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.


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

March 15th, 2016

March 15, 2016 After a warm end to February, and an even warmer start to March, winter has returned with snow and cold weather this week. Fishing was good there for a bit, but as Mother Nature brings winter back, things might slow down on the fishing side. It is March however, and with March comes warm afternoons, and good pre run off fishing....... read more

September 9th, 2015

I had the opportunity to sneak out of the shop and fish the Snake River this morning with one of the Westbank Anglers Guides and I was not disappointed. The morning started off a little chilly with temps in the mid 40’s. The fishing was solid but not red hot, we were seeing good action on dry flies and some streamer action as well. Stopping to...... read more

August 13th, 2015

Snake River The fishing on the Snake River has seen a noticeable improvement in the last few days.  We are starting to see bigger fish rising aggressively to hoppers and large dry flies throughout the day. The majority of the action has been in the heart of the day(10-4), but mornings have also been productive with late evening being the...... read more

August 2nd, 2015

Fishing season is in full swing on the Snake River in Jackson Hole!  The recent cooler temperatures have given way to warmer afternoons and the bugs are out and about, therefore the Cutties are out looking for some food.  We are seeing consistant dry fly action on the Snake River.  A variety of dries are working, with the old fashioned...... read more

July 2nd, 2015

  Summer is here and in full force. All area rivers in Jackson Hole are fishing and the boat ramps are busy.  Temperatures in the valley have been warm and mostly stable in the high 80’s during the day peaking at around 94 in some areas and cooling down in the evenings to low 50’s.  This has gotten the bug activity in action...... read more

June 21st, 2015

Here we are in mid June and we have some great options for fishing in our valley.  The runoff is subsiding and several of the area tributaries are clear and fishing well.  The main stretches of the Snake are still just a bit off color and running a bit high, but people are out catching fish, as someone said today, "it is clearing up by the...... read more

June 1st, 2015

After a long May with much needed moisture, summer feels like it is finally here. Most rivers in the local Jackson Hole area are high and muddy, but we still have some decent reports from other rivers within a short drive.  The Lakes in Yellowstone, high mountain streams, and the South Fork of the Snake have all been fishing pretty well, while...... read more

May 29th, 2015

Jackson Hole Fishing Report 5/26   The Snake's run off is well on its way with flows being measured at 6930 cfs in Moose this afternoon.  If the weekend forecast holds true flows should increase even more as warmer temperatures will speed up the snow melt process. There are still fishing options in the area. The South Fork of the...... read more

March 5th, 2015

Fishing Report 3/5 Our recent 10 day forecast is calling for some warm weather this weekend, and It looks like fishing the Snake could be pretty solid. Stick to the usual winter flies, and winter water.  Nymphing could be a good bet, but I wouldn’t be surprised with the warm weather to see some Beatis and midges on top. Streamer fishing low...... read more