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.


October 30th, 2017

All we can say is WOW, the weather has been great and the fishing has been equally as good. The action only lasts a few hours, but when its on it is on! There is no need to get an early start these days as the fishing does really heat up until around noon. As the day warms up the number of bugs increases and the fishing improves. By the middle...... read more

September 18th, 2017

The South Fork of the Snake River: What a time to be alive!...And to fish the rivers of the West. Late September has arrived, which means that cooler conditions are now in the forecast and summer time is in the rear view. Now, what does that mean? Well, with the recent cold snap, the fishing has picked up and we're loving it. Currently, the South...... read more

September 13th, 2017

Fall is here. Take advantage of the dry fly fishing while it lasts! The South Fork of the Snake - The flows coming out of Palisades have dropped the last few days bringing out some big Stone flies. Pink PMD's and hopper patterns have been working well in the riffles. The streamer fishing has been good and you can expect to see it pick up...... read more

August 15th, 2017

Spring Creek Openings:  Flat Creek: Those out for opening day this year found good fishing despite the crowds. Bugs began coming off as soon as the sun warmed things up enough, but fish took a little time to begin rising. Grey drakes, crane flies and mahoganies are out on the water along with a variety of other hatches. Imitations of these...... read more

July 24th, 2017

Snake (Jackson Hole): The Snake is continuing to clear despite last week's hailstorm with flows most recently reading 2,750 CFS out of the dam, 5,560 CFS at Moose, and 9,080 CFS in the canyon. The river is not quite at mid summer conditions, but it is getting there, and fishing is improving every day. The fish have been holding over in the slower...... read more

July 17th, 2017

  Snake (Jackson Hole): Hold the phone, cause its dropping!! Since our last report flows throughout the snake river system have been dropping and clarity continues to improve. Flows out of Jackson Lake Dam are 2500, which is the target flow for the summer, very similar to 2016 flows in July. We have been floating from the Dam to Pacific...... read more

July 3rd, 2017

Stillwater: Our area lakes are still fishing well, and can provide an exciting day on the water. The surface water is getting warmer and fish can be found near the surface eager to eat dry flies. Lewis and Yellowstone lakes are great options if you are willing to drive. Closer to home, Phelps and Jenny lake are both fishing with dries and small...... read more

June 24th, 2017

Stillwater: If your looking for a fun day of fishing with friends, family or just need a personal day, Jackson, Jenny and Lewis lake offer great fishing with stunning views. You can expect to catch Lake Trout, Brook Trout and Cutthroats. Now is the best time to fish the lakes,  both sinking and floating lines will all be useful for fishing here....... read more

June 16th, 2017

Stillwater: While the Snake is still in run-off, many of the lakes in the area are still proving to be consistent fisheries. Fishing streamers at variable depths on Jenny, Jackson, and Lewis Lake continue to keep anglers smiling and coming back. Look to fish streamers all day long. Patterns: JJ Special (#6-#10), Jake’s CDC Squirrel Leech...... read more

June 10th, 2017

Stillwater: With the Snake and its tributaries still high and muddy, our local lakes have been the ticket to catching fish. Jenny, Jackson, and Lewis Lakes are all great options this time of year. Streamers will produce fish all day long worked at the right depth, and the surface action has begun to heat up. Look for the flying ants on Jenny Lake...... read more

June 2nd, 2017

June 2nd Update:  South Fork of the Snake River: Flows on the South Fork were bumped up to 14,000 cfs, the water is starting to look better in terms of clarity, but expect the fishing to be off for a few days as the fish adjust to the new flows. We expect the South Fork to be pretty dynamic in the coming weeks with water clarity improving with...... read more

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