How We’re Handling Covid

At Grand Fishing Adventures, we hold our guest and staff safety to the highest standards in the industry. We pride ourselves in putting each of our guides through an intensive, 16-hour Wilderness First Aid course every two years, when basic first aid and CPR are the only required certifications from our permitting agencies. We also require our guides to hold a Swift-water Rescue certification. This year, however, river safety is not the only concern.

In so many ways, COVID-19 has affected the way we all go about our lives, including how we travel and enjoy the outdoors. As businesses open up again, we all need to continue to do our part to stave off the threat of infection spreading. At Grand Fishing, we believe it is possible to safely run fishing trips while doing so. In light of COVID-19, we’ve introduced new protocols to keep our guests, guides and staff safe and healthy.

  • Within 24 hours of the trip date, our staff will reach out to guests and ask several questions about their current health and risk of exposure to COVID-19. If it is determined that a guest is unwell or has had recent exposure to the illness, they will be asked to re-book for a later date. Guides will be held to the same standards.
  • Guides will stagger meet times to avoid more than one group in our shop at a time.
  • Guests will have the option to pre-print their fishing licenses to avoid going into the shop, if that is preferred.
  • If guides meet their guests at a hotel or rental house, we will ask they meet outside in the parking lot.
  • Guides will wipe their vehicles with disinfectant each day, just before guests enter their vehicle. Guests and guides will be asked to wear face masks when traveling in guide vehicles, and if guests prefer to drive their own vehicle, arrangements can be made to have their car shuttled to the takeout.
  • Guides will disinfect all hard surfaces in their boat between each guest.
  • If guests wish to use a guide’s fly rod, the handle will be wrapped in cellophane to make it easier to disinfect.
  • All lunches are prepared by The Aspens Market, which has been open throughout the pandemic, following CDC guidelines for food preparation.  Guides will not handle lunches, except to hand to the guests and all snacks will come pre-wrapped.

At Grand Fishing Adventures, we recognize the COVID-19 situation is ever-changing as new information comes to light. We are committed to staying informed throughout the summer season and will adapt our protocols based on changing conditions. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

 

The trout are hungry…get out there!

The Snake has cleared and the fish are looking up. A variety of foam flies have been attracting nice fish, with both grasshopper and stonefly patterns working well. For a sure-fire combo, throw a dropper under that foam.  Riffles, banks, and drop-offs have all been holding fish.

The creeks on the ranch are on fire! Big fish are eating dry flies and it’s a great way to spend the day wading in the Tetons.

Two beautiful cuttys.

It’s time! Summer fishing on the Snake.

GFA guide with a nice cutthroat.

Summer is here, and the Snake is almost clear.  The water is dropping quickly and we should be fishing prime conditions soon.  But there are fish to be had!  We are seeing fish eat on the top and on nymphs, so a dry-dropper rig is a way to cover your bases.  Hatches of caddis, yellow sallies, golden stones, and pmds are enticing fish to the surface.  We are seeing action sub-surface with rubber-legs, peach fuzz, prince nymphs, lightning bugs. The water is still moving, so stick to soft riffles, eddy lines, and any slower water you can find.  Happy fishing!

Cutthroat trout caught in Jackson Hole

August fishing is hot, hot, hot!

 

Another beautiful cutthroat from Fish Creek.

 

We’ve had lots of warm days this summer in Jackson Hole, and grasshopper fishing is in full swing.  The mornings have seen consistent PMD and caddis hatches.  As the day heats up and the hoppers start buzzing, it’s been good to switch to foam.  There have been a variety of patterns working, so don’t be afraid to switch it up.  The heat of the day can cause a bit of a lull in the fishing so get out early!

Spring Creek Cutthroat Trout

Summer, summer, summertime

Snake river lunker.

The Snake is clear (finally) and fishing! We have been seeing bigger fish as the flows stabilize and trout settle into their summer homes.  The chubby chernobyl has been eaten consistently, but the color they prefer depends on the day and the stretch…try out purple, black and tan, yellow…don’t be afraid to throw a dropper under that foam!  There have been some great caddis hatches lately and a size 12-16 elk hair is the hot ticket if you see bugs in the air.  Mayflies have also been bringing good fish to the surface!

The spring creeks continue to fish well.  The trout have been eating PMDs, drakes, and terrestrials.  If you are looking for a nice walk with great fish, look no further than our private water.

The water temps on the Green have been rising, which means less oxygen and more stress for the fish.  If you are determined to fish it, go early in the morning and hop off early to keep the fish healthy.

Happy trout hunting!

Jackson Hole fly fishing guide

It’s Getting Good…

Great catch on Fish Creek.

The rivers are starting to take shape in Jackson Hole and the fish are biting.  The trout on the Green have been eating big foam flies and drakes.  The worm is always a good bet if you want to fish a dry-dropper.  The spring creeks have seen the fish rise to similar flies…foam and mayflies are on the menu and fish are looking up.

A beautiful day and awesome brown trout on the Green river.

The Snake is probably a week or two from prime fishing, but it is dropping and clearing more every day.  Our guides have caught fish on dries, nymphs and streamers.  A Pat’s rubber leg/worm combo is a great way to start on cool mornings.  As temps warm up we are seeing mayflies and golden stones hatching.

Summer is here, let’s go fishing!

Cutthroat are eating dries on Fish Creek.

cutthroat trout in Jackson Hole

June Fishing in Jackson Hole

A nice rainbow from the Green.

We are still in high water season in Jackson Hole, but the fishing is starting to shape up as the water drops.  The Green has been a go-to spot for floating.  Our guides have been catching fish on dries, nymphs and streamers.  A few salmonflies have been spotted out.  The fish haven’t completely keyed into them yet, but they should soon with more bugs hatching.

Salmon fly season on the Green.

The spring creeks on Snake River Ranch are also clearing up.  The fish haven’t been giving it up too easily, but with a little work there are some beautiful trout to be had.  Like the Green, the trout have been eating a variety of dries, nymphs and streamers.  Wade fishing on our private water is beautiful this time of year!

Cutthroat trout caught on Fish Creek.

Brown Trout caught on Green River

Mid-July Fishing

Sunny, beautiful day on the Green.

The grey drake hatch is still going full force on the Upper Green.  Days are warming up quickly so head to the river early to catch the hatch.  There are also some fish eating golden stones more consistently (foam!) and a variety of other dries, think caddis, yellow sallies, and pmds.   A dry with a worm dropper combo is also a good bet.  The Green bumped up a bit last week, so focus on slower water.

The Snake is still high, with water levels about twice the normal flow for this time of year.  That said, the water is starting to green up and it seems like good fishing is right around the corner.  If you can’t wait for things to clear up and have to hit the Snake now, don’t do it without a pocket full of Pat’s rubber legs and some pink worms.

Brown on the Green.

 

 

Drift boat fishing on a lake in the Tetons.

Cottonwood Lake Fishing

Fishing client holding brook trout.

A beautiful brook trout on Cottonwood Lake

Fishing guide and client holding lake trout.

A huge lake trout caught on Cottonwood Lake.

The snow is coming down from the mountains and our regional waterways are seeing some of the highest water levels in years.  It’s a great time to fish a lake or spring creek while the rivers get their annual refresh.  Cottonwood Lake has been fishing really well, with cutthroat, lake, and brook trout eating streamers, dries and nymphs.  Chironomids, leeches, damselflies, and callibaetis are all getting fish to the boat. The water on the lake is clear and the views can’t be beat!

Guided lake fishing from a drift boat in the Tetons.

Cottonwood Lake fishing.

Fly Fishing Guide John Carpenter

Sunny days and skwala hatches on the Snake.

After a long and snowy winter, it is Spring in the Tetons! Sunny days have brought out dry flies, with skwala at the top of the menu. Starting the morning out with a dry-dropper rig will get you on fish before the big bugs hit the water. Fish are eating on top as the day warms up, so throw on a brown, black, or purple chubby for afternoon fishing.

Warm weather bringing out the skwala dries.

Warm weather bringing out the skwala dries.

Streamers have been moving fish throughout the day, with the best eats on brown/olive/tan sculpin patterns. The river is moving well and the water temps are still pretty cool, so look to the slow and soft riffles to hold fish. Water clarity has been good, but we could see some changes as the week continues to warm and some of our record-breaking snowpack hits the Snake River drainage. Get out soon and enjoy the fishing!