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 20th, 2017

Snake River

Runoff continues and the tailwater reach from Jackson Lake Dam down to Pacific Creek remains the section of the Snake with most substantial clarity. Still not a lot of surface action despite good hatches of midges, but there is decent action on nymphs and some good stuff on streamers.  Target your nymphs in deep channel troughs and eddy seams.  Streamers are working best on the lower part of this tailwater reach but can get action higher up towards the dam.  Target banks, structure and seams with hover lines, intermediate sinking lines, and 3ips tips.  Vary your retrieves, but […]

By |May 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Snake River Angler Fly fishing Report for May 12th, 2017

Snake River

It was a fun and fast run over the past three weeks with skwala and caddis emergences, but it is safe to say that the Snake is in full runoff, probably starting the afternoon of May 6th.  Spring creek mouths from Deadman’s Bar down to South Park Bridge still offers action with caddis and skwala imitations as well as streamers.  This will require posting up and concentrating on this water for an hour or so.  This can be worth it most days.  Keep in mind that the creeks themselves are still closed to fishing until later in the […]

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for May 3rd, 2017

Snake River

Flows have been coming down from Jackson Lake Dam and currently stand at just over 2000cfs. Cool weather over the past week is giving way to much warmer temps for the next couple of weeks (valley floor highs in the mid-50s to upper 60s).  The river has serious clarity for this time of year.

Skwalas were fewer and further between over the past week but trout were still rising to both naturals and imitations in all the typically water you usually target. Expect to see a lot more naturals out with the warm temps (both air and water) that […]

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for April 24th, 2017

Snake River

Variable weather over the past week, but with pretty stable temperatures in the 50s and some days in the 60s. As a result water temperatures have been getting into the upper 40s on the lower river below Moose Bridge.  We are now starting to see our first skwalas of the season (some days in impressive numbers).  This is allowing fly fishers to use larger attractors with success along banks and structure, seams, the inside turns of riffles, and at the current margin of riffle pools.  Blue-winged olive imitations are producing on most days in riffles and riffle pools […]

By |April 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for April 15th 2017

Snake River

Flows have been steady at 3,500 cfs for over two weeks now and clarity is very good. Fishing on the Snake is almost a carbon copy of what it was 10 days ago.  The best fishing has been in slower runs and current margins at the mid-section and tail of riffles, seams, and confluence lines with double nymph rigs.  Water temps are still chilly but have improved a couple of degrees in the past week and a half.  Some days water temps are surpassing 45 degrees.  This has allowed for more surface action with midge and BWO imitations.  […]

By |April 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for April 3rd 2017

Snake River

Flows from Jackson Lake Dam have been steady at 3,500 cfs for a solid week now, and the Snake is showing signs of its typical early spring clarity. It’s certainly not crystal clear, but it has improved from what it was a week and a half ago.  Without question, the best fishing has been in slower runs and current margins at the mid-section and tail of riffles, seams, and confluence lines with double nymph rigs.  Dry flies imitations of blue-winged olives and midges will work in the same water, but that action is far more spotty. Surface feedin […]

By |April 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for March 26th, 2017

Snake River

Flows from Jackson Lake Dam are currently at 3,000cfs. This is definitely the highest I can remember seeing flows this early in the season.  We were dealing mostly with streamers a week and a half ago as fish continued to acclimate to higher water.  That acclimation has, for the most part taken place.  A little by little, more fish are being caught on dries and nymphs, thanks in large part to increasing water temps in response to warming air temperatures.  But it is still sporadic an takes targeting the right water at the right time.  Streamers will take […]

By |March 25th, 2017|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for March 6th, 2017

Snake River

Daytime temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s has produced very comfortable fishing as well as some of the best action on the water of the year so far. A variety of nymphs are producing in riffles, riffle pools, seams, and bankside troughs.  This includes everything from larger stonefly imitations to smaller chironomid patterns.  It’s still almost exclusively midges on the water, but little black stones and little brown stones should be right around the corner.

We are starting to see more fish eating midge adults and emergers on the surface. This is happening primarily at the current […]

By |March 5th, 2017|Fishing Reports|

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

Snake River

More variable weather in the Snake River area over the past two weeks. Some days have been in the mid-40s, while others have been in the low 30s.  Either way, fishing has been much more comfortable, and better, than it was in December and January.  Riffle, riffle pools, and seams have come on strong with a variety of nymphs; including smaller stonefly imitations, blue-winged olive patterns, and chironomids.  You do not need to fish too deep.  Generally six feet from the line-leader joint to the trailing fly is all you need to go.

There is some dry fly action […]

By |February 20th, 2017|Fishing Reports|

Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for February 5th, 2017

Finally some warm (or warmer) weather in the area. This past December and January were colder than average for sure.  I counted 27 days since December 1st where the overnight low was below zero.  Over the past five years, we have average 11 days below zero for the entire winter.  The main impact on our fishing has been significant ice flows (primarily on the Snake.  A little bit on the South Fork).  The extended forecast calls for February to be noticeably warmer.  That could spell good things for those of you getting out on the water with rod in […]

By |February 4th, 2017|Fishing Reports|