July 29, 2018

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 Hole is fishing well; all the way from Jackson Lake Dam through the Snake River Canyon in Bridger-Teton National Forest. Pretty much any style of fishing is working well, including dry flies, nymphs, and streamers. A heap of dries including the Purple Para Rooster, Black/Royal Water Walker, and some hoppers are fishing well with good numbers on all of them.  As usual, a dropper under a dry fly produces great results. Some of the bigger fish being caught on the Snake are moving to streamers with some flash, like a gold and silver or purple and silver Kreelex.

South Fork of the Snake River: Flows measured in Irwin, ID are 10,400 CFS, which is a fantastic level that will fade slowly throughout the summer and provide optimal fishing all the way through October. PMDs should remain the most productive small dry, with stonefly imitations such as the Gold or Purple Chubby Chernobyl also fishing well. A good number of fish are hitting dry/dropper rigs, with a CDC Tungsten Pheasant Tail or Cheater Belly dropper, with a fairly lengthy dropper.

Green River: Unless you’re heading from Pinedale up to the Green, it can be a bit of a hard sell right now. With most dry fly action coming in the very early morning and late evening. The daytime action is mostly on double nymph rigs or streamers. If you are heading from Jackson be sure to get on the road early to get on the water while there’s still some good dry fly action.

Jackson Hole Tributaries

Gros Ventre River: The Gros Ventre is a favorite for quick wade fishing, with easy access points between Highway 191 and the Gros Ventre Campground. This is one of the more popular tributaries right now, so don’t be surprised to see others out there enjoying the fishing along side you. Flies that are working on the Gros Ventre are fairly similar to the Snake, but lower water levels mean deep pools are harder to come by, so you might want to leave the streamer rod at home.

Hoback River: For a more adventurous wade trip, check out the Hoback. Park at one of many pullouts and make your way down to the river for some good fishing. Terrestrials have been a good bet as both the larger and smaller fish are looking up.

Give us a call at 307-733-6483 or email us at info@westbank.com with any questions you might have!