July 30, 2018

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 Snake and it’s tributaries are really productive right now, with a lot of action on medium-large dry flies and nymphs. The most successful way to get on bigger fish is to try a streamer. We’ve been seeing bigger fish hanging around structure, mostly, so try to fish tight to logs and other features in the river. Some of the more popular flies have been the Purple Haze, Pteronarcys Chernobyl and Peach Yellowstone Chubby.

South Fork of the Snake River: Flows this morning in Irwin, ID are 9,650 CFS, slightly below average for this time of year, making us pretty happy right now. PMDs have been the way to go in shallow riffles, with larger bugs (like hoppers and stones) also bringing fish to the surface. Many anglers are fishing a dry/dropper rig to maximize results.

Jackson Hole Tributaries

Gros Ventre River: This popular river has been a great option for those looking to get out on the water for a quick wade trip without committing to a full day of fishing. The lower stretches of the river are still holding good sized fish…Mayfly patterns like the Royal Wulff and Parachute Adams are probably the best best right now.

Other smaller creeks and rivers: Flows on many of the areas tributaries are still well above average due to continued runoff from near record snowfall this past winter. This means that some of the cutthroat trout are still higher in the river system than most years. Many adventurous anglers are venturing into the high country to track down fish this summer. For more information on where to go and what to fish feel free to stop by the shop or give us a call. We’d be happy to help you plan your next trip.

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