Fishing Report

Get up-to-date fly fishing information on the river flows in the Jackson Hole area provided by the people who are out there in them all the time!

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for January 16th, 2018

Snake River
Same story as we have had for the past month – variable temps with some chilly days and other days well into the 40s. There has been very little by way of ice flow on the river and even slow eddies and dead water back channels have been free of ice the vast majority of days.
Recirculating eddies with slow currents as well as slow water seams and the current margin of riffle tailouts have been the place to be with midge imitations. Most of the action is starting around 12pm, but this can vary from day-to-day based on […]

By |January 15th, 2018|Fishing Reports|

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

Snake River

Variable weather over the past two weeks with some days in the mid-40s and a few chilly days here and there. However, there has been little by way of overnight lows below zero.  This means we have had almost no ice flow on the river.  The few times that it has happened it has melted off by 2pm generally.  All this adds up to open water just about everywhere.

Much of the fishing at the moment is nymphing with chironomid imitations doubled up with small-ish attractor nymphs (Princes, Lightening Bugs, Pheasant Tails, etc.). We have been targeting the slow […]

By |December 31st, 2017|Fishing Reports|

2018 Re-Cap

It has been a fun year at Snake River Angler.  We had lots of water to play with and good fishing just about everywhere once the runoff settled down.  Here are a few things that stood out on our water in 2017 –

Where did the mud go?

Going into April, most of us were sure that we were looking at something similar to 2011. That year, we the Snake did clear until the second week of August and the Green ran high clear through July.  The 2017 climate forecast had April, May, and June predicted to be colder and wetter […]

By |December 24th, 2017|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for December 16th, 2017

Snake River

Strange that we are getting deeper in winter and the dry fly fishing on the Snake is better than it has been over the previous three weeks. Much of this is due to the warmer than average temperatures that we are experiencing. There are no blue-winged olives to speak of, but midges come out in force at around 12pm and build in intensity until around 3pm when things begin to wane.  Don’t expect to hit any riffle or seam or eddy and find fish on the surface.  Search for water with active top water feeding and then stay […]

By |December 15th, 2017|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for December 1st, 2017

Snake River

Cooler temps in Snake River country but we are still getting many days in the upper 30s to upper 40s and a respectable amount of surface action in the afternoon on midge and blue-winged olive imitations. Slow water targets at the margin, tailout, and inside head of riffles are the prime water types to hit.  There is also decent activity in eddies and side channel confluences, although not as consistent as you will find in the vicinity of riffles.

Double nymph rigs and dry-droppers can produce throughout the day, although the activity is definitely better in the afternoon. Chironomid […]

By |November 30th, 2017|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for November 15th, 2017

Snake River

Much cooler weather during these first two weeks of November with air temps in the 35 to 45 degree range almost each day. The result has been good fishing on the Snake with streamers throughout the day and dry flies – primarily midges and blue-winged olives – in the afternoon hours from about 12 pm to 5 pm.

Streamer fishing has been best on the reaches from Moose Bridge down to South Park Bridge and in the Canyon from West Table to Sheep Gulch. Target slower water like riffle pools and tailouts, seams, and banks that offer slow currents.  […]

By |November 14th, 2017|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for October 31st, 2017

Snake River

Dry fly fishing on the Snake has been excellent on the lower reaches from Moose Bridge down to Sheep Gulch with tour rising to blue-winged olives, PMDs, and mahogany dun imitations during the afternoon hours. Riffles, seams, eddies and submerged structure are the prime targets.  Actions starts around noon and intensifies until 5pm or 6pm.  Takes have been fairly slow, so slow down on your hook set.  Tandem rigs – dun trailed by an emerger –  are working best, but you will notice that there will be noticeably more action on dun patterns as the day progresses.  That […]

By |October 30th, 2017|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for October 20th, 2017

Snake River

The Snake is in prime October form with both stream levels and bugs on the water, which include PMDs, mahogany duns, blue-winged olives and caddis.  Most of the surface action is starting around noon and lasts into the early evening hours.  Prior to this grabby fish can be had on dry-dropper rigs.Most days are producing good to great action, but there will be slower days here-and-there as well.

The middle sections from Moose down to South Park Bridge are producing best, with the lower reaches in the Canyon from South Park down to Sheep Gulch a close second. Riffles, […]

By |October 19th, 2017|Fishing Reports|

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 […]

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for October 2nd, 2017

Snake River

Fishing continues to be solid on the Snake as it typically is this time of year with continuing hatches of Hecubas, mahogany duns, October caddis, infrequen PMDs, and blue-winged olives.  It is a true smorgasbord on most days, but expect mahogany duns and blue-wings to dominate the scene on colder and wetter days.

Hatches and surface action are best from about 10am until 4pm, with the afternoon hours from 11:30am to 3pm being the sweet spot. Target riffles, flats, the tail of seams, bankside troughs, and (especially) side channels.  Refusals are becoming a bit more common, so be […]

By |October 1st, 2017|Fishing Reports|