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Snake River Fly-Fishing: Through the Eyes of an Angler-Guide

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When most people think of fly fishing in Jackson Hole they think first of "the Hole's" own Snake River. A Snake River guided fly fishing trip is the prefect blend of spectacular scenery and some of the best dry fly action the west has to offer.

When most people think of fly fishing in Jackson Hole they think first of "the Hole's" own Snake River. A Snake River guided fly fishing trip is the prefect blend of spectacular scenery and some of the best dry fly action the west has to offer.

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  • Seasons: Snake River fishing is open from April through October. Although early season fishing can be good, fishing on the Snake River usually gets into full swing following run-off in late June to mid-July, when the river turns a turquoise greenish-blue color before running clear again. During the prime months from July through October, anglers can only do their best to keep up. If you only have one chance and want to maximize your shot at some truly spectacular fishing, plan your trip for September.
  • Floating vs. Wading: Much of the Snake River is regularly fished by foot and from shore, and very successfully at that. To truly experience the entire river, however, a boat is very helpful as it can be difficult to get to much of the large, fast-moving river on foot alone. Sections of the Snake River do require some technical boat navigation. Hiring a guide is highly recommended.
  • Where to Fish 
    -Jackson Lake and the Jackson Lake Dam tailwaters in Grand Teton National Park 
    -The inlet of Pacific Creek, where boaters often put in to enjoy that slow and steady current down to Deadman’s Bar, where the current picks up and the floating become more technical 
    -Moose Bridge, which has roadside access to wade or shore fishing and boat access
    -The Wilson Bridge, 12 miles downriver, where anglers often walk and fish the length of the levy that constrains the Snake River
    -The South Park Bridge, a popular start and end point for float trips and the location of Flat Creek tailwaters of Flat Creek, where large fish sometimes hang out
    -The famous Snake River Canyon, which begins its 20 mile run, complete with great boating and fishing, just seven miles downriver from the South Park Bridge.
  • Fine Spotted Snake River Cutthroat Trout: One of the highlights of Snake River fly fishing is the fact that it is home to its very own indigenous subspecies of trout – the Fine Spotted Snake River Cutthroat Trout. This beautiful trout is eager to strike at just about any dry fly, often regardless of the presentation, and can be recognized by its explosive strikes.

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One of the highlights of Snake River fly fishing is the fact that it is home to its very own indigenous subspecies of trout – the Fine Spotted Snake River Cutthroat Trout. This beautiful trout is eager to strike and can be recognized by its explosive power.