Boots Allen

About Boots Allen

Boots Allen is a third generation fishing guide whose family has significantly contributed to the development of the fly fishing industry in Wyoming since the 1920s. He began guiding for his father and uncle while still in high school and recently completed his 23nd season of guiding on the waters of Wyoming and Idaho. Boots has penned a variety of articles for national fly fishing magazines, is the author of three books on fly fishing, co-produced conservation films for Jah Trout Productions, and has been a featured personality in regional and national television programs.

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for April 22nd, 2019

Snake River

Surface water temps are hitting 48 degrees and this means that skwalas are starting to come out in a big way. The down side is that flow from Jackson Lake Dam are ramping up and currently stand at 2,100cfs..  Tributaries are on the rise as well. We are not in full runoff yet but it will be happening soon. Nonetheless, if you hit the right water at the right time – roughly noon to 5pm – the surface action with moderately sized attractors can be more than respectable.  There is around three feet of visibility.  That will probably […]

By |April 21st, 2019|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for April 10th, 2019

Snake River

Warmer temps and some low elevation precipitation over the past couple of weeks in the Jackson Hole area is helping to add some diversity to the surface action on the Snake. We still have Capnias and midges emerging.  With the current weather, however, we are starting to see more blue-winged olives on the surface, particularly in the early to mid-afternoon hours.  At times it can occur as early as 11am.  Slow water types are still prime targets, but riffles and seams are starting to become just as important.  Shallow riffles with depths in the two foot range can […]

By |April 9th, 2019|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for March 29th, 2019

Snake River

Still a midge fest on the Snake but Capnias are worth considering and can outperform chironomid imitations in the mid-afternoon hours. Most of the surface action starts around 10:30am and lasts until around 2:30pm.  Most of it is also occurring in slower water types, especially riffle tailouts and side channels with moderate depths and minimal currents.  Capnias can also work when fished along riffle current margins and the inside turns on riffles.  Whether fishing top-water or nymph imitations, eats have been brutally slow.  Take this into account when setting the hook.

Streamer fishing continues to improve with the best […]

By |March 29th, 2019|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for March 16th, 2019

Snake River

Continued warming trend in the area is getting fish to the surface as they feed on stronger hatches of both midges and Capnia stoneflies.  Most of this activity in occurring in slow water channels with decent depths and at the tail and margins of riffles.  Midges emergers are working best.  Low-in-the-film winter stonefly imitations (#16 to #18) are a close second.

Double nymphs rigs continue to work best in the same water as top water patterns and on the margin of seams as well.  Go with about six feet of leader at most from line to trailing flies.  Shortening […]

By |March 15th, 2019|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for March 5th, 2019

Snake River

Lots of snow in the valley over the past two week is making access to the river a bit of the work. Take snowshoes or skis if you have them.

Pretty warm temps are sparking some good chironomid emergences and more Capnias are about as well.  This is not automatically sparking intense feeding, but it is happening when the fish feel up to it.  Most of this is occurring at the tail of riffle pools and in deeper side channels with minimal current.  Nymphing still remains the most consistent way to go and are producing in the same water.  […]

By |March 4th, 2019|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for February 19th, 2019

Snake River

Variable weather over the past two week with some cooler days in the 20s and some warmer ones in the mid to high 30s. The warmer days have brought out the midges in consistent fashion from approximately noon until around 4pm.  Surface action is still best slow current channel with several feet of depth and at the seam edges where these channels joins main channel currents.  Nymphing is good in the same water and at the mid and tail of slow current riffles.

Streamer fishing has been picking up in slower water types like those described above. Floating lines, […]

By |February 18th, 2019|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for February 4th, 2019

Snake River

The sole focus on the Snake at the moment tends to be slower backwater channels with minimal currents. This is where the action is, and it is primarily on midge larva/pupa patterns.  Lightly weighted double nymph rigs with five to six feet of leader are working best.  Takes have been slow, so be on your toes.

A noticeable uptick in surface action on warmer days is also occurring in the same water. Once again, takes are slow, so be on the ball and set quick but lightly.

Small streamers continue to produce in respectable fashion in slow currents. Go with […]

By |February 4th, 2019|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for January 19th, 2019

Snake River

Productivity on the Snake is squeezed squarely in a six hour time period from about 10:30am to 4:30 pm, with noon to about 3:30pm being the hotspot. Top water action is in slow current areas, primarily the inside turn of riffles and seam margins in side channels with minimal currents.  This is at best a two hour proposition.  Better action is coming below the surface in the same water but also on riffle current margins and tailouts.  Go with chironomid imitations and larger nymph attractors.  Don’t expect a ton of action, but there can be some consistency from […]

By |January 19th, 2019|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for January 3rd, 2019

Snake River

A bit of a cold spell to start off 2019. As such, most of the action is happening later in the day.  No reason to get started any earlier than 10am.  Noon is best some days.  The whitefish spawn has completely come to an end, which means that fishing long, slow riffle pools isn’t in the cards as much as it has been.  Instead, the best targets are slow current side channels with significant volume, eddies, and seams at the edge of current-less side channels. These are fishing best with chironomid larva/pupa imitations.  Larger, soft hackle bugs can […]

By |January 3rd, 2019|Fishing Reports|

2018 Year in Review

With 2019 just a couple of days away, this weekend seems as good of a time as any to reflect on how things were in Wydaho this past year.  For sure it was a solid year, but by no means was it great from a fly fishing standpoint.  We definitely had some fun fishing and there were several spectacular days.  Nonetheless, I would rate the fishing as good, not necessarily out-of -this-world.  Here are some thoughts –

A Pretty Solid Winter for Streamers and Top Water

Our winters are getting warmer.  All the stats say so.  I would expect the nymphing to […]

By |December 29th, 2018|Fishing Reports|