September 4th, 2018

September 4th, 2018

September conditions have us pretty excited here in Jackson Hole! Cooler water temps and lower flows have meant great days out on the water lately. We’re seeing tons of dry fly on both the Snake and the South Fork. But you shouldn’t overlook streamers or nymphs as well. Crowds in town and on the river will likely slow down this week (except for Jackson Hole One Fly boats) and the fishing will likely be excellent. Be sure to swing by the shop to see what has been working out there. Here are the current conditions:

Snake River: Pretty much every stretch of the Snake is fishing well including Grand Teton National Park, all the way through the valley down to the white water section in the Snake River Canyon. We’re starting to see some mutant stones while mahogany duns and Hecubas continue to emerge on the water. But try not to get caught up on only the dry fly fishing, even though it’s really fun…Dry/dropper is a popular method of fishing with good results on top and mid water column on the nymph. Streamer fishing continues to be a good way to go throughout the river, with some flashier streamers like Gold/Silver Chicklets, Sparkle Minnows, and Lil Kim’s.

South Fork: Flows have come down to 8,500 cfs, making for excellent fishing conditions for the South Fork. Big grasshoppers and stone flies are out throughout the day, and can be fished towards the banks and structure. The Caddis hatch is also turning on in the evenings, mostly. If you want to go subsurface, you might think about throwing a Galloup’s Mini Dungeon, a Moss Fire or a Beldar Bugger. Nymphing continues to work, but big dries and streamers seem to be a bit more productive. It can be a little more unpredictable over there, but when it’s on, you’ll know it!


We just got a bunch of new Simms colder weather gear in stock! Come by to check out the insulated Midstream lineup, which includes a vest, pullover, and jacket