July 24, 2018

July 24th, 2018

Over the past week we’ve seen fairly consistent fishing on most of the waters around Jackson Hole. Midweek is a great time to be out on the water if you can sneak away from work for a day. Lately, we’ve been seeing increased dry fly action on the South Fork, and continued improvements on the Snake. Be sure to head into the shop for the latest conditions and some unique flies that our guides have been taking out on the water around the region.

Snake River: Flows out of Jackson Lake Dam are holding steady at 2,000 cfs and tributaries have come down quite a bit, putting flows through the Snake River Canyon at 5,500 cfs. Dry flies like a Purple Haze, various PMDs, and a Royal Wulff should bring fish to the surface. Other fly recommendations from the past week should still hold, with Circus Peanuts, Water Walkers, and CDC Flashback Pheasant Tails being the most productive.

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.

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