Snake River Fly Fishing Report

Snake River Fly Fishing Report

Check the snake river fly fishing report for the most up-to-date fly fishing conditions on the Snake River in Jackson Hole.  The Snake River is a fantastic fishery for anglers of all ability levels. The fishery is very healthy, with strong numbers of native Snake River Finespot Cutthroat Trout. The average size fish is 8″ – 14″, with many fish over 16″ and a surprising amount in the 20″+ range. The beginning angler will have plenty of opportunities to hook and land trout in all size ranges, while getting the big ‘yellow bellies’ to pose for a picture takes some skill.

There are 80 miles of fish-able river between Jackson Lake Dam and the end of the canyon at Palisades Reservoir. The upper stretch flows approx 35 miles through Grand Teton National Park and offers some of the most majestic scenery imaginable. The lower river has many different characteristics and produces some of the most consistent fishing.

While fishing the Snake from a drift boat is the most productive way to fish the river, there are many good wading accesses, stop by the shop and we will draw you a map! Enjoy the latest report from Westbank Anglers.


May 8th, 2017

  Snake River (Jackson Hole) and it's Tributaries: Spring is finally here, bringing with it warm temperatures and high water. The Snake River and it's tributaries are blown out from Pacific Creek all the way to Palisades Reservoir, the only remaining clear water is the 5 mile stretch from Jackson Lake Dam to Pacific Creek Landing. With 5...... read more

April 26th, 2017

Snake River (Jackson Hole):  The Snake River here in the Jackson Hole Valley has still not entered into its run-off stage, if you had asked us one month ago if this would be the case, we would have said "No way!". We have continued to see cold temperatures especially at high elevations, this has kept the river relatively clear and fishable. Flows...... read more

April 17th, 2017

Snake River (Jackson Hole)- The fishing on the Snake continues to be solid, again nothing outstanding but it continues to produce good fishing. Our pre-runoff fishing window is sticking around longer than anticipated, colder temperatures and cloudy skies have extended this hard to predict early season. Flows at the Jackson Lake Dam have been...... read more

March 30th, 2017

Snake River (Jackson Hole): Flows on the Snake have been holding steady at 3500 for about a week now. Steady flows combined with cold nighttime temperatures have slowed the low elevation snow melt. This means that, until the daytime temps get warm enough to really start melting snow, the Snake is off color but in good shape to fish. The water...... read more

March 23rd, 2017

South Fork of the Snake River: Flows on the South Fork have been up at 16,000 for almost a week now, this has significantly changed the way the river looks. Water managers are aiming to empty the reservoirs to make room for the above average run-off that we are going to see. This means that flows on the South Fork will likely stay at or above...... read more

March 13th, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 fishing season, we are happy to be back! We have been experiencing some spring weather over the past 5 days and the fishing has responded. The South Fork of the Snake is the place to be, with warmer temperatures and mild weather, fishing tends to be better over the hill in Idaho this time of year. With all the snow we have...... read more

October 10th, 2016

Snake River: Jackson, Wyoming The weather in Jackson has been perfect recently and it has brought great fishing conditions back with it. The Snake is back in its Mid-Fall form and the fishing has been excellent. We are now down to our Winter Flows , the river is currently 273 cfs at Moran and 918 cfs at Moose. These flows can make for longer...... read more

September 18th, 2016

We have had some unsettled weather here in the past week which has made the fishing a little hard to predict. Cold and rainy mornings have given way to sunny afternoons, in most of these instances the fishing can be red hot. The theme of the last week..."you don't know unless you go". Weather windows in a rainy or cold weather pattern can produce...... read more

September 5th, 2016

The fishing on the Snake continues to be great. We have been seeing cooler fall temperatures and a lower water temperature, great news for fishing. The cooler temperatures are keeping the fish active and the fishing consistent. We have seen some very big fish landed recently, Guide Dean Burton's fish(below) is a great example of why we love this...... read more

August 28th, 2016

Our favorite time of the year is here at Westbank Anglers, the end of August and September offer some of the best dry fly fishing of the year. The fishing on the Snake has been GREAT and is just getting better. The dry fly fishing has been stellar all day long, with first time beginners boating dozens of fish. The mornings have started out nice...... read more

August 18th, 2016

As summer moves into mid- August, the fishing on the Snake has continuously improved over the past weeks. The flow rate at Moose has held around the 3,000 CFS mark, which in combination with our warm weather has produced good numbers off hoppers on the river. Anglers can catch numerous fish between the 8-14" range, and many fish in the 15-20"...... read more

July 31st, 2016

The Snake River here in the Jackson Hole Valley is in prime summer form, the water levels have dropped and the fishing is great. The fish are looking up for dry flies and are aggressively chasing streamers. While fishing the banks has been a successful  tactic, throwing small foam patterns and dry flies in the riffles has without a doubt produced...... read more

July 27th, 2016

Late July has brought some hot weather but along with it, came some productive fishing. The Snake has been holding steady around 3600 cfs at Moose, which has provided good fishing conditions. In the cool of the morning fishing Chernobyls or other foam flies with a nymph or smaller dry behind it can be a good idea, with fish hitting either fly....... read more

July 9th, 2016

The fishing on the Snake has been very productive this past week with both beginners and experienced anglers having great success. While many of the fish are smaller in size, they more than make up for it with their numbers. With that being said, we are beginning to see more and more big fish landed every day. At this point in the summer the fish...... read more

June 1st, 2016

Memorial Day weekend turned out to be a good one. Plenty of nice weather, and a lot of good fishing for Yellowstone’s opening weekend. Some of our guides headed up to Yellowstone to fish the lakes, and the Firehole River opening day. We had great reports from both water systems.  The Firehole was a little late with bugs hatching due to the cold...... read more

May 4th, 2016

Run off looks like its officially here. Spring finally came, and brought muddy water with it. I went and looked at the river at about 10am this morning, and again at 1:30. It is significantly higher and dirtier in just a matter of hours. It is safe to say it will only get worse from here on out. End of June into July is just around the corner, so...... read more

April 20th, 2016

Happy Hump day! I hope people are getting ready for some warm April weather this week. We have predicted temperatures climbing into the mid 60s on Friday. Fishing on the Snake could be good now that our recent colder weather has cleared up the water on Snake for the time being.  This weekend looks like it might cool down as well. The Snake,...... read more

April 12th, 2016

The good news is the warm weather last weekend gave us some great fishing on the Snake. The bad news is it was so warm, and accompanied by rain that it turned the water off color. We are unsure if run off is on its way, or if the cold temps by the end of the week will give the Snake a chance to clear again. We will just have to wait and...... read more

April 5th, 2016

April 5, 2016 It must be spring! Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is closed, and that means the Bakers dozen has started.  It is going to feel like spring out there this week with Warm temps in the forecast, and a nice break from wet weather Thursday and Friday. Fishing was pretty decent this weekend, the wind made it a little challenging at...... read more

March 29th, 2016

April is right around the corner, and it looks like we will have some spring like temps this weekend. Fishing has been good on the warmer days, and will only get better from now until run off starts. Lots of midges out there, and I have even heard rumors or Skwalas on the water. Although I would think it would need to warm up a little more before...... read more