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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 also following social distancing guidelines. The Snake River is fishing very well, as it often does in early April. Warmer temperatures have bug life coming alive, and we’ve been seeing a variety of hatches that the fish have been keying in on.  Mayflies, blue wing olives, grey drakes, small black stoneflies, and the occasional skwala nymph are out.  Weather is a big factor this time of year. On warm days look for dries to hatch in the afternoon. Warmer weather can 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.

The Snake is on fire!

Big fish are hungry and the fishing on the Snake is awesome. Caddis have been doing well in the mornings and PMDs are working through out the day. As temps warm up you can look to terrestrials to attract nice fish.  Hoppers, beetles, ants and crane flies will all bring trout to the surface.  Riffles, banks and drop-offs are all fishing well, with the fast banks really firing in the afternoon.  There seems to be a bit of an afternoon lull but your arm may need a break!

Snake river fine-spotted cutthroat.

 

The hoppers are out and the fish are biting!

A beautiful catch on Fish Creek.

The Snake continues to fish well as we enter the toasty days of summer. In the early part of the day fish have been rising to PMD and yellow sally hatches.  Soft riffles have been the most consistent spots to catch the fish, and we have been seeing some bigger trout eating in faster water.  Banks and drop-offs have been producing fish as well. The afternoons have been all about the grasshoppers, and a variety of foam patterns have been working. There has been a bit of a lull in the late afternoons, but that may change as more clouds roll in this week.

The spring creeks continue to fish really well…give us a call and we will get you out there!

 

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.

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!