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 August 10th, 2018

Snake River

The Snake continues to fish well on just about every reach with the best action being from approximately 10am until 2:30pm. The morning hours prior to 10am are fishing better than the late afternoon hours when water temps are warming pretty fast and surface activity slows.  Take that with a grain of salt, however, because some afternoons are pretty solid.  The action after 4pm might not be good for the fish.

PMD emergences remain relatively strong in the morning and early afternoon hours. Caddis are still about in the morning until around 11am when they start to wane.  Terrestrials […]

By |August 9th, 2018|Fishing Reports|

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

Snake River

The Snake has turned on in a big way over the past two weeks with crystal clear water and descending water levels. Numbers to the boat can still be big most days, but we are now seeing many more 12” to 18” fish eating on and below the surface and 19-plus inch fish are beginning to show themselves.

The upper reaches in the Park and the mid-reaches from Moose down to South Park are offering surface action in a wide variety of water including riffles, bankside troughs, banks, structure, and side channel riffles. Seams and eddies have some action […]

By |July 31st, 2018|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Fly Fishing Report for July 21st, 2018

Snake River

With runoff over and visibility greatly increased, the Snake is starting to get really good below Pacific Creek. The upper reaches in Grand Teton National Park and mid-reaches from Moose down to South Park.  There is surface action primarily at the head of riffles, along banks with slower currents, and in seam current margins and side channels.  Most of this activity is coming on larger attractor patterns.  However, there are still a fair amount of yellow sallies, caddis, and PMDs around, so smaller, more imitative patterns will work in certain places and at certain times.

Nymphs are producing on […]

By |July 20th, 2018|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for July 11th, 2018

Snake River

The Snake is clearing fast and, while the tailwater reach below the dam is still offering the best fishing, the rest of the river is starting to produce with nymphs and noticeably better on dry flies.

Flows from the dam are at 2,600cfs and there are a ton of PMDs, caddis, and a fair number of yellow sallies and smaller golden stones. Dry fly action rules the day on the entire reach with the best production coming in eddies, seams, shallow riffles, and along banks (although eats can definitely occur several feet off of banks).  Nymphs are also working […]

By |July 10th, 2018|Fishing Reports|

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

Snake River

Releases from Jackson Lake have dropped to 3,000cfs and the tailwater reach is crystal clear and offering some of the best dry fly fishing in the area at the moment. PMDs and micro caddis are emerging along the entire length and blue-wings are out on those days with clouds and precipitation. You will also see a fair amount of golden stones (particularly above Pacific Creek) and yellow sallies. Eddies, riffles, and seams are fishing well with single and tandem dry rigs.  Getting a good drift will help big time.

Double nymph and dry-dropper rigs are working in the same […]

By |June 30th, 2018|Fishing Reports|

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 June 10th, 2018

Snake River

Flows from Jackson Lake Dam have dropped to 4,800cfs and the tailwater reach continues to gain clarity as lake turnover subsides. The fishing has vastly improved as well.  Still mostly nymphing on the upper reach above Cattleman’s with the best action in recirculating eddies and along seams and banks with moderate depths and currents.  Nine feet from line to trailer has been standard.  Going as short as six feet will work in obvious places.

Nymph rigs are working better below Cattleman’s than they have over the previous couple months. Nonetheless, streamers remain the best way to go.  Target banks, […]

By |June 10th, 2018|Fishing Reports|

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

Snake River

Flows from Jackson Lake Dam are at approximately 7,000cfs. We are still feeling the effects of lake turnover on the tailwater reach but it has cleared noticeably over the past few days and is much, much clearer than the rest of the Snake.  Nymphing is producing best on the upper reach above Cattleman’s.  Streamers are the way to go immediately below the Dam and from Cattleman’s down to the confluence with Pacific Creek.  Nymphing has been best in eddies and in riffles and side channel confluences.  Seven to nine feet of leader from line trailing fly has been […]

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for May 20th, 2018

Snake River

Same story as earlier this month of the Snake. With the River is full runoff, the tailwater reach from Jackson Lake Dam down to Pacific Creek is the place to be.  Flows are at 5,000cfs and the water remains substantially clearer than just about every other option in the area.  Still not a lot of surface activity, but the action on nymphs and streamers is good and getting better as water temperatures continue to warm into the mid-40s.

Eddies and riffle are providing the most production on nymph rigs. Most takes are occurring at the head of primary current […]

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for May 9th, 2018

Snake River

The Snake is in runoff but there is crystal clear water on the tailwater reach from Jackson Lake Dam to Pacific Creek, and this is the place to be. Water temps are still cool up there – topping out at 41 degrees most days – but this is more than enough to offer decent action most days.

Midges are on the surface and you will observe some surface feeding activity by trout on the upper half of this reach above Cattleman’s. It is sporadic at best.  Going subsurface with nymph rigs will produce more action.  Double nymph rigs are […]