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.

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!

Fall on the Snake

We are having some gorgeous Fall days in Jackson Hole lately, and the fishing is great.  It has been warming up nicely mid-day and we’ve seen some bugs hatching.  Blue wings are out in force and the fish are looking for them.  Mahoganies and October caddis are also flying around and can get a look from eating fish.  Cooler mornings mean its a good plan to fish a dry dropper set up.  Smaller nymphs have been working well.  Try out the dry fly as bugs pop out and the day heats up!

Cutthroat trout caught in Jackson Hole

August fishing is 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!

Fly Fishing in Jackson Hole

July on the Fly

A 22 inch brown trout caught on the Green river.

The tributaries to the Snake are clearing well, and it is improving the fishing every day.  With increased clarity we are seeing more fish come to the surface.  Chubby chernobyl’s are getting some good looks, and are a great option with a dropper below it.  We have had success below the surface on Pat’s rubber legs, prince nymphs and worms.

Catching rainbows on the Green.

The Green is still seeing good drake hatches.  Water temps are warming a bit in the afternoon, so your best bet for big fish is earlier or later in the day.  If the fish aren’t rising to the drake try nymphing with a prince or hare’s ear, or swing a sparkle minnow.

A beautiful cutty on our private water

It’s been a mixed bag on the spring creeks this week.  Fish have been caught on a variety of mayflies, foam flies, mayfly nymphs and streamers.  The creek water is cold and the fish are happy!

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.

brook trout caught on Cottonwood Lake

It’s Spring in Jackson Hole

Spring is in full effect here in the Tetons and the rivers are high. We had another year of big snowpack, which will make for a great fishing season. If you need to scratch your angling itch, we have some good early season options. Cottonwood Lake is a great place to knock the rust off your cast and catch lake, brook, and cutthroat trout.   Our guides are monitoring the private waters that we fish, and both Lake and Fish creeks can be a good wade option. Click here for more information about our private water. Give us a call for the most up-to-date report on the spring creeks: 307-734-9684.

Fly fishing guide on Snake River

Fall is in the air…

Cutty on the Snake.

What a lovely time of year…the leaves are changing, tourist season has slowed, and the fish are still eating foam!  The Snake continues to fishing well.  Fishing with foam has been really consistent.  Lots of different patterns (hopper, ant, stonefly) and colors (the whole rainbow) have been working, depending on the stretch of water you are fishing.  We are also seeing some hatches through out the day, mostly mayflies and caddis.  PMD patterns are fishing well.  There have been a few Hecuba spotted and a larger mayfly pattern can also get eats.  The streamer fishing is picking up and cloud cover seems to really help get the fish moving.  Look to banks, structure and riffles for the most consistent bites.

Mayfly hatch on the Snake.