April 24 – Quick update

April 24th, 2018

Here is a quick update on flows from Jackson Lake and Palisades.  Palisades was reduced to 16,000 on the 22nd of April, so until it goes up again, this is a great option for spring fishing.

The Snake in Jackson has remained steady coming out of the dam at 2,400, however, we are getting a hint of Spring and warmer temps resulted in increased inflows from the tributaries, the cold snap on Monday slowed it down a bit, but with the forecast for the rest of this week in the high 50’s and 60’s expect to see more influence from the area tributaries.  As we get additional snow melt influencing flows, the clarity of the Snake will be the issue  The bright point is that with warmer temps we should see some Skwallas pop, so even if the river is a bit ‘green’ the fish may get keyed into a skittering stonefly pattern.

You don’t know unless you go!

Jackson Lake Dam
Current Discharge: 2,400 CFS
Current Storage: 74% Full

Palisades Dam
Current Discharge: 16,000 CFS
Current Storage: 47% Full

Check our links to area flows at: https://www.westbank.com/

Spring Flies: Spring time nymphing has been popular around the valley with some occasional dry fly action. Midges, Rainbow warriors, WD-40’s, Brassies and Pats Rubber Legs (sizes #16-#20) have been some of the best patterns. Streamer fishing has been on and off, with Dungeons, Peanut Envy’s Barley Legals and Lil’ Kim’s being good flies to stock up on.

Don’t forget the Baker’s Dozen fly Sale currently going on at the shop, come by and stock up for the summer!