Westbank Angelrs July 4th fishing report – Snake River

July 2nd, 2015


Summer is here and in full force. All area rivers in Jackson Hole are fishing and the boat ramps are busy.  Temperatures in the valley have been warm and mostly stable in the high 80’s during the day peaking at around 94 in some areas and cooling down in the evenings to low 50’s.  This has gotten the bug activity in action throughout the hot summer days.

The Snake River has come down and is starting to fish. Out of Jackson Lake Dam the flows are just less than 2000 cfs. The tributaries (Pacific, Buffalo, Gros Ventre and Hoback) are clear and also fishing well. There are tons of goldens, yellow sallies and PMD’s all over the river. Small cutthroat are eager to munch both dries and nymphs.

Patterns to use: golden chubbies, stimulators, parachute Adams, and pheasant tails

South Fork of the Snake

What can I say? The past four days have been some of the best fishing we have seen in the valley in years! The Salmon flies have been on the move up through the Canyon. Big FOAM attractors getting gobbled down by rainbows, browns, and cuts. Its kinda like one of those fabled stories “should have been here yesterday.” But the fish are still eating. The Hatch should find its way above Conant for the big weekend and the upper should be on fire. Expect large crowds for both the Hatch and the 4th of July weekend.

The Green River is about at 1000 cfs a very optimal level. The fishing is best early in the day getting a head start on other boats.  Fish will concentrate on the Grey Drake hatch that can happen with temperature change so pray for some clouds to get the hatch going. Fish are still eating caddis early and both PMD’s and some stonefly patterns. This is a good chance to beat the crowds on the South Fork and catch the fish of a lifetime.

Feel free to contact the shop about a guided trip with one of our professional guides. Also stop by to stock up on some fly patterns if you’re headed out on your own. The guys in the shop can put you in the right direction to experience some good ole fashion fun on the river.

Tight Lines,

Walt Moore

Westbank Anglers Guide

Alex and Jordan