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!
High water has hit the Rockies and the big rivers are running fast. While the fishing is on hold across most of the area, the spring creeks are still great options to get on some beautiful trout. Fish Creek and Lake Creek on Snake River Ranch are waters that GFA fishes exclusively, and they have been fishing well!
We have been seeing a variety of mayflies and caddis hatching during the day. A BWO or parachute adams pattern will bring big fish to the surface. When the fish aren’t eating on top, a dry-dropper rig with a pheasant tail or hare’s ear are great options. There are a limited number of fishermen allowed on these creeks per day, so you are guaranteed to have the place to yourself. This is the best fishing in the valley right now, check out our private water page for more information.
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.
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!
It is the peak of the summer season here in Jackson, and cooler temperatures have elevated the local fishing. While the night temperatures have significantly cooled, our days on the rivers have consisted of blue skies and fresh mountain air. In the morning, general mayfly imitations have been working well including patterns like Parachute Adams and Film Critics. As the temperatures rise, you’ll find terrestrials on the banks. Local ranchers have recently cut the hay and stopped irrigating the fields, which forces the terrestrials such as hoppers to the banks of the river. Patterns such as the Morrish Hopper and Galloup’s Ant Acid are producing at high rates. Stop by our fly shop in Teton Village to look over our assortment of fly fishing gear and reserve your trip with GFA guides today. Check out our guide in training, Ethan, on a fun day out fishing hoppers!
Here at Grand Fishing Adventures, we offer both float and wade fishing trips. While there is no better place to be than floating the Snake River in August, the fishing on our private spring creeks has been phenomenal as well. GFA has exclusive access to private water at the base of the Tetons. Small dry flies such as parachute mahoganies were working well in the morning, and grasshoppers produced some great action in the afternoon. Bill (pictured below) proves it!
Summer is in full swing, and the weather is warm and sunny in Jackson Hole. As August approaches, there is no better way to spend a day than on the river, and the fish continue to eat well. Stoneflies, pmd’s and caddis have all been working well. A dry-dropper rig is a great way to start in the morning as the temperature warms up. The comforting sound of grasshoppers on the banks began in late July and are now starting to see some interest if you are out on a warm and windy afternoon. Give us a call at 307-734-9684 to join us for a day of fishing and happy August angling!
We are all thinking about the folks being affected by the Cliff Creek fire just outside Bondurant Wyoming. We regularly drive through Bondurant on the way to The Green all spring and early summer, so seeing this fire encroach on this beautiful town has us all on the edge of our seats as firefighters battle to keep this community safe. Everyone keep your fingers crossed for a little rain to knock the flames down!
Despite the fire to the south, The Snake is still fishing strong. Nice cutties continue to feed on big chernobyls throughout the day. Our guides are reporting finding fish on riffles, drop offs, seams, as well as fast banks. Throwing a mayfly dropper off the back of your dry can also be a good way to turn up some fish if the activity slumps off at all.
Call the shop to book a trip with us! Slots are filling up fast as people are coming to the river to still get outside with the smokey atmosphere.
Our guide Will had a great trip with Dan and Anne from Minnesota today. It was a gorgeous day in Jackson, and the dry fly fishing was phenomenal. Will reported that they were finding really nice fish along banks, as well as in the riffles. Dan and Anne had never fly fished before today, but they picked it up fast! They did quite well fishing with big dries, such as chernobyls and parachute adams, and smaller mayfly droppers like prince nymphs and copper johns. Give us a call to get out on the water and enjoy some killer dry fly fishing with one of our great guides!
The fishing in the Jackson Hole region has been quite good over the past few days. Fish are eating big dry flies on The Snake, South Fork, and Green River. This is the time of year we all dream for throughout the winter. Go ahead and put those bobbers back in your pack! On The Snake, our guides are having great luck using big dry flies such as hoppers and large mayfly patterns. We are finding many of the big fish are coming back to the rivers now that the spawn is over in our tributaries. These fish are hungry and looking up! On the South Fork, big bugs (AKA salmon flies) are winding down, but PMDs and golden stones are quite thick and fish are stacked in the riffles. If headed to The Green, the water is dropping fast, but our guides are still bringing great reports of big fish eating both drake and foam patterns. Now is a great time to book a trip and get out on the water. Call now to book a trip!
Warm temperatures and occasional rainy days have left The Snake and Green Rivers quite muddy. Although this means the fishing is not great right now, these weeks of flooding are crucial to the health of our local rivers. High flows flush our rivers of excess sediment, and clears our the river beds to allow for better insect habitat and spawning grounds. Fortunately, we still have some great options for fishing! Our private access on Cottonwood Lake allows us to take folks out to learn a bit about lake fishing. We have been catching some really nice cutthroat and lake trout on streamers, dries, and nymphs. If a float down the river is what you are really looking for, still give us a call. We can always get you on the South Fork of the Snake for a full day of fishing on clear water!