Fall on the Snake

Snake river cutthroat trout.

We are having some gorgeous Fall days in Jackson Hole lately, and the fishing is great.  It has been warming up nicely mid-day and we’ve seen some bugs hatching.  Blue wings are out in force and the fish are looking for them.  Mahoganies and October caddis are also flying around and can get a look from eating fish.  Cooler mornings mean its a good plan to fish a dry dropper set up.  Smaller nymphs have been working well.  Try out the dry fly as bugs pop out and the day heats up!

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!

brook trout caught on Cottonwood Lake

It’s Spring in Jackson Hole

Spring is in full effect here in the Tetons and the rivers are high. We had another year of big snowpack, which will make for a great fishing season. If you need to scratch your angling itch, we have some good early season options. Cottonwood Lake is a great place to knock the rust off your cast and catch lake, brook, and cutthroat trout.   Our guides are monitoring the private waters that we fish, and both Lake and Fish creeks can be a good wade option. Click here for more information about our private water. Give us a call for the most up-to-date report on the spring creeks: 307-734-9684.

Fly fishing guide on Snake River

Fall is in the air…

Cutty on the Snake.

What a lovely time of year…the leaves are changing, tourist season has slowed, and the fish are still eating foam!  The Snake continues to fishing well.  Fishing with foam has been really consistent.  Lots of different patterns (hopper, ant, stonefly) and colors (the whole rainbow) have been working, depending on the stretch of water you are fishing.  We are also seeing some hatches through out the day, mostly mayflies and caddis.  PMD patterns are fishing well.  There have been a few Hecuba spotted and a larger mayfly pattern can also get eats.  The streamer fishing is picking up and cloud cover seems to really help get the fish moving.  Look to banks, structure and riffles for the most consistent bites.

Mayfly hatch on the Snake.

Snake River Fishing

Mid-August Fishing Report

A successful day on Fish creek.

It’s terrestrial season on the Snake!  We have seen lots of grasshoppers and crane flies, think foam.  The trusty chubby chernobyl will bring a fish to the top.  In the mornings PMD’s and caddis are flying and a good option.  In general, the fishing has been best midday when the temperatures warm a bit.  Streamers can also be effective when fished on banks and structure.

The fishing on the spring creeks continues to be good.  PMD’s, hoppers and chubbies are getting big fish to the surface on these beautiful little stretches of water.

The Green has seen a lot of pressure this season and the fish are getting picky.  We are seeing trout on terrestrials – hoppers and beetles – and PMD’s.  Get there early as the fishing is the best in the morning.

Cutthroat trout fly fishing

The Snake comes into shape.

 

This week on the Snake saw more big fish eating on the surface, and we are excited about it!  Terrestrials are getting the trout fired up, hitting a variety of foam patterns such as circus peanuts and the trusty chubby chernobyl.  We are seeing the occasional PMD and caddis hatch, so these are also good choices if you see bugs flying around.  A hopper-dropper is a great way to start the day as you wait for the grasshoppers to start buzzing around.

Fishing on the spring creeks is still good and we are seeing nice fish come up on dries.  If you have a hankering to wade around a beautiful creek with big fish, this is your spot!

Fish Creek produces another beautiful cutthroat trout.

releasing a brown trout into the green river wyoming

August 1 Fishing

A nice rainbow caught on the Green.

Wow, it’s August! We have finally hit flows that are consistent with the historical average on the Snake and the fishing is coming into shape.  We are seeing risers on chubby chernobyls and other foam, think circus peanuts and water walkers.  Starting the day on nymphs (rubber legs, pheasant tails) or with a hopper-dropper is a great way to get hits as the morning warms up.

The Green has seen a lot of traffic this summer, and the fish are getting wise.  On the upper stretches fish are coming up to ants, beetles, and small pmds.  There are big fish to be had, it is just taking a little more time and patience.

Fish creek is a beautiful wade option.  We have been seeing grey drakes, small yellow stones, caddis flies.  There are big cutties in the spring creeks and will come up to well presented flies.

Fly Fishing on Fish Creek

The Snake, the Green, and Spring Creeks

A nice Snake river cutthroat.

 

The Snake River:

We are getting closer to normal summer levels on the Snake every day.  Clarity has improved and we are right around the corner from some great fishing.  Your best bet is fishing the soft water – riffles, trenches, slow eddies and banks.  That said, we are starting to see the occasional hit in quick riffles, especially on an attractor pattern.  Nymphing with rubber legs and mayfly nymphs has been productive.  A hopper-dropper is also a good bet, with fish coming up to circus peanuts, water walkers, chubbies…foam!

 

 

 

 

Grey drake sipper on the Green river.

 

 

The Green:

The Green is dropping and clearing.  In general it is fishing best in the first half of the day, and cloud cover will often help with the dry fly bite.  Drakes and chubbies are catching fish.  A nymph rig or streamer stripped along the bank are also productive if the trout aren’t rising.

 

 

 

 

Hooked up on Fish Creek.

 

 

Spring Creeks:

Lake creek and Fish creek are still fishing well.  The bigger trout are getting a little pickier but are definitely still eating well presented flies.  We are seeing a variety of bugs hatching on the creek, with PMDs and small caddis bringing fish to the surface.  The trout are starting to key into foam, so hopper-dropper rigs are another great option.

 

Trout caught while fly fishing

The Green is fishing…well.

Brown trout caught on the Green.

Another nice brown from the Green river.

 

The Green is in!  We have had some great days on the Green river as it drops and clears.  There have been HUGE drake hatches and some of the fish are looking up to dries.  Drakes and stone flies have attracted the most interest, with the promise of more stones on the way as both golden stones and yellow sallies have been hatching with increased frequency.  The nymph fishing has been consistent and productive.  Like the dries, a stone or mayfly nymph is a good bet, and the trusty worm in pink and red will produce fish.  If the clouds roll in and you get an overcast day, dark streamers will move some big browns.  Fish creek is still fishing well and a great wade option close to Jackson!

It’s good to have lots of option when the bugs are hatching.

Fly Fishing Guide Grant Leffel

Damn, that’s high water!

Emery Rheam with a beautiful cutty on Fish Creek.

The Tetons continue to shed their massive snowpack and the rivers are still raging.  These conditions will do a load of good for the fishery going forward.  The rivers will, most likely, stay cooler longer (happy trout!) and late summer and fall fishing will be great.  The high water also flushes sediment out of gravel beds, making ideal spawning habitat and healthier future fish populations…yay high water!

Fortunately, if you have the itch to fish we are still having a lot of success on Cottonwood Lake and the Spring Creeks on Snake River Ranch.  A variety of tactics are pulling a variety of trout, and there is a good chance that the warming weather will bring out dry flies.  Come enjoy the beautiful summer weather with us, let’s catch fish!

 

 

Impromptu rowing lesson on Cottonwood Lake. You can’t beat the views!