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Fly Fishing The Hoback River Wyoming
The Hoback River forms in the Gros Ventre Mountain
Range of Wyoming. It's a tributary of the Snake River
which it enters at Hoback Junction near Jackson,
Wyoming. It provides some very good small stream
The Hoback River is one of the easiest rivers to access
in the state. Much of the stream flows along Highway
#191. There are numerous access points, pulloffs along
the highway, and camping and picnic areas along the
stream. Much of the upper section of the river flows
through private property but in its middle and lower
sections, there's plenty of public access. Much of it runs
through National Forest.
The stream consist mostly of easy to wade water with
lots of fast riffles, runs and both shallow and deep pools.
It's a relatively small stream, averaging only about fifteen
feet in width, but if you enjoy small stream fishing, this
one's a great choice.
The Hoback River trout average on the small side but
there's plenty of them and they are usually very willing to
take your fly. Some large fish move out of the Snake
River up into the Hoback River to spawn. There are
some large ones caught at times. The river has a good
population of Snake River Cutthroat that average
between 10 to 15 inches.
The Hoback River has a huge stonefly hatch in early
July. Both Salmonflies and Golden Stoneflies are
present in the stream. Yellow Sallies are also plentiful
and hatch later on in the season.
There are a lot of different mayflies, including Green
Drakes and caddisflies. Terrestrials are important during
the late summer months.
In the Hoback Canyon section, the river winds its way
through steep cliffs consisting mostly of sandstone and
some beautiful, red rocks. This section is a little tougher
to fish, but well worth the extra effort.
This is a great stream for youngsters to learn to fly fish
and well as anyone who loves beautiful scenery and
small stream fishing. Access is rather plentiful and easy
in most places. The fish rarely see a fly or a human for
The fishing season is best from July through early
Runoff last from about May and into early July most
years. Otherwise, you find the fishing very good. The
times vary with the snowpack.
Summertime is the best time for fly fishing the Hoback
Early Fall, especially October, can be good.
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