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 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 […]

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|