July 23, 2018

July 23rd, 2018


The summer fishing season keeps getting better here in Jackson Hole and Eastern Idaho! Wading smaller tributaries is producing awesome results, and floating the major river systems will put you on the fish as well…The Snake keeps getting better with average fish sizes on the rise, the Green is fishing well in the morning, and the South Fork is bringing up larger fish on smaller flies. Swing by the shop or give us a call at 307-733-6483 if you are looking for any advice or have any questions.

Snake River: The Snake is quickly coming into shape, partly due to lower flows with just over 2,000 cfs out of Jackson Lake, and the Snake at Moose is right at around 4,500 cfs. Throwing nymphs below a big piece of foam has been the most popular method on the Snake lately, and for good reason. Terrestrials (including Water Walkers and Chernobyls) are getting fish of all sizes to feed on the surface and adding a dropper like a lightning bug or pheasant tail has been working well.

South Fork of the Snake River: Discharge from Palisades sits at 11,600 cfs, as it has for the last several days. Big bugs (like Chernobyls) are bringing up some fish, but nymphing the deeper runs remains the most consistent method on the South Fork. If you like streamer fishing you’ll likely have a good day on the South Fork. But, watch for bugs in the afternoon and be ready to throw a PMD in the riffles. We expect fishing to remain solid as summer flows begin to normalize.


Green River: Make sure to get up before the sun for a good day on the Green. Early mornings continue to be the most productive. The fish are mostly hanging in deeper pools. Be sure to keep a dry fly rod ready, but nymphs and streamers have been catching the most fish.


Please treat the fish you catch carefully, and good luck out there…add #westbankanglers to all your awesome fishing pics.