Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Report- August 3, 2013
Spectacular Summer conditions abound on the Snake River as it comes into its finest season... late summer and early fall! Flows have been high all season, typical when snow pack was less than average. As irrigation demands slow the flows are ever slightly dropping and this 500cfs benefit has triggered aggressive top water feeding and we expect another drop in 2 weeks.
Our native cutthroats are all over brown stoneflies in a wide variety of water... much of the fun in fishing the Snake is hitting all the different targets- seams, logs, flats, eddies, bars and grass banks.
|Incredible scenery Deadmans to Moose.|
Other hatches include PMD's, tricos and some caddis. Windy afternoons are blowing down hoppers and the fish are beginning to key in on these terrestrials but overall my personal favorite is a flying ant, size #14.
|Steve and Wil(below) Bokat and some fine spotted friends.|
Tributaries to the Snake are all fishing well however flows are very low and many trout are likely draining down into the Snake. Look for the best lies and keep a stealth approach, the water is gin clean and the sun is bright.
Other rivers are all reporting good fishing but the word is go early(duh, its August right!). The South Fork is dropping to nearly 9k and this will spread fish out on large flats and riffles. The banks that were too fast a month ago could be just right under these conditions. Here nymphing is king once the morning surface bite turns off or until fall hatches occur. Hoppers and other terrestrials work but can be hot or cold, use droppers to increase your chances.
South of Jackson on the Green and other tribs is getting too low to float unless you head below Big Piney but here recent heavy rains have blown out the river. Again the surface bite is early and flows are warming to critical levels so please plan accordingly, no need to fish after 2pm in my opinion.
As always play trout quickly and use barbless hooks for a quick release!
Good Luck out there!