The Snake Continues To Fish Well With Forest Fires Near By

We are all thinking about the folks being affected by the Cliff Creek fire just outside Bondurant Wyoming.  We regularly drive through Bondurant on the way to The Green all spring and early summer, so seeing this fire encroach on this beautiful town has us all on the edge of our seats as firefighters battle to keep this community safe.  Everyone keep your fingers crossed for a little rain to knock the flames down!

 

Despite the fire to the south, The Snake is still fishing strong.  Nice cutties continue to feed on big chernobyls throughout the day.  Our guides are reporting finding fish on riffles, drop offs, seams, as well as fast banks.  Throwing a mayfly dropper off the back of your dry can also be a good way to turn up some fish if the activity slumps off at all.

 

Call the shop to book a trip with us! Slots are filling up fast as people are coming to the river to still get outside with the smokey atmosphere.

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A Great Day On The Snake

Our guide Will had a great trip with Dan and Anne from Minnesota today.  It was a gorgeous day in Jackson, and the dry fly fishing was phenomenal.  Will reported that they were finding really nice fish along banks, as well as in the riffles.  Dan and Anne had never fly fished before today, but they picked it up fast!  They did quite well fishing with big dries, such as chernobyls and parachute adams, and smaller mayfly droppers like prince nymphs and copper johns.  Give us a call to get out on the water and enjoy some killer dry fly fishing with one of our great guides!FullSizeRender (1)

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Fishing Is On!

The fishing in the Jackson Hole region has been quite good over the past few days.  Fish are eating big dry flies on The Snake, South Fork, and Green River.  This is the time of year we all dream for throughout the winter.  Go ahead and put those bobbers back in your pack!  On The Snake, our guides are having great luck using big dry flies such as hoppers and large mayfly patterns.  We are finding many of the big fish are coming back to the rivers now that the spawn is over in our tributaries.  These fish are hungry and looking up! On the South Fork, big bugs (AKA salmon flies) are winding down, but PMDs and golden stones are quite thick and fish are stacked in the riffles.  If headed to The Green, the water is dropping fast, but our guides are still bringing great reports of big fish eating both drake and foam patterns.  Now is a great time to book a trip and get out on the water.  Call now to book a trip!

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Runoff Is Upon Us

Warm temperatures and occasional rainy days have left The Snake and Green Rivers quite muddy.  Although this means the fishing is not great right now, these weeks of flooding are crucial to the health of our local rivers.  High flows flush our rivers of excess sediment, and clears our the river beds to allow for better insect habitat and spawning grounds.   Fortunately, we still have some great options for fishing!  Our private access on Cottonwood Lake allows us to take folks out to learn a bit about lake fishing.  We have been catching some really nice cutthroat and lake trout on streamers, dries, and nymphs.  If a float down the river is what you are really looking for, still give us a call.  We can always get you on the South Fork of the Snake for a full day of fishing on clear water!

 

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Well, it was a bit of a long winter here in Jackson Hole

The Tetons received over 400 inches of snow this year, which is really good news for our western rivers.  Lots of snow in the mountains leads to better habitat for both aquatic bugs as well as trout!  Pre-runoff, we had some really great days dry fly fishing on The Snake.  Midges were out in full force throughout much of March, and with some beautiful days in the 40s and 50s, there wasn’t a better place to be than the river.  Although the water became muddy about a week ago, cooler weather over the last couple of days has cleared the water up a bit, allowing us to get back out on The Snake.  If you are looking to get out and do some dry fly fishing, don’t be afraid to throw some big foam, skwala patterns between 1 and 5 pm, or during the heat of the day.  Remember, skwalas aren’t flyers, they swim.  Get that foam twitching and be ready for some nice cutties looking up!  If you are looking for a guide to get you out on the water, don’t hesitate to call.  Our staff is more than excited to be up and running for the season!  Tight lines!”

Fishing on The Snake River is still going strong

Fishing on The Snake River is still going strong.  Unseasonably warm temperatures and sunny days this mid October have provided us with some phenomenal fall fishing.  The water releasing out of the Jackson Lake Dam has settled to our wintertime flows, and the fish are fired up, putting on the pounds for our long winter here in Jackson.  Our guides are still finding fish looking up for blue wing olives on slow flats and riffles.   In between these spots, we are still finding fish eating big foam dry flies as well as small dropper dries and nymphs.  We hope this nice weather and good fishing continues for a bit longer, allowing us to get more days on the water!

Beautiful Days week of September 21

The best fishing of the year is upon us.  Nights are cool, the days are hot and the Cutthroat know that winter is just around the corner.   Guides are reporting that the fish are keying onto smaller patterns.  Where size 10-14 parachute adams and similar ties have been the ticket, its time to go smaller.  Best success will be found with size 16-18 flies.   If conditions warrent these smaller patterns can be tied behind another larger bug.  The bigger fly is up for depate as some are using size 14 dries while others are throwing big foam attractors up front.  Flows are to continue through the week with the first scheduled reduction being October 1st.  netted fish

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September is Fishing in Jackson Hole

Every year this crew makes its pilgrimage to Jackson Hole in September for the best fishing of the year.  Even though they timed some cooler wet weather this year the Insulate America team fished it hard every day and crushed it on streamers and on size 10-14 mayflies.

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Fish Creek

The dry fly fishing on our private access to Fish Creek continues to be extremely productive. Longtime GFA client, Rod Moorhead, had a spectacular day and landed some real pigs all on the surface.

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Fishing Report 7/17/15

With continued cool temperatures throughout the Teton area, the fish have remained active, and the fishing productive.  The dry fly fishing has been exceptional in the mornings and late afternoons.  We have experienced a lull in the action from 2-4 pm, however, getting down and dirty with double a nypmh rig is still producing!

The Snake:

The dry fly fishing on the Snake is consistent throughout the day.  Our guides have reported that Chubby Chernoybl’s (size 8-12) in gold, orange, and purple have been producing from Moose to the canyon.  The key is fishing these right next to the bank and in slower water adjacent to seam lines.   There has been a productive mayfly hatch throughout the afternoon, and using a classic parachute Adams (size 12-18) has been the ticket!  If you haven’t tried the UV2 Para-Adams (size 12-18) we would definitely suggest adding a couple to your fly box.   As for a double nymph rig, the tried and true rubber legs followed by a red copper john/flashback pheasant tail/lightning bug continues to work well.  If you are fishing from Moose to Wilson we would highly recommend using a Two Tone Stone in a size 6 or 8 instead of a rubber legs.

The Green:

The rio verde has been a fickle beast as of late.  If the sky is overcast be prepared for great dry fly, nymph, and streamer action, however, conversely during blue bird days be prepared to throw your entire fly box as the fish are very fickle.  Chubby Chernobyl’s with segmented (black/white) legs have been doing exceptionally well.  Trailing a bead head pheasant tail (size 8-12) will definitely work well when the top water action slows down.  As for streamers: a classic yellow sex dungeon, swimming jimmy, and bad boy in yellow have all been producing well.

The South Fork of the Snake Idaho:

The salmon fly madness is finally over on the South Fork, so the river will be noticeably less busy.  Top water action is still very productive throughout the day, with the height of the hatch occurring from 4-8pm.  Throughout the day a circus peant/water walker in size 6-8 have been productive.  A good trick to entice fish to strike is giving your water walker/circus peanut some movement. Fishing a PMD cripple or emerger in the riffles has also been extremely fantastic.  Try mixing up your PMD from yellow to cream/pink.  The streamer action picks up considerably from 8ish to dark.  As light fades go from dark colored streamers (black and olive) to light colored flashy streamers (orange, yellow, white).