Jackson Hole Tributaries Report

Jackson Hole Tributaries:  Pacific Creek, the Buffalo, Gros Ventre, and Hoback Rivers

Rainbow Trout Fishing Jackson Hole Tributaries

Jackson Hole Tribs

The Snake is fed by several tributaries that are much smaller and more wade fishing friendly than the main Snake River. All the tributaries provide great fishing opportunities and allows the angler to get out in the Forest on their own and enjoy the great scenery and peace and quiet of our valley has to offer.

Some of the best fishing in the Jackson Hole valley is in the smaller creeks and rivers that feed the Snake River. The public access is virtually unlimited.

Pacific Creek, the Buffalo, Gros Ventre, and Hoback Rivers are the main tributaries to the Snake. Fishing any of these creeks with medium sized (#8-#16) attractor patterns will get the fish’s attention.


Gros Ventre Water Levels

April 2nd, 2021

For those familiar with the fishing the Snake has to offer, this can be their favorite time of year - why? - The fishing can be spectacular!!!!!  And that has been the case for the past week or so.  With this nice weather, it should only get better.  This window before the snow really starts melting and sends us in to runoff season can be...... read more

March 12th, 2021

The Jackson area has been blessed with some very nice weather the past week , and it is forecasted to remain this way for at least the next 10 days.  Temps in the high 30's - low 40's has everyone itching to hit the river, and rightly so.  We have had success on the Snake and South Fork Rivers the last week and look forward to doing the same...... read more

June 22nd, 2020

All the smaller tributaries to the Snake are really looking good, the further upstream you go, the cleaner water you find.  This is a special time of the year to explore our valley and be the 'early bird'.  It's time for trout safari, go explore, and come by  the shop to hear what the shop staff has been doing on their days off.... read more

June 21st, 2019

What a unique spring we have had!  It has been cool and wet, which prolonged the snow melt.  We actually have had quite a treat on the South Fork this spring, the flows have been manageable and on the low side compared to years past.  The fishing has been mainly sub-surface with nymphs and streamers, which has been very productive, but that is...... read more

May 1st, 2019

Spring has been a slow arrival here in the Jackson Hole area.  Recently cool temperatures and scattered snow showers has quelled any significant snow melt.  A small increase out of Jackson Lake dam to just over 2,000 CFS and temps in the 50's last week got the Snake River in the Canyon flowing at 9,000 CFS, now with cooler weather and no...... read more

August 7th, 2018

"Come on in the, water's fine!" - This could be said about almost everywhere in the region. There are tons of great fishing options from all over the region. We're seeing big fish hitting all sorts of flies from Yellowstone to Flat Creek, on the Snake, the South Fork and many tributaries. Below you'll find a couple of pointers but we're always...... read more

July 31st, 2018

Fishing continues to be wonderful out there in the greater Jackson Hole region. Come on by the shop to get all your fishing essentials and a few flies that might help land some fish. Remember, Flat Creek in the Elk Refuge opens tomorrow, August 1st! Be sure to get out there early if you're planning on fishing Flat Creek, especially in the next...... read more

July 30th, 2018

It's a great start to a new week here in Jackson Hole! We're looking at more awesome fishing throughout the region on the main rivers and tributaries. Fish are looking up for great top water action and the streamer bite is on. Conditions should continue to improve on the Snake and the South Fork is fishing really well. Snake River: The...... read more

July 29th, 2018

The water is clear and the fish are hungry! We're happy to say that whether you like to fish dries, nymphs, or streamers, we can get you on some great fish. The Snake and the South Fork are fishing well, and the tributaries of the Snake are still holding some good sized cutthroat. Snake River: The entire stretch of the Snake through Jackson...... read more

July 4th, 2018

It's a beautiful 4th of July here in Jackson Hole, and the fish are just as excited as we are. There is epic fishing to be found on the South Fork of the Snake River as a hot nymph bite is being paired with an exciting Salmonfly hatch. While the South Fork is great, there is zero excuse to sleep on the Green River. The water has become noticeably...... read more

April 18th, 2018

What a winter we've had! Another great season has come to an end in Jackson, which means only one thing...time to start fishing. As per usual this time of year, we have lots of snow in the mountains, ready to melt and enter into our watersheds. Will it be a warm April/May...? Only time will tell. Currently, water is being released from Jackson...... read more

October 30th, 2017

All we can say is WOW, the weather has been great and the fishing has been equally as good. The action only lasts a few hours, but when its on it is on! There is no need to get an early start these days as the fishing does really heat up until around noon. As the day warms up the number of bugs increases and the fishing improves. By the middle...... read more

September 18th, 2017

The South Fork of the Snake River: What a time to be alive!...And to fish the rivers of the West. Late September has arrived, which means that cooler conditions are now in the forecast and summer time is in the rear view. Now, what does that mean? Well, with the recent cold snap, the fishing has picked up and we're loving it. Currently, the South...... read more

September 13th, 2017

Fall is here. Take advantage of the dry fly fishing while it lasts! The South Fork of the Snake - The flows coming out of Palisades have dropped the last few days bringing out some big Stone flies. Pink PMD's and hopper patterns have been working well in the riffles. The streamer fishing has been good and you can expect to see it pick up...... read more

August 15th, 2017

Spring Creek Openings:  Flat Creek: Those out for opening day this year found good fishing despite the crowds. Bugs began coming off as soon as the sun warmed things up enough, but fish took a little time to begin rising. Grey drakes, crane flies and mahoganies are out on the water along with a variety of other hatches. Imitations of these...... read more

July 24th, 2017

Snake (Jackson Hole): The Snake is continuing to clear despite last week's hailstorm with flows most recently reading 2,750 CFS out of the dam, 5,560 CFS at Moose, and 9,080 CFS in the canyon. The river is not quite at mid summer conditions, but it is getting there, and fishing is improving every day. The fish have been holding over in the slower...... read more

July 17th, 2017

  Snake (Jackson Hole): Hold the phone, cause its dropping!! Since our last report flows throughout the snake river system have been dropping and clarity continues to improve. Flows out of Jackson Lake Dam are 2500, which is the target flow for the summer, very similar to 2016 flows in July. We have been floating from the Dam to Pacific...... read more

July 3rd, 2017

Stillwater: Our area lakes are still fishing well, and can provide an exciting day on the water. The surface water is getting warmer and fish can be found near the surface eager to eat dry flies. Lewis and Yellowstone lakes are great options if you are willing to drive. Closer to home, Phelps and Jenny lake are both fishing with dries and small...... read more

June 24th, 2017

Stillwater: If your looking for a fun day of fishing with friends, family or just need a personal day, Jackson, Jenny and Lewis lake offer great fishing with stunning views. You can expect to catch Lake Trout, Brook Trout and Cutthroats. Now is the best time to fish the lakes,  both sinking and floating lines will all be useful for fishing here....... read more

June 16th, 2017

Stillwater: While the Snake is still in run-off, many of the lakes in the area are still proving to be consistent fisheries. Fishing streamers at variable depths on Jenny, Jackson, and Lewis Lake continue to keep anglers smiling and coming back. Look to fish streamers all day long. Patterns: JJ Special (#6-#10), Jake’s CDC Squirrel Leech...... read more