August 20th, 2018

August 20th, 2018

This cooler weather is just what the fish were looking for! Conditions throughout Jackson Hole have been excellent, although a bit smoky. Emerging mayfly and caddis are out daily providing fish yet another prime food source, and for the angler, a wonderful dry fly opportunity. Many of the smaller tributaries are producing great results with similar flies to what is working on the major river systems.

Snake River

The Snake flows have continued to gradually slow to around 2,500 cfs as of this morning. The best fishing has generally been early mornings, but with these cooler temps and some cloud cover, the mid day and afternoon fishing will hopefully pick up a bit. In addition to several hopper patterns, try some Jake’s Trigger Bellies, Purple Chernobyls, or Royal Water Walkers. Nymphing as usual, works well on the Snake, especially on a dry/dropper rig with foam on top. Streamers continue to be a fun way to bring in fish as well; with Kreelex and Lil Kim.

South Fork of the Snake

Over on the South Fork fishing has been really good with some more careful presentations and lighter tippets. Try a couple of dries on 6x tippet in shallow riffles or switch it up and fish a double nymph rig for the best chances to get into some bigger fish. When thinking about dries, look to small PMDs and BWOs. Foam is still working, just not to the same extent that it was a couple of weeks ago. If you do want to get under the surface, try a Splitback PMD, or Pat’s Rubber Legs. Streamers have been a good bet as well.


For more local insight, flies, and gear; come in to see us at the shop on Moose Wilson Rd! We are still booking trips for late August and September now so if you are interested in a guided trip, contact us soon so we can ensure you a spot!