After a very wet spring that seemed like it would never end, we have finally reached the summer fly fishing season! All the local Jackson Hole streams and rivers have finally subsided and cleared and are fishing well. Backcountry Creeks There are numerous small creeks worth of fly fishing in the Jackson Hole area. These are the first fishable waters besides any lakes in the area after runoff. These creeks require some effort to get to, but are well worth it! The fly fishing on these creeks really took off last week and cutthroat began eating dry flies off the surface. Best flies were #12 Parachute Adams, #12 Yellow PMX, #14 Yellow Humpy, #10-12 Yellow Turck’s Tarantula. Fish in these creeks average 8-12″ with some “surprises” to 18″. Rarely you see another angler…. Snake River Fly fishing on the lower Snake River turned on last week as well, although spin fishing produced the highest numbers of fish. Below South Park Bridge is the place to be floating currently. Cutthroat can be found in the riffles on inside turns, in the side channels, and in any back eddies. Best flies have been #8-12 Chubby Chernobyls, #10-12 Parachute Adams, #10-12 Flashback PT’s, #8-12 Rubberlegs, and flashy Caddis or Yellow Sally nymphs. The BuRec has said they will not work on Jackson Lake Dam this fall and won’t have to run higher than average releases this summer to do so. Flows out of the dam are at 2370 cfs and will be held around 2000 cfs for the summer. This should mean for great flyfishing all summer long!
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