Fishing Report 5/15/20
Well it is here; Jackson Hole’s run-off is in full swing. The release from the Jackson Hole Dam is 3320cfs. Flat Creek through town and at the South Park Feed Grounds had been playing hide and seek with off-color water, but totally blew Wednesday the 13th. With predicted temperature’s this weekend and early next week for the 70’s this should solidify run-off for our rivers and streams until June.
Now for some good news, Grand Teton National Park will open for fishing at 12:00-noon, Monday, May 18th. This will open many options for fishing the Jackson Hole Valley. While all boat fishing in the Park has been banned, this time of year, we look to the thawing lakes for good fishing, especially for fly fishing. Because the ice is just coming off, fish will be holding relatively high in the water column and relatively close to shore. This can make for some grand fishing just from the shoreline. Wooly Buggers, Mohair and Marabou Leeches in black, olive, brown, and burgundy are go-to’s this time of year. Our spin casters should look to a jakes spin-a-lure, kastmasters or jigheads with a minnow replica bait to get started for prospecting on the lakes.
Another positive for those of you that need moving water will be the dam section of the Snake (dam to Pacific Creek). Approximately the first 1000 yards of river coming from the dam is fast pocket water and plan on nymphs and streamers. For nymphs, Stone fly, Caddis (Larva and Pupa), and San Juan Worms patterns will be good choices. Plain old black Wooly Buggers and Sculpins imitations are always good bets for this section of river. These high early season dam releases will push fish from Jackson Lake into the River. The Lake Trout that come through will stack up underneath the dam. Lakers are very susceptible to lighter colored streamers (whites, tan, light gray), chartreuse can be exceptionally good. We will see the first summer insect hatches on this section of river and you will see the dry fly fishing continually pick up through the rest of the season.
Yes, run-off is here, but it also means we are on the way to summertime conditions.