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!