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 December 16th, 2018

Snake River

Very much the same story on the Snake as it was at the beginning of the month – mostly midges on the surface and below with some action on roe patterns as the whitefish spawn begins to wane (or at least we think it is waning). The best water to target at the moment is slower current margins along eddies and seams.  There is also more trout beginning to hold in no-current water in back channels and the mouth of side channels.  The vast majority of activity is on lightly weighted nymphs, of course, although there can be […]

By |December 15th, 2018|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for December 1st, 2018

Snake River

We are in full-on winter fishing now. Over the past week and half, the majority of productive fishing has been with midge larva and pupa imitations on the margin of seams, the current margin of riffles, and the tail of riffle pools (basically, target slower water types at the edge of faster current).  Egg patterns are also worth fishing in the same water, as we are probably dead center of the whitefish spawn at the moment.

Surface action is not going to be there every day in a consistent fashion. When it is there, it will be squeezed into […]

By |November 30th, 2018|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for November 15th, 2018

Snake River

Cutties have moved into their winter lies for the most part – primarily backwater channels, large eddies, and deeper riffle pools with moderate current speeds. Nonetheless, there still are a fair amount of fish holding in typical summer and autumn water such as seams, riffles and bankside troughs.  The action in the former is starting around noon-ish, while the latter might not turn on until around 2pm or later.  Both are worth hitting if you time it right.

Chironomids are the name of the game for the most part. Any BWO activity is sporadic and it takes having an […]

By |November 15th, 2018|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for October 27th, 2018

Snake River

As it has been most of October, the best fishing is being found on the lower reaches from Moose Bridge down to Sheep Gulch. BWOs are what you’ll see. Mahogany duns will be just as important some days.  October caddis will be seen from time to time as well.  Dry fly fishing has been solid but is squarely in the afternoon from about 2pm until 5pm in riffles, riffle pools, seams, bankside troughs, and along banks and structure with slow currents and shallow to moderate depths.  Prior to 2pm, getting into grabby fish is possible in riffle pools, […]

By |October 27th, 2018|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for October 19th, 2018

Snake River

There is much more concentration of trout in prime holding water types than there was a week and a half ago. Riffles, seams, side channels, banks, and bankside troughs are the key targets, especially on the lower river from Wilson Bridge down to Sheep Gulch.  Banks with moderate currents can offer trout holding up to three feet from submerged structure.  Mahogany duns, PMDs, October caddis, and blue-winged olives are the primary bugs on the water at the moment, with mahoganies and blue-wings being most prevalent on cloudy and wet days (although blue-wings dominate the scene no matter what […]

By |October 18th, 2018|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for October 10th, 2018

Snake River

Winter flows from Jackson Lake dam are now stable and the fishing has had a noticeable uptick since a week and a half ago. Nonetheless, there is still a fair amount of variability regarding time-of-day action.  Some days it seems to be squarely during the morning/early hours from approximately 9:30am until 1:30pm (especially on the lower river from Astoria down to Sheep Gulch).  Other days, the action is around 11am until well after 3:30pm.  No matter when the sweet spot is, the most productive reaches have been on the lower sections from Wilson Bridge down to Sheep Gulch.

PMDs […]

By |October 9th, 2018|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for September 30th, 2018

Snake River

Flows from Jackson Lake Dam are down to 741cfs and the Snake is beginning to get in shape for late autumn fishing. Most of the action is now shifting downstream, with the more consistent production occurring from Wilson Bridge down to Sheep Gulch. Claassenia stoneflies and grasshoppers are starting to wane noticeably.  However, PMDs are still about and we are starting to see the most mahogany duns so far this season.  October caddis are also starting to appear in bits and pieces.  And don’t be surprised to see a few Hecubas as well.

The best top-water action is occurring […]

By |September 30th, 2018|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for September 23rd, 2018

Snake River

A bit of a feeling of staleness a week ago for the Snake, but since then cooler temperatures, with highs topping out in the upper 60s – have moved in. This has set the Snake on the right track for some good fishing to close out the month.  Nonetheless, nothing is easy this year and you will still have to work for your fish.  It’s not the typical September.  Being focused will help a lot.

The best action has been on the lower reaches from Wilson Bridge down to Sheep Gulch. There a still a smattering of Claassenia stoneflies […]

By |September 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for September 17th, 2018

Snake River

September is generally recognized as one of the best months to fish the Snake and this year is no disappointment. However, there are slower days from time to time on the upper reaches from Jackson Lake Dam down to Wilson Bridge.  More consistent fishing is being found from Wilson down to Sheep Gulch, which is par for course this time of year.

Claassenia stoneflies are still emergering, as are Hecubas and PMDs. You will also find a fair amount of grasshopper continuing to make racket along the banks.  Surface patterns are working throughout the day along banks and structure.  […]

By |September 16th, 2018|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for September 3rd, 2018

Snake River

The Snake is fishing well on every reach, but there is some inconsistency from day to day. One bigger change that has happened compared to the past month or so is that the action is occurring a little later in the day.  There is OK fishing in the morning with better action happening from around 10:30 am and continuing until about 5pm, after which action slows a bit.

PMDs dominate the scene. Claassenia stones are emerging everywhere.  Grasshoppers are also prevalent in the afternoon.  To top all of this off, our first Hecubas and mahogany duns of the season […]

By |September 3rd, 2018|Fishing Reports|