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Fly Fishing On The Snake River In
The Snake River headwaters are in the
Southeastern Section of Yellowstone National Park.
That section is covered under another Perfect Fly
Stream Section. The Snake River in this section runs
from Yellowstone National Park through Teton
National Park to Jackson Lake and includes the
tailwater section from the dam at Jackson Lake to the
mouth of Palisades Reservoir. This covers 80 miles
of the river.
The river also runs through the Bridger Teton
National Forest. Most all of this section of the Snake
River flows through the most scenic section of the
United States. In addition to the snow capped Teton
Mountains, you will see wildlife along the river
including moose, elk, deer and eagles. Fly fishing the
Snake River offers many more rewards than just
The Snake River in this part of its long course is
known for its fine dry-fly fishing. The Snake River
Cutthroat are usually not all that selective and will
take attractor flies very well. Imitations of large
terrestrial insects are very popular and productive
during the short season.
The river holds plenty cutthroats between ten to
sixteen inches, a few over that size and some as
large as twenty inches. This river has braided
channels, log jams, undercut banks and all types of
cover that provide excellent holding places for the
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Snake River Wyoming Fly Fishing Guide:
The river from the Yellowstone Park line flows at a
constant decline and meanders down to Jackson
Lake. It hold lots of cutthroat trout. This river has a
diverse selection of different types of water ranging
from deep, long runs, wide flats, riffles, and
undercut banks. It has a lot of cover in it including
large rocks, tree tops and logs.
The upper section of the river, between the
Yellowstone Park and Lake Jackson, is a wide. It
picks up the flow from the Lewis River just inside
Yellowstone National Park and flows into Lake
Jackson right along the Grand Teton National Park
line. This section is mostly gravel bottom river with
heavy willows along its bank. During the fall, brown
trout move out of Lake Jackson into the river to
spawn. Lake trout and cutthroat trout move into the
river behind the browns.
The section below Jackson Dam down to Pacific
Creek, a distance of just over four miles, is very
popular because it stays clear most of the year. It
holds lots of Whitefish and even some Lake Trout
in addition to its cutthroat trout. This section can
be waded and fished from a drift boat. This is fairly
smooth, slick water and the trout can become a
little selective at times.
This river doesn't clear up below Pacific
Creek until around the middle of July to the
first of August.
Closed Season in some area, open in others
There is a short period prior to the runoff
that is fishable. Spring runoff starts in May
and extends into late July. It is a ragging
mess during the runoff.
Below the Pacific Creek confluence, the
river is subject to being stained from the
water of Pacific Creek after periods of
heavy rains. The eleven mile section from
the boat launch at Pacific Creek to
Deadman's Bar is quite different. You
should first fish this section by boat with an
experienced person. It can be difficult and
even dangerous to navigate. The fishing is
The eight mile long section from Deadman's
Bar to Moose can also be a little tricky to
navigate. This section can be waded in
several areas. It is also a popular and
productive stretch of river to fish.
From Moose down to Wilson Bridge, a
distance of fourteen and a half miles, can
also be difficult to float unless you are
familiar with the river. It provides excellent
fishing both by drift boat and from the
banks in some locations.
The thirteen mile long section of the river
from Wilson Bridge down to highway
26/89 bridge (South Park) is another
stretch of water that is popular with the
The eleven mile stretch of river from the
South Park takeout down to Astoria
Springs flows through a canyon. The
Hoback River joins the Snake just about
The last section of the Snake in Wyoming,
approximately twenty miles long, runs from
Astoria Springs down to Palisades Lake. It
drops at a very steep decline. Rapids are
common and this part of the river is white
water heaven. You can fish the upper
parts from the banks in some areas, but
fishing from a boat should be out.
Snake River Wyoming Hatches and
Our information on aquatic insects is
based on our stream samples of larvae
and nymphs, not guess work. We base fly
suggestions on imitating the most plentiful
and most available insects and other
foods at the particular time you are
fishing. Unlike the generic fly shop trout
flies, we have specific imitations of all the
insects in the Snake River of Wyoming
and in all stages of life that are applicable
to fishing. If you want to fish better, more
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Hatches on this part of the Snake River
are sporadic and not highly reliable. The
diversity is quite large but only a few
species provide high quantities of insects.
Midges hatch throughout the year and are
about as reliable as any of the aquatic
The Blue-winged Olives are about as
reliable as any of the hatches. They hatch
during the month of April and then again
from about the first of September through
the month of October. Most are baetis
species that are bi-brooded.
Little Black Stoneflies hatch during the
month of April. April can provide some
good fishing. It is prior to the runoff and
hatches of these stoneflies and BWOs can
provide some good action. Golden
Stoneflies hatch from late August through
the first two weeks of September. There
are a few areas where Little Yellow
Stoneflies exist in plentiful quantities. They
usually hatch during the months of June
and July. Often they are hatching during
the spring runoff.
Pale Morning Dun mayflies don't hatch
consistently throughout the length of the
river but are present in many areas of
moderate water in the river. They hatch
from late August through the month of
September. Where you find them, you will
usually find them in good quantities and
some good dry fly fishing is possible.
Gray Drakes hatch in a few places of slow
moving water. This hatch normally occurs
during the runoff or during the month of
June, but can last into July. Mahogany
Duns hatch in September and early
October. This hatch can provide some
good dry fly action in certain areas of the
From about the middle of August through
the month of September, you will find some
isolated hatches of Drake Mackerels.
That's a local name for a large Timpanogo
hecuba mayfly that is similar to the Green
Drakes. A large size Green Drake imitation
will work for these mayflies.
Caddisflies are very abundant on the
Snake River. There are a few places where
Little Black Caddis (brachycentrus species)
exist. They hatch during late April and early
May. This hatch doesn't occur throughout
the river, only in isolated places. The
majority of the caddisflies start hatching in
June during the runoff.
The most important caddisflies are the
Spotted Sedges. There are several species
that hatch from June through the month of
September. You will also find some isolated
hatches of Little Short-horned Sedges.
These caddisflies normally hatch in late
June and July.
October Caddis hatch from about the
middle of September through the month of
October. This hatch can provide some
The Snake River has plenty of baitfish,
minnows and sculpins. Streamers that
imitate these fish work well throughout the
The terrestrial season usually runs from
about the middle of June through the
month of September. Imitations of ants,
beetles and grasshopper work during this
period of time. Grasshopper imitations are
very popular on the Snake.
If you haven't done so already, please give
our "Perfect Flies" a try. They are the most
imitative of the naturals of any flies that can
be purchased. They are also the most
effective and fooling trout. Our sandwich
grasshopper imitations have proven very
effective on this river.
The first part of summer is taken by the
spring runoff. After the runoff ends, the
river continues to drop and provides great
fishing. The best fishing is from the middle
of August through September.
The short period of time from the end of
Summer until near the end of October is
usually a great time for fly fishing the
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Snake River Fishing Report
Updated May 18, 2017
(See Bottom Of Page for Archive)
12/30/14 We will have a weekly updated fly
fishing report on the Snake River in Wyoming
this coming year.
01/15/15 Much better weather has been in
store for the Snake and two customers
reported catching fish the past two week.
Temperatures has been in the forties.
01/22/15 Our local contact reported catching
some nice cutts last week. Conditions are as
good as the get in the winter.
02/05/15 We didn't receive any reports from
anyone fishing this past week, but conditions
couldn't be any better than they are now.
02/12/15 The weather has been great, but
the visibility (water clarity) of some areas isn't
that good. One customer reported catching a
few this past week.
02/19/15 No reports from the past week.
02/26/15 Two good reports from anglers
fishing the lower section in Wyoming. The
trout came on our Brown Sculpin streamers.
03/05/15 Decent weather and stream
levels have continued this past week but
no reports have come in.
03/19/15 Two good reports. Great weather
with some BWO hatches, lot of winter and
little brown stoneflies.
03/26/15 Another good report from a local
customer fishing the lower end of the river.
04/02/15 As with about every stream in
the state, water levels are very high.
04/09/15 The river is gradually falling on
down near normal levels but still relatively
high and off color in places.
04/16/15 Two good reports from customers
using our Brown sculpin streamers.
04/24/15 One good report from above
Hoback confluence on streamers. Levels
are a little high.
05/07/15 Runoff is underway. Fish below
Jackson Lake dam but above Pacific Creek
when the discharges are low.
05/21/15 Marginally fishable, but basically
still blown out.
06/04/15 Jackson Lake dam to Pacific Creek
is the only section to consider right now. Be
sure to check the releases first.
06/11/15 No charge. Still blown out.
06/18/15 Other than below Jackson Dam in a
drift boat, you are out of luck. Still high water.
06/25/15 The Snake is still high but clearing
fast. it can be fished now.
07/02/15 Buffalo Fork and Hoback Rivers
have cleared and dropped to help the
Snake get into good shape. Lots of insects
are hatching including the big stoneflies.
07/09/15 Great conditions from Jackson dam
07/16/15 Two good reports from customer.
Cooler weather and some stain from rain but
overall good conditons.
07/23/15 Great conditions everywhere
.including Deadman's bar to Sheep Gulch.
PMDs, spotted sedges, little Yellow Stoneflies.
08/05/15 Good conditions continue with
cooler weather, good hatches and trout being
caught from Yellowstone Park to Idaho.
08/12/15 All sections are in great shape. Two
good reports from customers fishing near
08/20/15 Conditions don't get any better
than they are right now. We got three good
reports from customers. All the different
sections of the river are producing trout.
08/27/15 The Snake is still producing and at
reasonable levels. PMDs, Spotted and Green
Sedges, Mahogany duns, and terrestrials are
09/03/15 Cutthroats are being caught in
good numbers from the Yellowstone
National Park boundary to Palisades.
Terrestrials, Little Yellow Stones, Trico and
others. Shoot us an email for suggestions.
09/10/15 Both drift boats and wading
anglers are doing good. Good stream levels
09/16/15 The river is up a little but still
below normal level. It is turning much cooler
and that will help the "catching" big time.
09/24/15 Great conditions exist and anglers
are catching a lot of fine-spotted cutthroat.
Good stream levels and excellent weather.
10/01/15 There is still great opportunity on
the snake in all sections of the river. It is
mostly Pale Evening Duns, Spotted Sedges,
and some October caddis.
10/08/15 Great weather and stream conditions
from the National park to Idaho. Few anglers
are fishing. What more could you ask for?
10/15/15 The river is in good shape
throughout its length with lots of big trout
being caught. All sections have been fishing
good this past week. October Caddis is the
10/21/15 Two good reports from last week.
Good stream levels and Blue-winged olives
starting to hatch again.
10/29/15 Good, low flows are allowing wading
in some sections where you normally have to
use a drift boat. Conditions still very good but
hatches are mostly limited to midges and
11/05/15 Great weather and good stream
levels for wading has the Snake in great
condition from the park to the state of Idaho.
Lots of trout were caught this past week.
11/12/15 The weather has remained mild and
the stream levels a little low. These are good
conditions for this time of the season. By the
way, BWOs can hatch even when it is snowing.
11/19/15 We didn't get any reports from
anyone fishing the past week but conditions
were not that bad. I guess the snow spooked
everyone. Let us hear from you.
11/26/15 Good conditions from the bridge at
Moose downstream to Idaho. Decent weather
and flows. Midges and BWOs are key flies.
12/03/15 Two good reports this past week.
Customers fishing the red (blood) and cream
midges and the Brown scupin streamer near
12/10/15 Remember the tailwater isn't quite
as cold as the river miles downstream from
the dam. The water in the area above
Palisades Reservoir is still 40 degrees and
trout can be caught.
The river is still running high in all
sections. Although it is possible to
fish the river in some sections with a
drift boat, the water is highly stained
and swift and in our opinion, not
worth it. All you can do is to keep
checking back with us. You can also
let us help you plan that next trip.
12/17/15 The Snake River has been staying
in great condition for this time of the year but
it is finally turning cold. You can still fish the
tailwater because the bottom discharge help
keep the water temperature up. Much of the
river has some ice around the banks. Midges
and Winter stoneflies are the only insects
you need to be imitating. Stay out of the fast
current and fish slow water area, pockets
and holes out of the current where the fish
will be holding. .
12/23/15 Most of the river is simply too cold to
fish. There is a lot of ice around the banks
and in some of the slow sections of the river.
The tailwater is the only option. MIdges and
winter stoneflies are the insects you should
imitate. When there is cloud cover, the Brown
sculpin streamer works good. Make sure you
check the discharges.
12/31/15 The Snake is too cold to fish about
everywhere except below Jackson Lake. The
bottom discharge is about forty degrees when
it leaves the dam but will get colder within the
first few miles of the discharge. Midges and
Winter stoneflies should work there.
01/07/16 The weather is going to be a little
better this coming week. Try fishing right
below Jackson Dam. The bottom discharge of
water is warmer (about 39 degrees) and
plenty of trout can be caught on midges and
the little Winter Stonefly nymphs.
01/14/16 The water temperature is still very
cold except coming from the bottom of
Jackson Lake in the tailwater. That is where
we are recommending you fish. Most of the
river all the way to Palisades Reservoir is
around 33 to 35 degrees and there is a lot of
ice along the banks and some slush ice in the
water in places.
01/21/16We are getting a good report from a
regular customer fishing just below the dam at
Jackson Lake. The tailwater is running about
39 degrees and that's much warmer than the
river gets anywhere downstream. Fish the first
two or three miles below Jackson Lake with
Red and Cream midges.
01/28/16 The Jackson tailwater is still the
place to fish the Snake. It has the warmest
water you will find from the park to Idaho. Fish
as close to the dam as is legal. Winter
stonefly nymphs have been doing good along
with the usual midge larva and pupa imitations.
02/03/16 There's not much change from last
week. The Jackson tailwater is the best option.
Fish as near the dam as it is legal to do so for
the warmest water. Midges, winter stoneflies,
black flies and little size 20 BWO nymphs are
the main aquatic insects you need to be
02/11/16 The Snake is in good shape stream
level wise from the park to the Idaho state line.
The only problem is the water temperature. It
is going to be much warmer this week but we
don't think it will have much effort on the water.
We still recommend the tailwater just below
Jackson lake. It has the warmest water.
02/18/16 The warmer weather has brought
the water temperature up to near forty
degrees in places. Winter stoneflies and little
Brown stoneflies are showing up. Midges are
the key insects to imitate but sculpin streamer
patterns are also good.
02/25/16 The weather will continue to be mild
with highs in the high thirties and lows in the
twenties. The best section to fish is still as
near the Jackson Lake dam as legal. Fish the
slack current, in holes in the bottom of runs
and pools, out of the main current. Midges
and winter stoneflies are the insects to imitate.
03/03/16 The Jackson Lake tailwater is still
the only good option for fly fishing the Snake
right now. The weather has been
unseasonably warm but much of the river is
stained from melting snow. The tailwater is
the clearest and warmest.
03/10/16 Snow in forecast for today and
Thursday through next Monday. The Jackson
Lake tailwater, near the dam, is still the best
destination on the river at this time. Midges,
winter stoneflies and little Blue-winged olives
are the flies to use.
03/17/16 The weather is returning to a more
normal pattern for this time of the year. Still,
the only good option for fly fishing the Snake
is the Jackson Lake tailwater. The stream
levels are okay elsewhere but the water is
only in the high thirties.
03/24/16 The stream levels are in good
shape and the water is clear. It is still rather
cold but has come up a couple of degrees
in places. Little Blue-winged olives and
midges are hatching. Skwala stoneflies will
be showing up soon. Fish the slack water
out of the fast currents.
03/31/16 The river is in good shape level wise
from Lake Jackson tailwater to the Idaho line.
The water temperature is slowly rising in the
middle and lower sections of the river but for
now, it is still midges and little BWOs.
04/07/16 There is a chance of rain from
Saturday through next Wednesday. The
stream levels are currently at a normal level
and the water clear. Midges and little
Blue-winged olive are hatching. Our sculpin
streamers have been producing well in the
Jackson taiwlater. The water is still in the low
04/21/16 The river is still flowing higher than
normal in all sections. Part of it is snow melt
and part from recent rain. The water is stained
in most sections. Midges and little Blue-winged
olives is still the best fly options and the
tailwater section below Jackson Lake the best
area to fish.
04/28/16 The river levels are high and the
water stained from melting snow and rain. It
looks like that pattern will continue with
chances of wet snow every day for the next
week. You may be able to fish streamers in a
few places but there's little opportunity.
05/12/16 The warm weather has the river in
runoff mode with higher flows and stained
water. The section below Jackson Lake dam
is the clearest. The further downstream, the
higher and dingier the water. Skwala
stoneflies and soon, Little Black Caddis, or
Mother's Day caddis.
05/12/16 The river is getting in better shape.
The discharges from Jackson are lower and
that is still the best location to fish at this time.
Blue-winged olives, little Black caddis and
sculpin are the main foods to imitate.
05/19/16 Runoff is underway and most of the
river is high and badly stained. The only
option is fishing below Jackson Dam, and it
isn't a great one by any means.
05/26/16 The flows at Moose is 5800 cfs at
11.15 ft which is still high. The water is
stained and this condition is likely to
continue on through much of the month of
June. The Jackson tailwater is still the best
option, but not a really good one.
06/02/16 The flows are still high but expected
to go much higher this coming week as the
runoff get into the full mode. Most likely, the
warmer weather expected this next week will
kick it into high gear. The best option,
although not a great one, is the Jackson
06/09/16 The runoff is a good one this year.
The snowpack us up where it should be and
that indicates the season should be a good
one. That's the good news, and the bad is
you want be able to do much fishing for the
next three or more weeks. The levels are
high throughout Wyoming.
06/16/16 The flows at Moose are down to
5560 cfs, which is high, but it can be fished
from a drift boat. The water still has some
stain to it. The tailwater section just below
Jackson Lake can also be fished but the
discharges are still high.
06/23/16 The flows are dropping. The section
below Jackson Lake has been about the only
part worth fishing but other sections should
begin to clear up soon. The area below Buffalo
Fork is getting into better shape fast.
06/30/16 The flows are down a good bit below
normal for this time of the season. The water is
clear in some places, stained in others. Drift
boats should do good. Wading would be
possible only in a few areas. Lots of hatches
are taking place. The big stoneflies, Green and
Gray drakes, PMDs starting in some section,
lots of caddis and more. Send us an email for a
07/07/16 The river is down in all sections from
the National Park line to the Idaho state line.
The water is mostly clear. We had two good
reports this past week from drift boat customers
fishing in the Moose area. The section above
the Jackson lake is down and in good shape.
This is really about two weeks earlier than
normal, but conditions are good. Lots of insects
07/14/21 More good reports came in this past
week. Conditions are even better, with good
stream levels in all sections of the river from the
park to the Idaho state line. The water is clear
in all sections. There are many different insects
hatching, depending on the section you may
choose to fish.
07/21/16 river is in excellent condition from the
National park boundary to the Idaho state line.
All sections have good stream levels, some
slightly low, and offer good wading
opportunities. There are a large number of
insects hatching including Yellow Quills, Pale
Morning duns, Spotted sedges, little sister
caddis, little Yellow stoneflies, Golden stoneflies
and more depending on the section of water. .
07/28/16 The river is getting too warm except
for the section right below the Jackson Lake
dam. Water temperatures are reaching from the
upper sixties to the low seventies all the way to
the Salt River confluence. There are a few small
tributaries that you could fish near their mouths
but all in all, we recommend you choose a
different location until it cools down some.
08/04/16 The river is still too warm for good
fishing and worse, you may stress any caught
and the fish die as a results. The water temps
are in the high sixties and higher late
afternoons in places. The tailwater near the
dam below Jackson is okay but we don't
recommend fishing anywhere else at this time.
It should cool off some soon. Stream levels are
low as well.
08/11/16 The stream levels are still low in all
sections. That makes wading easy but also
easy to spook trout. We think the water
temperature is going to be fine in all sections
this coming week. The weather is going to be
cooler with air high temps in the seventies and
low eighties along with cool nights.
08/18/16 The Snake is in very good shape in
all sections of the river from the National Park
boundary to Palisades Reservoir. Stream
levels are low to normal and providing good
wading opportunity most places. Both wading
and drift boat anglers are catching a lot of
trout. Tricos, some Flavs, Spotted sedges,
Green sedges, little sister caddis, little yellow
stoneflies and other insects are hatching.
Terrestrials are working good as well.
08/25/16 The stream levels are currently
running about a normal level for this time of
the season. Our customers are reporting
some good catching from the banks wading
and from drift boats. The hatches vary greatly
from section to section but there are still plenty
of them Terrestrial insect imitations are
working as well.
09/01/16 Excellent conditions for wading and
for drift boats. Customers are catching trout in
all sections of the river from the National Park
to the Salt River confluence. Water levels are a
little low in places but wading is easy.
Terrestrials are working good and there is still
plenty of hatches taking place.
09/08/16 The flows are currently ideal at
Moose. We had some good reports from
customers fishing that section last week. The
river is in good shape throughout Wyoming or
in all sections. There are little BWOs, Small
western Green drakes or Flavs, spotted and
green sedges, tricos and other hatches.
Terrestrials such as hoppers, ants and beetles
are also working.
09/15/16 The flows at Moose remain around
3550 cfs, which is good for fishing from drift
boats. There are a lot of cutts being caught in
all sections of the river from the National Park
boundary to Idaho. The hatches depend on
the section of the river but all contain two or
three species of caddisflies.
09/22/16 The stream levels are in very good
shape, just a little above normal. This is the cast
in all sections from the Yellowstone National
Park to the Palisades lake. Our customers are
reporting some very good catches. October
caddis will be starting to hatch very soon.
09/29/16 The stream levels are in good shape,
just a little above normal and falling. The
weather forecast shows some chance of rain
everyday for the next week, but no heavy
amounts as best we can determine. Our
customers have been catching good numbers
of trout when the levels are decent. October
caddis are hatching big time along with BWOs
and Mahogany duns.
10/06/16The river has been high but has fell
back down near a normal level. It is a little high
in the lower end but normal at Moose right
now. There are lots of October Caddis,
Mahogany duns, and Blue-winged olives
hatching and our customers have been
catching good numbers of trout from the
Yellowstone National park line to the Idaho
10/13/16 The stream levels are a little low in all
sections from Yellowstone NP to the Idaho
state line. That makes wading easy about
anywhere and as far as most anglers are
concerned, great fly fishing opportunity. We
are getting some very good reports from
customers. Blue-winged olive hatches are
prolific and other insects are hatching as well.
Yellow Quill, Pale Evening duns and Red Quills.
10/20/16 The stream is running just barely
above normal in all sections from the
Yellowstone National Park to Idaho. We
received some excellent reports from
customers during the past couple of weeks.
Except when the water has been high, lots of
fish are being caught.
10/27/16 The stream levels are running at a
normal level and flow and in good shape. Our
customers are catching trout drifting the
Moose section, and in two walk-in areas. The
conditions are as good as they get at this
time of the season.
11/03/16 The stream levels are high at Moose,
but fishable by drift boat. The levels are very
high above the Palisades Reservoir. The lower
end will take a few days to clear and drop.
Blue-winged olives are hatching good.
11/10/16 The stream levels in all sections
have been a little high but are back down in
good shape. They should continue to be in
good shape this coming week as there is little
rain forecast. Blue-winged olive and Cream
midges are hatching good.
11/17/16 The stream levels are in okay shape
in all sections of the river from Yellowstone NP
to Idaho. The weather is turning much colder
with snow today and the first of next week.
Blue-winged olives and midges are the only
hatches. Sculpin streamers should continue to
11/24/17 The tailwater section just below
Jackson lake has been fishing good. Stream
levels are good in all sections of the river.
Blue-winged olives and Cream and Blood (red)
midges are hatching. Sculpin streamers like the
Brown Sculpin are catching the larger trout.
There are post-spawn browns in the lower river.
12/02/16 The stream levels are in good shape,
flowing at a normal level. The water is a little
colder and varies from the high thirties above
Jackson Lake to the low forties above the
Palisades Reservoir. Midges, winter stoneflies,
and little Blue-winged olives are hatching.
12/15/16 The stream levels are okay in about
all of the sections of the stream. We think the
best section is just below Jackson Lake
because the water is slightly warmer there.
Midges, creams and blood midges (red) and,
Winter stoneflies are the main hatches taking
12/22/16 The majority of the river is too cold
to fish very successively. The section just
below Jackson Lake has the warmest water,
which is about 39 degrees. The stream levels
are fine and wading possible.
12/29/16 There is snow forecast most days
but the high temperature isn't going over 26
degrees next week. The water has a lot of ice
and averages from 32 ot 35 at the most
except below jackson lake the bottom
discharge tailwater. Fish as near the dam as
allowed. Midges, and Winter stoneflies are
hatching. Be careful. Falling in can be deadly.
Carry an extra change of clothes.
01/05/17 There seems to be a couple of
warmer days coming up this weekend. There
is no snow forecast until late Sunday. The
water in most sections is only about 34-35
degrees. The best opportunity lies below
Jackson in the tailwater. You can catch trout
at other locations on midges. The do hatch in
cold water but it is usually a little difficult.
01/12/17 The weather is going to be much
better, warmer with snow ending today. It still
will be below freezing which means the water
will still be very cold, barely above freezing
except below the dam at Jackson Lake. That
short section of water provides the only
decent opportunity. Midges, Blood (reds) and
Creams, are the choice flies. There are some
Winter stoneflies hatching.
01/18/17 The weather didn't stay nice and
warm very long and it normally doesn't at this
time of the year. The tailwater below Jackson is
the only section we think is worth fishing.
Getting there and back could be a problem
with all the heavy snow forecast, so make sure
you check that out.
01/26/17 The stream levels are fine just about
everywhere but the water is very cold with lots
of ice throughout the system. Sounds like a
repeat, but the only opportunity is below
Jackson lake dam. Fish Cream or red midges
or Winter stonefly nymphs.
02/02/17 There is snow in the forecast
everyday for the next week. The highest
temperature is forecast to be only 30, so that
isn't going to melt any ice. The only place we
think the river is worth fishing right now is
below Jackson dam in the tailwater. Fish the
slack current. The water is around 35 to 37
02/09/17 The flows are running at a normal rate
and level. The water is still very cold and there
is snow forecast everyday through Saturday.
Getting around on the river isn't going to be
easy. In our opinion, the water is still too cold to
fish anywhere other than the tailwater of
Jackson lake and it is not warm there. Midges,
and Winter stoneflies continue to be the insects
to imitate. Sculpin streamer will work as well
when there is cloud cover.
02/16/17 There is a chance of snow everyday
this coming week. The highest temperature will
be 37 but the average will be below freezing.
The tailwater below Jackson is the only section
we think would be work trying.
02/23/17 The weather has been nice and warm
but now it is back to normal Wyoming
mid-winter weather. There will be a lot of ice
getting in the water this week. The only option
worth considering in our opinion is the section
below Lake Jackson in the tailwater. It isn't a
good time to fish by any means.
02/29/17 There is snow in the forecast from
Saturday through next Wednesday. The highs
range from 25 degrees to 37 degrees. There is
still a lot of ice in the river. The best choice
would be the tailwater below Lake Jackson.
Fish Red or Cream midges with the larva and
pupa in tandem. Fish Sculpin streamers when
it is snowing or heavy clouds.
03/09/17 There is a chance of snow everyday
through Monday, but the weather is going to be
a little warmer this coming week. The high
temperatures will reach into the forties. This will
melt a lot of snow and ice. The Jackson
tailwater is probably still the best bet but you
might give other sections of the lower river a try.
03/16/17 The stream in the Moose area is
blown out and in the lower section near the
Lake, very high. The high temperatures are
running 47 to 54 degrees each day and the
melting of snow and ice is going to continue.
The water is muddy to dingy. There is a
chance of rain or snow everyday but Friday.
We don't see much opportunity for the coming
03/23/17 The flows at Moose are 4420 cfs at
10.62 ft. or record high for this date. This is
blown out in case you are not familiar with the
ideal release levels. This is from both rain and
runoff from the warm weather. It is going to
take a few days for this to clear.
03/30/17 The flows are at 4880 cfs at 10.80 ft.
That is very high. The warm weather may be
nice for some, but for the fly anglers fishing
for trout at this time of the year, it is bad. It
creates runoff from melting snow keeps the
water high and badly stained. All you can do
is check back with us. It will take a few more
days for this to clear.
04/06/17 The flows at Moose are still at 4270
cfs at 10.73 ft,. That is very high. The water
ranges from muddy to highly stained. All
sections of the river are high all the way to the
Idaho state line. All you can do is to keep
checking back with us.
04/13/17 The flows are at 5030 cfs at 10.86 ft.
That is very nigh. Normal flows are around
1200 cfs. The lake level at Jackson should be
getting down soon. There are several
tributaries flowing into the Snake from Jackson
the Idaho/Wyoming state line and all of them
are high. Keep checking back with us.
4/20/17 The stream levels are very high in all
sections of the river from the National Park to
the Idaho state line. At Moose it it 4860 cfs at
10.79 ft. Normal flows for this time of the year
is 1450 cfs. We think these high levels are
going to take some time to get back down to
levels that can be fished. Keep checking back
04/27/17 The flows at Moose is 3970 cfs at
10.40 tt., or about twice the normal levels. The
water level is high throughout the entire
watershed from Yellowstone National Park to
Idao. All you can do is check back with us. We
will keep you informed.
05/04/17 The stream level at Moose is 3950
cfs, at 10.39 ft., which is too high to wade
anywhere but could be fished from a drift
boat. It is still very stained and dingy. Just
about everywhere else, except right below
Jackson Lake is higher and not in as good a
05/11/17 Flowing at 7900 cfs at 11.97 ft., and
stained to muddy, depending on the location.
To be short and simple, it isn't worth fishing at
these levels and that includes the river from
Yellowstone park to the Idaho state line.