My fishing report and ramblings about fly fishing in the
Jackson Hole area and beyond...
2/7/19 Lots of Snow around here. That hasn't stopped my
clients from catching some fish though! Biggest consideration is
to make sure night temperatures aren't too cold. If they drop
into the single digits and below, slush will cover the water
surface making it really hard to fish. If nights are warmer, look
for midge hatches during the day. These can come off as early
as 11 and last through the afternoon. Slow backwaters are
best, but seams and bank runs are also good to fish. I like to
fish a small (#18 parachute adams or hivize griffiths gnat with
a midge emerger trailer. Nymphing and streamers will also turn
some fish. Access right now is kinda tough due all the snow
we'ver recieved lately. Better pack the snowshoes....
1/4/19 Well hello 2019! I'm looking forward to another
great year of fly fishing here in Western Wyoming. Right now
we're in the heart of winter around here. Best fly fishing is
going to be on the Snake River. There are quite a few good
access points and on warmer days, fish can be caught.
Nymphing is the name of the game this time of year. Focus on
deep, slow waters, eddies and seams. Fish tend to pod up in
the winter so if you find one, there is a good chance there are
more waiting for your fly. I keep it simple with my flies.
Beadheads- hare's ears, pheasant tails and pats rubberlegs all
work. Additionally black, red and brown zebra midges are
great as are brassies. I think it's much more important to get
the fly to the correct depth rather than get to fancy with
patterns. Getting on the water between 11 and 3 is best.
Snowshoes will definitely help you access more water as our
snow pack builds.
12/13/18 Merry early Christmas to everyone out there!
Hope Santa is good to you and brings you some fun gifts! It's
mid December here in Jackson Hole and that means winter fly
fishing. Yes- you can catch fish on a fly rod in the winter
around here but it can be tough. I like to nymph fish on the
Snake river using a number of public access points for wade
fishing. My favorite patterns include black, red and brown
zebra midges, pheasant tails, prince nymphs and copper and
red brassies. On warmer days you might see some midges on
the surface and griffiths gnats, renagades, parachute adams,
etc. all will work. Try and find deep, slow water as fish tend to
pod up there in the winter. Best time is going to be 11-3ish
and snowshoes can really help getting around through our
deep snow. Have fun out there!
10/26/18 Late fall fishing continues to be pretty decent
around here thanks to relatively warm weather. Fishing local
waters like the Snake and Salt, BWOs, Griffiths gnats and
october caddis flies all are working for fish looking up. Best
action is around lunch time through late afternoon. Look for
fish rising in slow water and along current seams. Folks are
having fun targeting brown trout with streamers and
nymphs. Yellowstone park will close to fishing soon so get up
there. As days get shorter, it's best to fish in the warmest
parts of the day.
8/20/18 Hard to pick a bad place to fish around here. The
Snake is fishing well with dry flies- both smaller parachute
mayfly patterns and large foam flies. All tributaries are
worth fishing, but you'll need to cover some water, looking
for "green" water and targeting fish there. Again, standard
attractor dries, foam and parachute dries will get it done.
Flat Creek on the refuge is open and you can expect
hatching grey drakes in the mornings. Should start seeing
some Mahogany duns too in the next few weeks. The Green
is still fishing, but it'll make you work. Hopper droppers
along the banks are a good idea. Fishing down deep with
nymphs and streamers are the best way to find one of the
big fish the river's known for.
7/7/18 Some great fishing to be had around Jackson Hole
right now! Water levels are coming down and a lot of stuff is
now clear and fishing with dry flies. The upper Snake is in
great shape. PMDS, yellow sallies, golden stones, drakes,
caddis, etc. are all hatching. Chubby chernobyls are my
favorite, but yellow sallie patterns and parachute adams
and purple haze's are great too. Pacific creek is about
perfect right now as are other tributaries to the north. The
lower Gros Ventre has come around... we'll, just get out
there and fish something with a dry fly! It'll be fun. Remember
bear spray and make noise, i've seen some griz
6/5/18 Lakes and Yellowstone Park, that's where to fish
right now. Area lakes are treating anglers pretty well.
Leech patterns, soft hackle wet flies and damselfly nymphs
are all good patterns to try. The Firehole is in great shape
and fishing pretty well. Nymphs and soft hackles have bee
working well and i suspect that PMDs and Miller caddis will
start coming off soon. The Snake and it's tributaries are
still massive and not worth fishing. I think we've peaked
runoff-wise, so we should start seeing things comeing
down soon. Lots of bear activity up in Teton Park. Take bear
spray and make noise.
5/17/18 Fish the lakes, it's the best game in town. Ice is
off everything below 8000 ft and fish are hungry.
Intermediate sinking lines will help get flies down. I like
fishing leech patterns on size 6- 10 hooks; black, brown,
olive and rusty/red are all good colors. Also hard to go
wrong with a black wooly bugger. If you're visiting, try
Jenny or Jackson lakes at the base of the Tetons. Lakers,
Cutthroat and brown trout can all be found cruising the
shorelines. Get your fly ahead of them and strip slowly. If
you want to have some fun and learn a thing or two, give
a shout and book a trip with me. It's always fun taking
clients out and targeting stillwaters with large trout!
5/4/18 Warmer spring days have started the runoff
around here making fly fishing more challenging. The
Snake is dirty and running high and I expect it to get
worse as spring progresses. The 3 mile tailwater stretch
below Jackson lake is a good option. Depending on the
day, fish could rise, take nymphs or streamers. I think we
are another week or two out from ice off of Jackson Lake.
Most tributaries are also heading toward unfishable, but there
are a few hidden gems out there for folks willing to
adventure. Best to prep your lake fishing gear- sinking
lines, leech patterns, etc. As soon as the ice comes off,
fishing should be good! Also a few weeks out from
Yellowstone opening to fly fishing. Patterns I'm tying for
the season include PMD and BWO sparkle duns, peacock soft
hackles, miller caddis, x caddis and small prince and hare's ear
3/15/18 Spring is slowly creeping into the valley. Fishing
is picking up and and fish are beginning to feed on top!
Keep an eye out for midge hatches. I like simple flies like
a griffith's gnat, parachute adams or renagade in size
16-18. Also, nymphs work will along seams. Zebra
midges, copper johns, pheasant tails and caddis pupa
should get the job done. As we get further into March
and April, look for black stoneflies to appear. A size 14 or 16
black elk hair caddis can work and rubber leg stone flies
are a good choice too.
1/7/18 Happy New Year! Winter fishing in Jackson Hole is
in full swing. This means primarily nymph fishing for our
resident cutthroat and moutain whitefish. Temps the
past few days have been on the warmer end of the
spectrum for January (30s). This combined with a lack
of snow on the valley floor have made for some decent
fly fishing. Look for slow, deeper water, seams and back
eddies. Nymphs ranging from pheasant tails, zebra midges,
stoneflies and caddis larva will all produce. If, on warm days
midges hatch briefly, try a griffiths gnat. Best time to be out is
12/6/17 With not much snow here on the valley floor,
there is still lots of fishing access on the Snake. Days
are short though. Best fishing's going to be from noon
to 3ish. Pay attention to daily temperatures and expect
to mostly nymph fish, although on warmer afternoons
it's possible for some midges and BWOs to hatch. I'd
look for slow, deep runs as fish are retreating to those
kind of waters for winter. An assortment of basic nymphs will
get the job done. I like princes and pheasant tails,
bigger stones and black and red zebra midges.
10/18/17 BWOs are the name of the game. Expect great
dry fly fishing on the Snake each day. The best fishing
will occur in the afternoon, say 1-5ish... Look for fish
sipping in soft water, just off banks, in back eddies.
Fish will also feed heavily in shallow riffles, so keep an
eye out and cast your fly up in the shallows. Parachute
adams and parachute BWOs in 18 and 20s are a good choices.
In addition to the fantastic dry fly fishing, brown trout
are starting to move. Swinging streamers is a fun way
to hook some nice fall run fish.
8/11/17 Everything around here in Jackson Hole is fishing
well. Now, through October is primetime with the fly rod. The
Snake is in great shape with clear water and hungry cutthroat
trout. A lot of the fish right now are on the small side, but the
bigger ones are starting to show themselves. Hoppers, beetles,
ants, PMDs, parachute adams and hare's ears are all working.
Still good fishing on the Green, hoppers, dry droppers,
streamers and nymphs are the ticket here. All our
tributaries are fishing great as well. Any attractor type
dry fly should work. If you get refusals, go a size or
two smaller. Flat Creek on the Refuge is now open too.
This is a great place to test your skills against wary cutthroat
trout. Take some Grey Drakes, PMDs, small hoppers
and caddis with you and look for feeding trout.
7/7/17 Waters around here continue to pick up fly fishing-
wise. The upper Green is now in good shape and floating
makes for a fun day. Hatches of Grey Drakes, yellow
sallies, golden stones, PMDs, and caddis are all
hatching in the morning/early afternoon. Nymphs
seem to produce the best right now. Take your bug spray,
the mosquitos are out in force! The Lewis and upper Snake in
Yellowstone are fishing well. Again, good hatches are coming
off and the clariety on the Snake improves daily.
Pacific creek up north is in good shape, as is Lower
Flat Creek. The Snake continues to be high and dirty,
but is improving. There is good fishing on the
tailwater stretch below the Dam and as soon as the Buffalo fork
clears, the Snake should turn on.
6/29/17 As we roll into July, the fly fishing here in Jackson
Hole continues to pick up. Waters in Yellowstone are fishing
well. PMDs, white Miller caddis, BWO, Yellow sallies
and golden stones are all making appearences.
When nothing's hatching, swing soft hackles and
drift stonefly and PMD nymphs. Area lakes are fishing
well. Damselflies are hatching mid morning and some lakes
also have drakes and caddis hatching. Stripping
leeches and wooly bugger patterns is also effective.
If the lake has cutthroat trout, also try egg patterns.
The upper Green river is coming down and starting
to fish. While still off color, bugs are hatching and fish will
begin looking up. Lots of Drakes, stoneflies and PMDs. Rubber
leg stonefly nymphs and san juan worms work below
6/19/17 Yellowstone National Park is the place to be right
now. Conditions on the Firehole are great and fish
are hungry. PMDs and some BWOs are hatching on
a daily basis (cloudy weather= better hatches).
When all else fails, swinging wet flies and pheasant tail
nymph will take fish. Lewis and Yellowstone lake are also
fishing well. Most other waters around Jackson are
still really high with runoff.
6/4/17 Runoff's in full swing around here making most of
the waters in Jackson Hole unfishable. I'm spending
most of my time with clients on the Firehole River
in Yellowstone National Park. Look for BWOs, PMDs
and caddis up there. When nothing's rising, soft
hackle wet flies in riffles are always a great choice. Area lakes
can also fish well right now with wooly buggers,
leeches and flying ants. In the weeks to come,
waters in southwest Yellowstone will be best.
5/7/17 A recent warm up has begun the snow runoff
around here. Most streams and rivers are now
muddy and not fishing that well. The Snake below
the dam is clear and fishable. Ice is coming off
Jackson Lake and it's worth heading up there for cruising Lake
trout. Leeches are always a good way to go up there. There are
a few clear streams in the neighborhood and
they're fishing pretty well (but i'm not naming
them). Good news is that Yellowstone National
Park opens in a few weeks for the 2017 fishing season and
that'll make for some fun trips. Tie up some BWOs, PMDs,
Caddis and soft hackle wet flies for up there.
3/13/17 Starting to feel like spring here in Jackson Hole.
Fishing's picking up on the Snake and you'd be best to fish
midges to rising cutthroat trout. Most days trout
can be found rising in slow back eddies and in
seams along faster runs. I like fishing small
parachute adams, griffith's gnats and renagades. Also keep
in eye out for small black stoneflies. These guys will start
emerging as temperatures warm. When nothings
feeding on top, stripping streamers work well
2/8/17 The Snow continues. Just about every other day
has been a winter storm and it looks like this
pattern will continue. The good news is that daily
temperatures are rising and days in the 30s and
40s will make for some decent fishing in the weeks to come.
Midges will be the name of the game for the rest of the month.
Be sure to take your snow shoes if you strike out.
There is A TON of snow and access is difficult.
Basic nymphs in sizes 14-20 should work. On
warmer gray days, look for fish sipping in slow
backwaters and off of faster seams. Streamers can also work. I
like yellow ones...
1/15/17 A new year and a new report... It's been full on
winter in the Hole lately. Lots of snow and
temperatures well below zero are making fishing
difficult at the moment. Fear not though. As
soon as we start get some days of consistant 30 degree temps,
things'll pick up. When this happens, grab your favorite box of
nymphs and midges and hit the Snake. Favorite flies of mine
for winter include: zebra midges (black, red,
brown), brassies (copper and red), pheasant
tails and larger prince nymphs. Take your
snowshoes as there is DEEP snow along the river bottom.
11/29/16 And all of a sudden it's winter. Snow is falling
around here and most folks have traded their fly rods for skis.
Rest assured though that fishing is possible and
can be pretty good in the winter, you just have
to change your tactics a bit. I'd focus on
nymphing and swinging streamers. The Snake's going to be the
best water around for the next few months. More to come...
10/9/16 Fall keeps the fishing interesting here in Jackson
Hole. Weather changes quickly; one day it's
warm and sunny, the next it's full on winter. Be
prepared. The Snake flows are at winter levels.
Fish have moved and are poding up. Look for them to feed
heavily in riffles and seams. BWOs, parachute adams, hare's
ears and purple hazes' are al good patterns to
use. October caddis should also be carried and
on warm days, a hopper may be just the ticket.
Streamers are a good choice when nothing else is
happening. Flat Creek on the refuge is offering up challenging
but rewarding fishing. I like sight fishing to
feeders, so don't be afraid to cover some water.
October is a great time to fish Yellowstone
National Park before it closes next month. The Firehole,
Madison, Lewis and Upper Snake are all worth
the drive. Browns are starting to move, so take
your streamer box....
9/18/16 Things continue to fish well around here thanks
in large part to hatches of various mayflies.
Hecubas, mahoganys, PMDs, BWOs, etc. are
all out and the fish take notice. Conditions
couldn't be better on the Snake with the best fishing happening
from noon- 4ish. Look for fish to come up for a fly in all types
of water, from shallow riffles to deep seams.
Flat Creek is also a good place to stalk risers.
The same bugs mentioned above will be active
out on the refuge. No need to get out early and the cloudy, wet
days should produce bigger hatches. Fall fishing in Yellowstone
is coming into its own too. From here on out,
the Firehole and Madision should fish well.
Expect BWOs to play an important role as
weather turns lousy. Soft hackle wet flies are always a sure bet
in the riffles.
The Snake's been fishing really well thanks to a
smorgasbord of mayflies. The big player is the
Hecuba drakes. Large (size 10) parachute
hare's ears, adams, etc. are working well, as is royal
wulffs. In addition to the Hecubas, mahogany duns and BWOs
are also hatching. Best activity is around noon
through 4. Streamers are working well too
but in my opinion, dry flies are the way to go.
Other waters are also fishing well. Cover some ground and fish
the green water.
8/14/16 Dry Flies
After some hot weather in July, August has cooled down to
seasonal averages and water temperatures have followed.
Everything around here is fishing well and you'd be a fool not
to fish dry flies. Carry (and fish) an
assortment of fish-pleasing patterns- PMDs (i
like sparkle duns), parachute adams, tricos,
caddis, royal wulffs, stimulators etc. Hoppers are clicking, so
chernobyl variations and hoppers in a variety of sizes are good
to have. Lots of mutant stones are hatching
at night; anglers can find the big shells on
river side rocks. A Pat's rubber legs is a good
nymph pattern to fish below a chubby chernobyl. Double
Humpies do a nice job mimicking this
skitering stonefly. As tributaries get low, look
for "green" water. That's where the fish should be Flat
Creek on the refuge is fishing well- morning and evenings are
best. While mornings are still producing more
action on the Snake, look for afternoon
fishing to pick up as night temperatures drop.
8/1/16 Hot, Dry and grasshoppers
Boy it's been hot lately and fish are taking note. With
temperatures approaching 90 here in Jackson Hole, it's best to
get on the water early or late, leaving the
fish alone during the warmest part of the
day. The Snake has been fishing pretty well
despite the heat, with the best action happening from 7am-
1pm. Standard dries like PMDs, parachute
adams, royal trudes, chernobyl ants,
hoppers and terrestrials are all working well. Fish
are holding tight against banks and structure, eddy lines and
often in shallow riffles (when bugs are
emerging). Once afternoon comes, expect
things to slow. The Green river has water temps
hitting 70 and I would leave it alone. No need to stress the fish
down there. The Salt is fishing well with dries- PMDs, Tricos,
caddis and terrestrials. Flat creek on the elk
refuge is now open. This is a great place to
try for a trophy cutthroat. Terrestrials as well as
PMDs, tricos and grey drakes work well. Also carry some caddis
for the evenings. Remember to give other
anglers space out there. (if you've got the
itch to fish out there but want some help, i'm
permitted to guide on the refuge, so give a shout and we'll set
something up. Otherwise, everything else in the region is
fishing pretty well. Look for the "green"
water and you should do well.
7/9/16 Dry fly fishing!!
As we approach mid July, everything in the area is fishing
well. I've been fishing the Snake with
clients, having a great time fishing big dry
flies. Our cutthroat are keying in on golden stones, yellow
sallies, PMDs and caddis. I've found that chubby chernobyls,
red ants and small hoppers all work. In the
early afternoon when temps warm, PMDs
emerge in shallow riffles and fish can be found
feeding on emergers in inches of fast water. The Green and
Salt are also fishing well. Best to get on the
Green early in the morning as surface
action slows a bit in the afternoon. Area tributaries are
all fishing well too with medium size attractor flies. It's not
uncommon for the action to slow in the afternoon, particularly
on the Snake.
It's a great time to be fishing in and around Jackson Hole.
Summer's here and all waters in the area have come down and
are in good shape for fishing. Perhaps the
hardest decision is where to fish; small
stream, hike-in lake, big water like the Snake, etc.
Fortunately i don't think you can really go wrong. Some
favorites to check out right now are the
Snake, Pacific creek, Hoback and Green
rivers. All these waters are fishing well with a variety of
flies- yellow stones, PMDs, caddis, Royal Wulffs, stimulators,
chernobyls/ chubby's, parachute adams, etc. Grey Drakes are
starting to pop on the Green. Bottom line, take a box of big,
easy- to-see flies and hit the water. If
surface actions slows, add a copper john as
a dropper. Have a great 4th of July weekend.
Yellowstone continues to be a great fishing option for those
wanting to wave the long rod. Waters up there are seeing good
hatches of PMDS, BWOs, Stoneflies and Drakes. If you're
fishing lakes (lewis, yellowstone) leeches
and a variety of streamers will do. Also
keep an eye out for Callibaetis. The Green river has come
down a bit and even though it's off color, it'll fish. The Snake is
still running really big and I would hold off
fishing it. If you have to do it, big stonefly
nymphs tight along the bank will fool a few fine
spotted cutthroat. Tributaries in the northern part of Teton Park
are looking decent. Pacific creek, Pilgrim,
etc. might just be worth a look....
Oh man, I can see summer coming! All of a sudden it's hot
here in Jackson Hole. Runoff from the high country has
accelerated and it shouldn't be too long
before our big rivers clear. Right now is
the time to fly fish Yellowstone's famous Firehole and Madison
rivers! Expect good dry fly fishing with BWOs, PMDs and
Caddis. If the surface activity slows, put
on a small pheasant tail, caddis pupa or
peacock soft hackle and fish the riffles.... At the moment,
the Snake's blown out as is the Green, Salt and New Fork
rivers. Don't worry though, the way the
snow's melting, it won't be long before
these turn on. Lakes are fishing well with leeches, midges
and flying ants. Definately some great fishing to be had, you
just have to be flexible with your
Memorial Day weekend marks the opening of the
Yellowstone fishing season; an important
date for us fly fishing folk. Waters like
the Firehole River are a great place to spend a day fly fishing
right now. Make sure your box has PMDs,
Caddis, BWOs and Soft hackles. Small
Nymphs like phesant tails and princes are great too.
The Snake is in runoff; between snowmelt and damn releases,
it's really not a viable option right now.
The Green river has had some good
days. Much depends on flow. Even when muddy, nymphs and
streamers along the bank can provoke aggressive strikes from
brown trout. Otherwise, area lakes are a good bet and it's hard
to go wrong with small leeches. As days
get warmer, also consider a flying ant
pattern... If i were you, I'd fish Jellystone or that secret
small stream that stays in good shape.
It's spring in the Rockies and to be successful, you got to
be flexible. Most of our rivers and
streams here in Jackson Hole are now
muddy with runoff. Water levels are rising, but cooler weather
the past few days has slowed things. I was on the Green today
with a client and it fished pretty well with nymphs. Saw lots of
BWOs but no fish rising. The Green will be day-to-day; if it's
cold at night and cool during the day it'll
fish, if it warms up and rises, not so
much. The nice things is that even when off color, the Green
fishes well. Stones and worms are my favorites, as are
streamers. Many lakes are now free of
ice. Using a sinking line and stripping
leeches is a good tactic. Keep an eye out for Griz. They're out
and about.... Certain small streams can
also fish well now if you know where to
4/22/16 Late April and fishing options are increasing. The
Snake's been pretty good lately with both dry flies, nymphs
and streamers. Smaller parachute
adams, dark stoneflies, etc. will get the
job done with fish feeding in shallower riffles, while a size 10 or
12 skwala type patter (or chernobyl) along the bank can be
deadly. With temps on the rise, so are
our rivers. The Snake can go from clear
to green overnight so be prepared. Streamers are a good idea
if you reach the water and find it murky. I expect over the next
few weeks the clariety will decrease
and we'll soon be in runoff mode. Then
it'll be time to turn attention to area lakes and the waters
that flow out of them. I love fishing our lakes in the springtime.
Drifiting by boat slowly along the shore and sight fishing to
cruising trout is a blast!- think
4/5/16 We're slowly easing into spring here. Fly fishing is
pretty damn good right now; lots of hungry trout and not many
folks on the water. Snow is melting from the low country,
making it a little easier to get around.
The Snake through the Jackson is a
great place to fish right now. Expect good dry fly fishing on
most days beginning late morning and
continuing through the day (11am-
3:30ish). Fish can be found slpping in slow backwaters as
well as on the edges of seams. Also finding fish up in shallower
riffles too. Midges are the primary bug you'll see, but little
black stoneflies are also showing up.
Parachute adams, griffiths gnats,
renagades and various dark size 16 stoneflies will work. You
can nymph and fish streamer too, but
why would you do that when the fish
are rising? As daily temps continue to warm up, we should
start seeing some skwalas appear. An olive body rubberleg
creation twitched along the bank can
be deadly! Other smaller tributaries
are open now too but many are still cold and hard to access
due to snow. Fishing should be great
for the next month or so depending on
when the runoff starts.
3/1/16 Midges, that's the talk of the town. Local anglers
have been fishing various midge
patterns to rising fish this past week.
With warmer temperatures, dry fly fishing has really picked up
on the Snake. Pods of nice cutthroat
trout can be found in a variety of
waters. A well drifted size 20 parachute adams should get the
job done. If you want to get fancy, run
a griffith gnat or renagade off the
back of it. If it's windy and the fish aren't rising, get out the
nymphs (simple patterns) and fish the seams.... From now
through early May, the Snake should
really fish well.
2/23/16 What a difference a month makes. With the
worst of winter over, days are
warmer and noticably longer. This has
improved the fly fishing here in Jackson Hole, Wyoming! The
Snake is the best place to pursue
trout on the fly right now. Access can be
found from Moose down through the Snake river canyon.
Nymphing's the most productive way to fish overall, but these
warmer days also mean midges and fish feeding on the
surface. I like standard patterns like
Griffiths gnats, parachute adams,
renagades and small emergers. For nymphing, a larger stonefly
pattern with a trailing zebra midge or small prince or pheasant
tail should get the job done. Sure,
you can fish any number of other
newer "cool" patterns, but don't be afraid to keep it simple with
proven flies. Look for fish feeding in slow, deep water and also
in shallow water off riffles.
1/18/16 It's a new year and time for a new Jackson Hole
fly fishing report. Best game in town
right now is the Snake. Trout and
whitefish can be found in deeper pools, runs and seams. Right
now I'd say the best fly fishing is
with nymphs- pheasant tails, brassies,
zebra midges, princes, etc. However, it's been realitively warm
lately (low 30s) and I've seen midges on the surface. Keep an
eye out for subtle surface activty in
slow water. If you find some risers, I
like parachute adams',griffith's gnats, renegades, zelon
midges,etc. Best be on the water 11-3ish.
12/3/15 It's winter fishing season here in Jackson Hole.
Winter can be a fun time to fish around here provided you
don't mind the cold. A few things to
keep in mind when going fly fishing;
best time is the warmest part of the day (think 11-3). A good
assortment of basic nymphs will get the job done. Favorites of
mine are red and black zebra midges, prince nymphs and
phesant tails. Don't forget some
larger rubber-leg stonefly patterns too.
While most action is going to be subsurface, it is possible to
catch fish on top. I like Griffiths
gnats and tiny parachute adams. Look
for slow, deep water, as that's where most fish will be holding.
If you're coming out to Jackson Hole
to ski, but think you might like to
sneak in alittle fly fishing, give me a shout; I guide year round
and love taking adventurous folks out for some winter fly
11/8/15 Early winter is upon us here in Jackson Hole and
it's time to transition to winter fly
fishing. November marks the closure
of some rivers around here but there are still plenty of fishy
options around. The best local water to fish is going to be the
Snake. Wade fishing access is good at any number of boat
ramps. Right now nymphing and
tiny dries are your best options. Carry a
good selection of mideges and BWO patterns. Look for fish
feeding in slow runs of water and
usually if you find one fish, you can
expect others in the same area. Best fishing is going to be from
around noon to three. Streamer junkies can cast patterns too.
Also, head down to the Salt. Browns should be moving up the
river from Palisades. Stay warm.
10/22/15 Late October fishing has been pretty good lately.
The weather's stayed pretty
consistant and fish are feeding. On the
Snake, the best fishing is around noon-3. You can certainly
catch fish before and after these
times, but I think you'll find the best
action in the middle of the day. Look for fish holding and
feeding in shallow riffles and tight
to banks and structure. Typically now that
flows are low, if you find one fish, you will find more...
parachute adams, small purple
haze, BWOs in various stages, midges,
october caddis and stimulators. Same flies for the last few days
Flat creek is open. Remember to get above the work TU is
doing on the stream. Waters in
Yellowstone are fishing well. The Madison
has some large fish in it and the Firehole offers up some good
dry fly fishing, particularly on
cloudy, cool days. Brown trout are on the
move at Lewis lake and the upper Snake. Diddo on the Green.
The Salt river varies day to day.
Small parachute adams and BWOs
should work on risers. Otherwise, larger hopper/dropper setups
will get you some fish. Streamers
fished tight to structure might entice
the larger fish...
10/12/15 Flows on the Snake have dropped to winter
levels. Fishings still good but the
fish can be a bit more selective. Target
riffles, long runs and banks. The best action will be 10-3ish.
BWOs, October caddis, parachute
adams and smaller chernobyls and
chubbies should work for you. If you're determined to fish
subsurface, smaller sculpin streamers and white/grey
streamers should fool fish.
Floating will take extra time due to flows, so don't
be afraid to push down river to better water...
While low, many of our smaller tributaries are still fishing
fairly well. Target the green water
and cover lots of ground. Keep an eye
out for sippers tight along slow banks. Flat Creek on the refuge
is getting some work done on it.
If you're fishing it, fish it above the
hatchery to avoid muddy water, etc.
Yellowstone Park is a great place to be right now. Anglers
are targeting fish on the Madison
and the Firehole has cooled down.
Best fishing is on overcast (lousy weather) days. Expect BWOs
and white miller caddis. Swinging
soft hackles is always a good bet
when nothing else is happening. Brown trout are becoming
active in the Lewis lake area.
9/19/15 Fall fishing is in full swing around here. Overall
the Snake continues to fish really
well with dry flies, although patterns
vary. Riffles are fishing well from 11-2 everyday, with abundant
bugs hatching and fish rising. When the fish stop rising so
eagerly to PMDs, Hecubas,
Mahogany Duns, etc. Try an attractor pattern
like a royal or black trude... Fishing in the southwest part of
Yellowstone are picking back up. From here on out, the Firehole
and Madison are great option for those looking for great dry fly
and streamer fishing. And don't
forgot the upper Snake; it's a fun place
to fish too! Other area rivers are also fishing about as good as
they can with various dry flies.
8/25/15 Great fishing right now. Get out there! Cold
nights have made fishing really
good on the Snake. Look for feeding fish
in shallow riffles (PMDs, some caddis, Mahogany duns and
Hecubas). Hopper type patterns are getting it done along the
banks- tan, purple red foam-rubber leg type flies should fool
some nice fish. If all else fails
put on a parachute hare's ear... The Salt's
fishing good. The morning into afternoon offers anglers some
good dry fly fishing. Look for fish
sipping in slow runs and seams.
Crowds are thinning out on Flat Creek. September and October
are great times to fish the
Refuge. Fishing's best in the morning and
evening. Expect to see some PMDs, Tricos, Grey Drakes and
Mahogany duns. Caddis in the afternoon. Stalk feeding fish
there; sight fishing is the best
way to be successful. All tributaries are in
good shape. Look for color changes and green water and you'll
8/8/15 The hardest part about fishing in Wyoming during
the summer is deciding which
waters to fish. Overall just about
everything is fishing well. Lately the Snake's been pretty good.
A mix of flies and tactics will
work depending on the weather. I like to
fish big attractors in the morning, switching to a parachute
adams or PMD in the late
morning. There are some hoppers around and
twitching a smaller hopper pattern along the bank can get
some aggresive takes.
Tributaries of the Snake fish well with just about
anything- hoppers, attractors, stimulators, PMDs, etc. The
Green's hit or miss now that the
flows are lower. I still think it's a viable
option for folks looking to head hunt, but don't expect big
numbers.... The Salt is fishing well in the am with PMDs, small
parachute adams and BWO emergers. Flat Creek on the refuge
is now open and fishing well in
it's usual challenging way. Look for
rising fish and match the hatch. Sparkle duns (PMDs, Grey
drakes, Tricos) as well as caddis
and terrestrials are all good to carry.
7/1/15 Most waters in the greater Jackson Hole area are
fishing well. The Snake looks good and is treating anglers to
some good dry fly fishing. Most
fish are on the smaller side, but every
now and then a big comes up our of a deep riffle or seam.
Yellow sallies, PMDs, various
chernobyl type patterns and caddis are all
working well. The Green if offering much the same (add grey
drakes to your box). The best fishing on both these waters is
early morning to lunch time.
Temperatures in the 90s lately have slowed
the afternoon fishing. Other waters like the Hoback are also
fishing well with big stonefly
patterns. It's a great time to be fly fishing
around Jackson Hole. Just be sure to focus on the cooler parts
of the day.
6/24/15 A few new things to note on the fishing around
here. First off, due to the
recent heat, fishing on the Firehole, Madison
and Nez Perce is done for the summer. Water temperatures
lately have soared. Best to
leave the trout alone until the fall. Now for
the good news. Float fishing is on! The Green has come down
considerably and is in pretty good shape. PMDs, Grey Drakes,
caddis, Yellow Sallies, Golden stones; all are hatching and fish
are starting to feed on top.
Nymphing has been productive- rubber-leg
stonefly patterns, worms, etc. The Snake through the Jackson
valley too has cleared dramatically and is certainly worth a
float. Visability is good along
banks and riffles. Expect it to just get
better and better. Tributaries like the Gros Ventre ane Hoback
are still off color, but should
come around sooner rather than later
(especially the Hoback). Northern tributaries like Pacific Creek
and the upper Snake look
fishy and smaller alpine lakes continue to fish
well, especially on top (callibaetis and flying ants).
6/18/15 Oh summer how I love thee. Weather's good,
streams are clearing and trout are hungry. Yellowstone waters
like the Firehole, Madison,
Lewis, etc. are all fishing well and worth the
drive north. PMDs, BWOs and Caddis (small dark #18, #14 tan
and large #12 miller caddis)
can all be found hatching up there. Also
starting to see yellowsallies. If nothing's happening on top,
swing a soft hackle or tight-
line some smaller nymphs. The Snake's still out
of commission save the stretch below the dam. Tributaries up
north like pacific creek have
dropped and look pretty good. I'd head up
there with some stonefly patterns and green drakes... Looks
like the Green has peak and
started to fish decent. Large nymphs and
worms will get it done... Thats the word around these parts!
6/9/15 Fishing conditions vary greatly depending on
where one chooses to fish
around Jackson Hole. Right now my top pick for
best place to fish is the Firehole, Lewis and other waters in the
southwest part of Yellowstone National Park. The Snake and
other big tributaries are high
with runoff. I expect the Green to start
fishing well soon. Lakes are a great place to wet a line right
now, both bigger waters like
Jenny and smaller, off the beaten path
lakes like Bearpaw (beware of mosquitos!) With temperatures
in the 80s forecasted, it
shouldn't be long before our runoff ends and
great dry fly fishing begins!
5/25/15 I'm gonna keep this short as much of our water
is out of commission. Most
big waters (ie. Snake, Green, Hoback,
Gros Ventre) are high and muddy with runoff. The bright spot
right now is the fishing in
the south west part of Yellowstone Nation
Park. The Firehole river is the place to be this time of year.
Great dry fly fishing awaits
anglers willing to make the drive north. I'd
carry the following flies- BWOs, PMDs (both emergers, cripples
and duns) and caddis in
various sizes. A peacock soft hackle can be
deadly in riffles, especially when fish aren't rising. Also,
remember the bear spray...
it's that time of year. Otherwise, area lakes are
keeping anglers happy- Jenny, Phelps, Taggert, etc.
5/16/15 Weather is a fickle thing. The change back to
cooler temperatures have
opened up a few fly fishing options here in
Jackson Hole. Right now, the Green has dropped and is pretty
clear allowing anglers, both
float and wade fishermen to have pretty
good days. Nymphs and streamers are most effective, even
when the Green's off color.
Look for caddis and stoneflies on top. The
Snake's cleared a bit but is still high and off color. You could
pick up some fish on it, but
I'd head elsewhere. The Salmonflies are
hatching on the Henry's Fork right now. The biggest
concentration of bugs
seems to be below warm river but I expect it to move
north. Area lakes are a good bet right now, ensuring clear
water and hungry fish.
Conditions will change dramatically in the next
few weeks depending on weather.
5/9/15 Warm, spring weather and a decent amount of
rain and thunderstorms
have made a lot of our water here in Jackson
Hole muddy and not worth fishing. The bright spot lately is
area lakes. Many, including
Jackson lake are free of ice and are fishing
pretty well. Lake trout, cutthroat and browns can be found
cruising the shallows,
feeding after a long winter. I like to to fish with an
intermediant sinking line and a variety of streamers. Leeches
and small baitfish make up
a large part of the lake trout's diet right
now, so stripping a mohair leech in black or brown is a good
idea. Yellowstone park's
fishing season opens in a few weeks (Memorial
Day weekend) and I expect some fantastic fishing up there on
the Firehole. Better stock
up on soft hackles, PMDs, BWOs and
4/26/15 The main take away for the current fishing
conditions is that much
depends on the weather.... Lately temperatures have
been pretty warm causing most of our area rivers to rise and
become dirty with runoff. With the forecast caling for sun and
temperatures in the 70s this week I expect flow to ramp up. If
you end up wetting a line
in dirty water, i'd use some bigger dark
stonefly nymphs and streamers. Probably the best bet for
fishing around here for the
next month or two will be area lakes. Ice is
coming off them and this can make for some fun fishing.
4/7/15 Fishing on the Snake and surrounding rivers
continues to be good.
Much depends on the weather right now. As long as
temperatures stay cold at night, waters will remain in good
shape for fly fishing.
Streamers and dry flies are fishing well on the Snake
at the moment. Be prepared to carry various fly patterns and
don't be afraid to switch
things up. BWOs are popping in the afternoons
and a parachute adams or BWO pattern will entice fish. Also
keep an eye out for
midges, black stone flies and Skwala stones; all of
which can make an appearance and get fish rising. When dries
aren't working, don't be afraid to throw a streamer, particularly
in slow, deep pools and
seams. If all else fails, put on a double
nymph rig and see who's hungry on the bottom....
3/22/15 Early spring fishing continues to shine around
Jackson Hole. A lot of anglers are having success on the Snake
with a variety of patterns and techniques. As far as dry fly
fishing goes, midges,
BWO, small black stoneflies, etc are all fooling fish.
Look for risers in riffles, seams and slow foam lines and back
eddies. Keep an eye out too for large Skwala stoneflies as we
should start seeing them soon. Basic nymphs- hare's ears,
copper johns, princes
and pheasant tails are always a good bet for
subsurface fishing. Streamer fishing is pretty good right now
too; various wooly
buggers, articulated beasts and sculpine patterns are
moving fish. Conditions should continue to be good for the next
few weeks, so don't hesitate to get out there and cast a line!
3/3/15 We've made it to March which means already
stellar winter fishing will
get better and better as days get longer and
warmer. Our local cutthroat trout on the Snake have been
active feeding on
midges lately. As always, simple patterns like the
Griffith's gnat and parachute adams work well. When fish aren't
feeding on top, put some nymphs on and dead drift them. I've
found some nice fish lying in shallow(6-12") side channels who
happily take zebra midges subsurface. In addition to the dry
and nymph fishing,
don't be afraid to work a streamer. Now that things
are warming up, fish will become more likely to chase (and eat)
an aggressively fished
1/23/15 Not much new to report. Temperatures keep
fluctuating around here, but overal it's been on the cold side.
Looks like a warming trend is coming though. If temps get into
the high 30s look for
midges on the surface during the warmest part
of the day. Otherwise, I'd fish a tandem nymph rig- think
zebra midge and small
red chironomid, copper john with zebra midge,
etc. Larger rising fish will be found in slow water. Still best to
fish between 11ish and
1/3/15 Let's get the new year off to a good start with a