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 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 […]

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

Snake River

A good, solid week of fishing the skwala hatch has past and the Snake is officially in runoff. The best fishing now is on the tailwater reach below Jackson Lake Dam where the water is crystal clear and flows are actually in a sweet spot – 3,000 cfs – that we don’t usually get to see until the final week of May. Water temps are still cool up there – topping out at about 40 degrees –  so you still have to work for your fish.  But the fish are there.

Streamers have been the most consistent thing going. […]

By |April 30th, 2018|Fishing Reports|

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

Snake River

Flows from Jackson Lake Dam at approximately 2,500cfs. Lot of water but there is substantial clarity.  The Snake is fishing best on the lower reaches from Moose Bridge down to Sheep Gulch.  Dry fly action is squarely in the late afternoon hours, primarily with BWO and midge imitations.  It is almost exclusively midges on the water but skwalas are just around the corner and should be appearing this week.  However, with high flows from Jackson Lake Dam, skwalas might be delayed.  Hard to say at this moment as flows for this time of year are kind of unprecedented. […]

By |April 15th, 2018|Fishing Reports|

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 16th, 2018

Snake River

The March warm up is officially underway. Temperatures over the past week have been in the mid-40s just about every day.  This is making for some very comfortable fishing.

The main bugs on the water have been midges and Capnia stoneflies, both of which you will find on the surface during the afternoon hours.  Midges, in fact, are everywhere and can carpet the water and the banks in many places.  Fishing has been most productive in riffle pools and riffle margins, shallow inside turn of riffles, and on seams.  There is also brief (one to one-and-a-half hours) of feeding […]

By |March 15th, 2018|Fishing Reports|

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 […]