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April Fishing

During these uncertain times, it is important to not only take care of our physical health, but
our mental health as well. Fly fishing can be a great way to get outside and spend time on the water, while following social distancing guidelines. The Snake River is fishing very well, as it
often does in early April. Warmer temperatures has bug life coming alive, and we’ve been
seeing a variety of hatches that the fish have been keying in on.  Mayflies have been spotted, both blue wings and grey drakes. Small black stoneflies and the occasional skwala nymph are also out.  Weather is a big factor this time of year…on warm days look for dries to hatch in the afternoon. Warmer weather will also bump river flows, so keep an eye on the gauges.

A beautiful cutthroat caught on the Snake river in April.

Keep in mind, certain sections of river are closed due to COVID-19. Access to the river in Grand
Teton National Park is not permitted. The other sections of river that remain open are seeing
increased traffic, and we want to remind people to try and space out as to not overwhelm the
river with too much pressure and protect our wonderful resource.

August fishing is coming in hot!

The Snake just keeps getting better…bigger fish are eating on the surface and the terrestrial bite is hot.  In the mornings we have been seeing caddis and PMD hatches.  There have been a variety of caddis coming off, so keep your eyes open for bugs and choose the fly accordingly.  We are also seeing flying ants early, and the trout are tuned-in to the ant patterns. Starting in the late morning-early afternoon the grasshoppers have been active.  Grasshoppers drifted along the banks and in riffles have seen great fish bites throughout the afternoon.  Have fun, get out there!

 

Fishermen on the Snake, in the shadow of the Tetons.

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!