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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 June 20th, 2018

Snake River

Flows from Jackson Lake Dam have dropped to 3,100cfs and there is a world of difference in terms of action on the tailwater section below Jackson Lake Dam. Sure, we were getting into decent fishing prior to the drop, but there is a totally noticeable uptick in production now, especially on the upper reach above Cattleman’s.

Top water action has picked up significantly, especially on days with cloud cover and a little precipitation as blue-winged olives and PMDs emerge. This is mostly happening on the lower section from Cattleman’s down to Pacific Creek.  Target eddies, banks and structure.  It […]

By |June 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|

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

Snake River

Warmer temps the past two week has kicked off spring in a good way for the Snake. Still a lot of midges around but a lot more Capnias and more consistent emergences of blue-winged olives in the afternoon regardless of cloud cover and precipitation.

Dry fly fishing has been best from about 11am until around 4pm. The most consistency is still found in slower margin of seams and in eddies and back channels with some degree of inflow from upstream.  However, there is more action now in the shallow inside turns of riffles and in riffle margins and tailouts, […]

By |March 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for March 2nd, 2018

Snake River
Variable air temperatures again over the past month but when it has been warm (35 degrees-plus, particularly the first half of the month) fishing has been decent on the surface and better than decent below the surface on nymphs and streamers.  Midges continue to dominate the scene with afternoon top water feeding occurring along riffle margins, riffle tailouts, the tail of seams, and in eddies.  These are good place to fish both midge adults/emergers, and larva or pupa imitations.
Just within the past few days we have started to see our first winter stones of the year.  By no […]

By |March 1st, 2018|Fishing Reports, Uncategorized|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for October 11th, 2017

Snake River

Releases from Jackson Lake Dam are at 900cfs. 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.

Action […]

By |October 10th, 2017|Fishing Reports, Uncategorized|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for September 17th, 2017

Snake River

It is mid-September and, as good as the fishing has been since runoff subsided, it is getting even better and should continue to do so over the next several weeks. Autumn is the time to be on the Snake.

Claassenia emergences and grasshopper sightings are waning noticeably, yet foam attractors and hopper patterns continue to produce well, even on those days when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Target banks, structure, bankside troughs, and – in the afternoon – riffle pools and seams with your imitations to reap the benefits of these continuing hatches. Movement of these patterns with twitches and […]

By |September 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for August 18th, 2017

Snake River

The Snake is in great form for dry fly action and we are finding larger fish on just about every section and reach. Claassenia and PMDs are on the water.  Wetter days will produce thick emergening in the afternoon of the latter.  There is also a smattering of BWOs and our first mahogany duns of the season of these wet days as well.  You may see caddis in the dawn to late morning hours, particularly on the lower reaches from Astoria down to Sheep Gulch.  Grasshoppers and carpenter ants are also present from mid-morning until late afternoon on […]

By |August 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for August 10th, 2017

Snake River

Flows are at average for this time of the year on the upper reaches and is only around 10-12% above average on the lower reaches. What is more, the Snake is pretty much crystal clear.  Don’t expect a lot of hatches.  PMDs are the primary aquatic insect and caddis are about in the morning.  You will find a plethora of crane flies on certain sections of the river.  Grasshoppers seem to be everywhere and we are starting to see our first Claassenia stones on the water. No what you see, stay on the surface if you want.  Dry […]

By |August 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for August 3rd, 2017

Snake River

It is a rare, if not historic, occasion when the Snake River is fishing on the surface before our fabled South Fork. This year, that is indeed what is happening.  The Snake is for the most part crystal clear and continues to drop by the day.  And the top water action keeps getting better.

Currently the reaches offering the best fishing are from Jackson Lake Dam down to Deadman’s Bar, Wilson to South Park, and from Astoria down to Sheep Gulch. The largest fish are being caught on the surface from the Dam down to Deadman’s Bar and from […]

By |August 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for July 26th, 2017

Snake River

Flows are receding and the river is clear and starting to hits its stride. Still not totally on but it’s getting better by the week.  Actually, by the day.  Hatches are waning a bit and this is a good time to go with larger attractors that get into opportunistic feeders.  The reach from Jackson Lake Dam down past the Osprey Channel below the Buffalo Fork is offering the best dry fly fishing in riffles, seams, and along banks and structure.  Nymphing is the way to go from this point down until Moose Bridge. Target the same water, but […]

By |July 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|