May 17th, 2017
Cold weather stalls run-off in the valley.
With snow today and wet cool weather predicted for the next few days the tributaries including the Hoback and Gros Ventre rivers have slowed down mid run-off.
Running waters are at a premium in Jackson Hole so we shift our focus to the surrounding lakes for productive days fishing. The stretch between Jackson Lake Dam and the Pacific creek drainage still offer fish able water with consistent flows hovering around 2000 CFS. Regional waters such as the Henry’s fork stay steady and are a great choice for rainbow trout. Recent reports of Jackson and Jenny lake are ice-free is a sure sign summer is just around the corner.
It’s a sub-surface game with a nymph rig or streamer fishing for the lakes. Stonefly patterns, Pats rubber Legs and Zebra Midges (black, gray, and purple in smaller streams) Jujube Flash Midge, psycho prince, Pheasant tail nymphs or any Beadhead attractors will be go-to in a 10-16 size range. Streamer patterns like Woolley-Buggers, Dungeons Sculpzillas and Leeches are effective patterns to try.
As of May 17th, the Upper Snake is at 143% of its average overall water equivalent snow-pack.
For details on what’s fishing, or early season specials on guided fishing trips, look on our calendar page or feel free to contact us at 307 733-3270.