The fishing is ON!!!

The rivers are clearing up in the region and the fishing is improving by the day! Our guides have had great success on local walk and wade trips here in Jackson Hole as well as float fishing rivers in the region. Here is a quick rundown of local waters that I have fished recently:

Green River: I think we have seen the peak of runoff on the Green River. I had a great trip down there a few days ago that produced 30+ brown trout on large dry flies! Although it is a hour drive from the town of Jackson, the Green can produce large brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout. It is much smaller than the Snake and is a very fun trip. When floating on the Green you are surrounded by the snow covered peaks of the Wyoming and Wind River mountain ranges which makes for a spectacular backdrop while fishing! Fish were eating cadidis, stoneflies, salmonflies, lightning bugs, and prince nymphs. Make sure to bring bug spray and a rain jacket! The storms on the high mountain plains of Wyoming can sneak up quickly!

Snake River: The Snake has been interesting the past few weeks. We were confident as a guide staff that it was coming down and we were going to have one of the earliest seasons in recent memory here in the Jackson Hole valley. Unfortunately as Jackson Lake filled the dam was forced to match inflows to the lake which caused the Snake to go up about a thousand CFS. We were still able to catch fish deep nymphing and randomly on large dry flies. I think the Snake will clear up in the next two weeks and we will have great fishing late this month into early July. Remember, once it clears those fish are going to be HUNGRY! Some of the best fishing historically is the four or five days following runoff.

South Fork: The South Fork of the Snake in Idaho is fishing great! One of our guides spent the day over there with his father yesterday and was lucky enough to catch the large brown. The pictured at the bottom of this fishing report! It is pretty standard South Fork fishing as of now which consists of deep nymphing and streamer fishing. The water needs to heat up just a bit for the dry fly action to turn on.

Hoback River: I spent yesterday on the Hoback and had a unforgettable day. We boated 50+ fish on salmonfly patterns. It was truly amazing. No commercial outfitting is aloud on the Hoback but we would love to show you the best flies to take down there and direct you where to go.

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Fathers Day Brown

Good regional fishing has arrived!!!

What a day!!! Floated the BLM section of the upper Green today with my dad. To be honest any day on the water with your dad is a great day. Today proved to be extra special because we floated a section that we have not been on together in 20+ years. Along with a great float we had great fishing! Within sight of the put in we had already landed four fish, the biggest being a nice rainbow.

First fish of the day!

Although it was shocking to us and others that I have spoken with the fish were actively feeding on salmonflies. Yes you read that correctly, massive Pteronarcyidae (Salmonflies)! I have heard rumors of good salmonfly hatches on the Green and today confirmed those rumors. In high water years these large dry flies usually hatch during muddy water and fisherman “miss” the hatch due to conditions. Not the case this year! We caught fish on standard orange attractor patters all day and even did well on very large orange foam chernobyls. If you find yourself lucky enough to be on this section of water soon fish the slow tail outs after structure as well as super tight to the grass banks. Remember the water temperature is still cold so let the fish take the fly prior to getting overly excited and setting prematurely. If you would like one of our expert guides to show you where these fish might live call the shop today (307) 734-9684 and book a trip!

 

Must have had a good guide!

 

Brown dog loves Brown trout

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Rivers are clearing up in the region!!!

June is just around the corner and fishing in the region is about to heat up! The Green River is flowing between 700-800 CFS and has good visibility. I am heading that direction tomorrow and will report on actual fishing conditions in the next few days. The fishing on the Henrys Fork was good this past weekend but the weather was not!!! I spent multiple days in a late May blizzard. Below is just a glimps of the weather that we were dealing with.

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Catching fish during runoff?!?!?!?

The Snake river has fully blown out! We have been anticipating this the past few weeks and it finally turned from green to brown. Current flows in the canyon are around 8200 CFS. Clients were still able to pick up a few fish two days ago below South Park bridge. The weather forecast is calling for warm weather into the middle of next week which will help bring more moisture out of the mountains and into the river. The Snake River basin is reporting 65% of average snow water equivalent as of May 11th. If the weather stays warm we should be fishing the Snake in late June/early July!

Reports from the Green River above Warren Bridge have been good. The river is flowing at 619 CFS which is both a good level to float and wade fish. Nymphing and streamer fishing will be good in the campground sections. With cold water temperatures fish should be in slower water. The Upper Green River basin is reporting 38% of average snow water equivalent. I would imagine the Green will be our first option for good fishing this spring and could fish well the next few weeks.

I am off to explore the South Fork today. I will report on it after the weekend. For now I will leave you with a very respectable picture of a Catostomus Platyrhynchus (mountain sucker) which a client caught with me two days ago fly fishing around Swinging Bridge. Call the shop and book a trip if you would like to have a once in a lifetime opportunity to catch such a trophy!

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Early Season Snake Fishing

The early season fishing in Jackson Hole has been excellent! Due to slightly below average precipitation this past winter we have seen some of the earliest fishing on the Snake River in recent memory. Fish have been feeding on Skwalas on the surface and standard stone fly nymphs sub surface. Please call the shop with any questions about regional fishing or to book a trip!

 

 

Dry Flies Are in Full Swing

On the Snake, the cuttys are consistently feeding on the surface. We have seen good PMD and various caddis hatches. The hoppers are also out all over the banks. As usual, chernobyls have been working well, and you can always add a nymph dropper to effectively fish above and below the surface. Various PMD and caddis patterns will also pick up fish. On cloudy days, a chernobyl or smaller dries will be your best bet. On hotter sunny afternoons, try a hopper pattern. We have seen a lot of larger fish come up for the hopper.

On the South Fork, the dry fly action is finally coming around. It has still be a little slow on dries in the middle of the day, but the early mornings and the late afternoon/evening has been red hot. Various mayflies (most prominently PMDs) have been very effective. Hopper patterns have been a little hit or miss, but we have seen some really big fish sporadically taking hoppers on the surface.

Fishing Report

The fishing has significantly improved in the last week!  With flow levels returning to moderate and water becoming gorgeous and clear, the Snake River is back on track!  Hopper hatches are beginning and the fish are starting to look towards the surface.  Get it while you can!

Looking up!

The fishing on the Snake is improving by the day as water continues to drop.  Large dries with nymph droppers are still the best bet overall although today we had a period when bigger fish were onto to dry caddis fly and stone fly patterns as well the good ole stimulator.  The South Fork is dropping as well and although it is still fairly green in color many fish can be found by nymphing a stone fly pattern with a pheasant tail or prince nympth  as a second fly.  Occasional surface feeders can be found taking pmd’s and if you see some fish  on the surface take the time to work them as surface fishing is still slow throughout the region.

 

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Fish are looking up on the Snake

The Snake is starting to fish pretty well as the cutthroats are starting to feed on the surface. The standard chernobyl with a dropper has been working well. For the chernobyl, try a tan or gold in sizes 10 or 12. For the dropper, try a size 14 red copper john or pheasant tail flashback. PMDs are hatching sporatically and various PMD patterns have also been working pretty well.

If you are floating Moose to Wilson or Wilson to South Park, it might be worth taking the time to get out of the boat and fish some side channels. You can certainly catch fish on the main channel, but the dry fly action seems to be more productive when fishing riffles and slow water along the banks of some of the side channels.

The Snake is clearing!!!!

Snake River flows have dropped below 3000cfs near Moran and below 12000cfs above Alpine.  The river is clearing by the day and fish are being seen on the surface even with the water maintaining a green hue.  Our guides are picking up a few fish mostly on nymphs but the fishing is expected to improve dramatically over the next week as flows continue to drop and as clarity improves.  Hatches remain strong on the snake with stone flies of a variety of sizes, and thick caddis hatches are occurring daily.  Cicadas have also been seen and definitely heard and grasshoppers are on the move in dryer terrain.

The Green River continues to fish well in the early mornings and in the evenings and the South Fork in Idaho has turned on as flows there have also lowered to near 15000cfs.