Jackson Hole Fishing 2018

June 28th, 2018

The past two weeks have held a minor setbacks including a long period of rain and low water temperatures, but it seems that we have finally turned the corner! The Green River and the South Fork of the Snake River are still somewhat tainted, but the water has come down a good bit since the rain event and we are on the verge of the best fishing of the year.

South Fork: The South Fork of the Snake has leveled out around 17,000 cfs for now, and the fish bite is getting hot. We are starting to see Salmon flies hatch on the lower sections near the Canyon, and hopefully we will start to see them move up the river where the water is more clear. Where the dry fly eats are slow, try to work the deeper seams and banks with a heavy bead head nymph followed by either a Pat’s rubber legs or San Juan worm.

Green River: Fishing has been somewhat slow for the past few weeks on the Green River, likely because of high water and colder water temperatures. Conditions have started to shape up in the past few days after flows have held somewhat close to 1,700 cfs, and we have received some awesome fishing reports from our guides. The go-to rig on the Green right now is a heavy Pheasant Tail nymph followed by a Pat’s rubber legs or a San Juan worm. We are starting to see the Grey Drakes hatch and we are still waiting for the fish to really get keyed into them, but there are fish that will come up for the dry fly. It’s always worth it to take a couple of tosses with a streamer, and specifically a smaller and brighter pattern on a sunny day.

Snake River: The Snake River is still high and off color with flows of 3,500 cfs on average out of Jackson Lake Dam, but it has been clearing up much faster than we originally anticipated. We should be fishing sections other than the Jackson Lake Dam to Pacific Creek by the first or second week of July, but for now that first stretch has been doing the trick. Fishing has been productive with the Psycho Prince, the Reckoner, and Pheasant tails subsurface, along with small Chubby Chernobyls, Parachute Adams, PMDs, and BWO dry flies.

Give us a call at 307-733-6483 if you have any questions or if you would like to book a fly-fishing trip. Tight lines!