light rain jacket is usually plenty to have on hand. During Spring (April – mid June) and Fall (September – mid November), we can provide waders and boots to help keep you dry.

If it does look like it’s going to rain all day, we will look to reschedule based on availability. These decisions are made the morning of the trip.

Can I bring my camera?

Yes! We suggest bringing a small backpack (preferably waterproof) to store it in when not in use. There is dry storage under the seats the boat for cameras, phones, wallets, or extra layers.

What is your cancellation policy?

All Fish the Fly Activities will require a 50% Deposit at the time of booking.  This deposit is refundable up to 72 hours prior to the booking, less 20% of the trip total for an administrative fee.  If cancellations are made within the 72 hour period, then the 50% deposit will be forfeited.  Cancellations made within 24 hours of the activity forfeits the entire cost of the trip. This Cancellation Policy only applies to trips booked directly with Fish the Fly LLC, not to trips booked through a third party.

Are food and drinks provided?

Lunches are provided on full day trips and light snacks (fruit or granola bars) for half days. We can accommodate special dietary needs with advance notice. Waters or sodas are provided. We will not provide any alcoholic beverages, but you may bring your own.

Where will we meet for our day?

At the time of booking, we will decide on the best meeting location. Your guide will call or text you the evening prior  to your trip ( approximately 5-6pm) to confirm pickup time and location or any other last minute details. If you do not have a rental car, we can pick you up. For guests with a rental car, we appreciate meeting at designated locations as some hotels and neighborhoods are tight for the guide to drive their boat through.

How long is the trip?

Full day trips on the Snake River are approximately 7-8 hours round trip from the town of Jackson. Backcountry, Green, New Fork, or Salt Rivers are typically longer due to drive time. It just depends on how far you go!

What about restrooms?

There are bathrooms at the put in and take out for any of our float fishing trips, full or half day. 

Where will we fish?

Which body of water we fish depends on the time of year and conditions, i.e weather, runoff, and flows. Each year varies slightly. The previous Winter’s snowfall determines a lot of where we go and when.

  • Snake River float: March 17 – early May, late June – mid November
  • Snake River walk wade – Mid November- March 15
  • Green or New Fork Rivers – late April – mid November
  • Lewis Lake: May 25th – June 30th, late September – October 31st
  • Firehole River – Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend – June 15th, October
  • Salt River: late June – early November
  • Backcountry Creeks and Lakes – late June – September
How do I get a fishing license?

You will need a fishing license for all of our guided fishing trips. In the state of Wyoming, everyone 14 yrs old and up is required to have a license – https://wgfapps.wyo.gov/elso/ELSOWelcome2.aspx

Yellowstone National Park has their own fishing license. Only purchase this is if your fishing trip will take place in Yellowstone – https://www.recreation.gov/activitypass/08486201-71ff-11eb-90d3-9eb840e09acc

You will not need a Wyoming license in addition to your Yellowstone license unless you also plan to fish outside of the Park. Once you book your fishing trip with us, you will receive a confirmation email that contains a link to purchase the appropriate fishing license online.

What is an appropriate tip for our guide?

Our guides are appreciative of any gratuity that you give for their hard work! Our guides work as independent contractors, which means they use their own vehicle, boat, and fishing gear. We suggest to tip as you would in a restaurant, typically 20% of trip cost is the norm, but feel free to do whatever feels best for you.