Fishing Tips

Fishing Tips

Jackson Hole Fishing Report (05/18/2018):

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Water Flows:

Snake River Canyon – 13,200 CFS

Pacific Creek – 1,760 CFS

Buffalo Fork – 2,380 CFS

Green River – 2,220 CFS

South Fork – 16,000 CFS


Upcoming Weather:

Saturday – 36 °/61 °, PM Thunderstorms, 80% chance of rain

Sunday –  36 °/65 °, Partly Cloudy, 20% chance of rain

Monday – 36 °/70 °, Partly Cloudy, 20% chance of rain

Tuesday – 38 °/71 °, Partly Cloudy, 20% chance of rain

Wednesday – 38 °/66 °, PM Thunderstorms, 40% chance of rain

Thursday – 39 °/66 °, Isolated Thunderstorms, 30% chance of rain

Friday – 38 °/69 °, Isolated Thunderstorms, 30% chance of rain


On the water:

Hatches – Midges, Caddis, Little Black Stone, Skwala


Fly Selection:

Wet – Zebra Midge, San Juan Worm, Small Pat’s Rubber Leg, Mop Fly

Dry – RS2 Midge, Birchell’s Hatching Midge, Skwala, Black and Brown Caddis

Streamer – Heavy Sculpzilla, Drunk and Disorderly, JJ Special, Kreelex


Guide Report:

We are well into our runoff season limiting the available water to fish.  If you are trying to stay close to town, the only place to find clean water on the Snake is from Jackson Lake Dam down to Pacific Creek.  Fishing midge patterns or flashy streamers has been working well with some fish coming up for the occasional dry.  Heading south to the Green River will be everyone’s go to during this time and doing so can produce some of the biggest fish all year.  Small San Juan worms in a burgundy color have proven to be very effective during the prime window right when flows begin to drop and the river starts to clear.

Jackson Hole Fishing Report (04/17/18)

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Water Flows:

Snake River Canyon –  4,350 CFS

Pacific Creek –  146 CFS

Buffalo Fork –  263 CFS

Green River @ Warren Bridge – 381 CFS

South Fork Nr Irwin –  18,800 CFS


Upcoming Weather:

Wednesday 04/18/18 – 25°/46°, Mostly Sunny, 10% chance of rain

Thursday 04/19/18 – 30°/52°, Mostly Cloudy, 0% chance of rain

Friday 04/20/18 – 31°/59°, Sunny, 0% chance of rain

Saturday 04/21/18 – 32°/57°, Sunny, 0% chance of rain

Sunday 04/22/18 – 35°/56°, Sunny, 0% chance of rain

Monday 04/23/18 – 35°/57°, Cloudy, 20% chance of rain


On the Water:

Hatches – Midge, BWO Baetis, Skwala, Little Black Stone


Fly Selection:

Wet – Zebra Midge, Higa’s S.O.S, Flash Back Baetis,  Small Pat’s Rubber Leg

Dry – RS2 Midge, Birchell’s Hatching Midge, Griffith’s Gnat, BWO Emerger, Skwala, Black Caddis

Streamer – Heavy Sculpzilla, Coffey’s Sparkle Minnow, JJ Special


Guide Report:

Water flows are changing rapidly and set to be increased for run off preparation as well as a gate exercise that will take place at the end of this month.  Fishing conditions are becoming more variable as more new water begins to change color and river flows continue to rise.  Getting away from town may be the best option with both the Henry’s Fork and Green River a short drive away.  For those interested in staying close to town, streamers have been finding success in deep water.  Throwing your streamer of choice on sink tip can offer plenty of reward, just be sure to get them low.  If you do find some clear water with rising fish, your best bet is still to go with small emerging baetis and midge patterns.  However, little black stones have been popping up along certain river banks which may justify throwing a small black caddis.  Additionally, there is always the chance of finding some skwala action if the water your fishing can make its way above that 42° mark.

Jackson Hole Fishing Report (04/04/18)

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Water Flows:

Snake River Canyon – 1,980 CFS

Pacific Creek – 72 CFS

Buffalo Fork – 165 CFS

Green River – Ice

South Fork – 10,100 CFS


Upcoming Weather:

Wednesday – 45°, Overcast, 40% chance of rain and snow, 17mph SSW wind

Thursday – 45°, Mostly Cloudy, 60% chance of rain, 9mph S wind

Friday – 45°, Overcast, 70% chance of rain and snow, 6mph SSE wind

Saturday – 44°, Overcast, 90% chance of rain, 10mph SW wind

Sunday – 38°, Overcast, 80% chance of rain and snow, 12mph SW wind

Monday – 44°, Partly Cloudy, 20% chance of rain and snow, 7mph SSE wind

Tuesday – 50°, Mostly Cloudy, 20% chance of rain, 10mph SSW wind


On the Water:

Hatches – Midge, Baetis, Skwala


Fly Selection:

Wet – Zebra Midge, Higa’s S.O.S, Flash Back Baetis,  Pat’s Rubber Leg,

Dry – RS2 Midge, Birchell’s Hatching Midge, Griffith’s Gnat, Blue Wing Olive


Guide Report:

If you can brave the cold you might be surprised by what you find.  Our rivers offer some great fishing this time of year.  Those willing to throw on some extra layers to hit the water have been finding plenty of success with simple nymph rigs such as zebra midges paired with a small pat’s rubber leg.  Find yourself lucky enough to come across some rising fish in the afternoon and small midge patterns that you can barely see will be your best friend.  BUT… It’s always worth trying to stand out from the thousands of identical midges the fish are picking from.  Perhaps trying a couple sizes larger is all your willing to risk but you may find sending a BWO is a great way to get the attention of greedier fish.

Seasons of Fly Fishing in Jackson Hole

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July and August are not the only hot fishing months on the Upper Snake River in Jackson Hole.  If you want to avoid some crowds and get an early start to your fishing season the spring can provide the best fishing of the year.  A lot of the cutthroat will migrate into smaller tributaries for the summer months.  The average size of cutthroat is biggest in the spring and again in the fall when the fish move back to the main stem of the Snake.  Don’t rule out a spring or fall fishing trip on the Snake.

An abundant midge hatch in early March takes place as cutthroat rise to get in the action.  Video by Spencer Morton.

Time of Year-We are fortunate to have an abundance of fishing options from March to early November.  Check out some highlights from each Season below.

  1. Late winter/Spring (February-May)Typically, the early Spring months provide cold mornings and evenings with some fantastic fishing in the warmer parts of the day. Starting around March, the trout are hungry after a long cold winter and are feeding aggressively with the first abundant bug hatches of the season (as seen in the video.)  Guests will have opportunities to nymph and throw dry flies in the spring.  With that said if we get a rare warm day in January or February, we have had successful wade trips in those winter months.  All of our bookings prior to April are weather dependent and we will happily reschedule your trip if weather does not cooperate.  One of the best times of year to fish the snake is the window between when the temps bump above 40 and before runoff starts.  The river will raise fast as the snow melts creating good opportunities to try some different water other than the upper Snake River.  Last year the river increased flows drastically around the beginning of June, more regularly runoff will start up in May.
  2. Early Summer(June-July) Depending on the snow pack from the winter this time of year usually provides peak flows on the Snake River.  When runoff is happening on the Snake our guides get excited about exploring still water, walk wade trips on smaller tributaries and floating options on other rivers.  This time of year, produced some of our most successful trips on Lewis Lake, wading the Firehole River, floating the Green River and many more.  This is the perfect time to book a walk wade trip to the Blackrock ranger district and explore some backcountry fishing options.
  3. Late Summer(August-September)- The Snake River really starts to come alive in Late summer, the river flows level out and the gin clear water returns.  With tons of different bugs hatching including various Mayflies, Caddis, and Stoneflies.  This is when anglers can throw big dry fly and terrestrial patterns and watch incredible top water eats.   The cutthroat trout aggressively take advantage of the wide variety of food in the river and do not hold back from aggressively attacking big flies on the surface.  The average size of the cutthroat will start to increase as some bigger fish move away from smaller tributaries and into the main stem of the Snake River.
  4. Fall(September-November) From mid-September to early November the snake shows its true colors as one of the best fall trout fisheries in the world.  The river continues to drop until it hits “winter flows” usually in October where it will stay until spring.  The leaves start to change colors providing incredible views of the surrounding area.  Big fish are around and preparing themselves for winter by feeding as much as possible.  This time of year, still provides great dry fly fishing and hatches in the warmer parts of the day.  The river begins to thin out again and solitude returns, the upper snake in the fall is second to none.