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 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|

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

Snake River

The Snake is dropping and clearing by the day and there is more fishing to be had on more reaches than we have had since runoff began. We are still a ways from being totally there, but we are getting closer by the day.

Dam to Pacific is crystal clear and fishing well with dry flies and dry-dropper rigs in seams and eddies and on banks with slower currents (including well off the banks). Double nymph rigs can also produce in the same water.  Keep the length from indicator to trailing fly in the six to seven feet length […]

By |July 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

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

Snake River

The Snake is dropping and clearing and there can be fish caught on streamers and nymphs fished deep and heavy of most reaches above the confluence of the Hoback. There is also decent dry fly action at clear tributary confluences.  Nonetheless, the best fishing is still found on the tailwater reach below Jackson Lake Dam where flows are at 4200cfs and the water is damn near crystal clear.  Lots of bugs on the water – caddis, yellow sallies, gray drakes, acroneuria golden stones, and especially infrequen PMDs.  Surface activity is solid and most prevalent in eddies, riffles, and […]

By |July 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for July 1st 2017

Snake River

All the tributaries are receding and the Snake below Pacific Creek is going to be fishing sooner than it is later. Many of us picked.  The 1st of August as the date the Snake would start fishing.  It now might be mid-July.

At the moment, the tailwater reach from Jackson Lake Dam down to Pacific Creek remains the best fishing place to be on the Snake. Releases from Jackson Lake Dam have been reduced to 3000cfs and lake turnover is for the most part over, which means this section is damn close to crystal clear.  What is more, the […]

By |June 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|

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

Snake River

The tailwater reach from Jackson Lake Dam (flows currently at 3,700cfs) has cleared noticeably from two weeks ago when lake turnover occurred. We were still getting into fish during the turnover period and action should pick up even more over the coming weeks. And we are starting to see a lot more bugs, including infrequen PMDs, caddis, smaller stoneflies, and bwos (the later especially on those days with cooler, wetter weather).  There are also callibaetis appearing from the dam down to Cattlemans.  As a result, more fish are starting to eat on the surface on just about every […]

By |June 19th, 2017|Fishing Reports|

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

Snake River

Flows from Jackson Lake Dam increased to 5,000 and the lake went into turnover on June 6th, turning the tailwater reach off-color.  As a result, fishing requires a bit more concentration below the dam.  Fish have acclimated to the higher flows and this part of the river is starting to clear to its  pre-June 2nd levels.  Fishing is still best with double nymph rigs fished along seams, eddies, and deep riffles.  The lower reach below Cattlemans is producing with streamers fished along banks and structure.  Expect fishing to continue to improve over the next week.  Remember that this […]

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

Snake River

The tailwater reach below Jackson Lake is the only game in town on the Snake. Clarity is good and flows from the dam are at 2400cfs.  Nymphs continue to work well on the upper piece of this section of river as part of a double nymph rig or a dry dropper fished on seams and in eddy pools.  Streamers are working best from Cattlemans down to Pacific Creek.  Moderate sized streamers on floating, hover, or intermediate sinking line, or 3 to 6 ips tips have been the most productive tackle.  Go with rapid retrieves and six to twelve […]