Weather Water Fish
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Location Hours Length
Jackson, Wyoming 10am - 7pm 20 miles
Elevation Directions Possible catch
6,322 Feet Wilson Bridge 
Cutthroat Trout, Brown Trout, Whitefish

April 11th, 2018

Snake River in Jackson Hole:

The weather outlook for the Jackson Hole valley looks to be inconsistent over the next couple of weeks for fishing on the Snake River. Highs ranging from the mid-50’s to the high 30’s and overnight lows in the 20’s should keep us guessing for the foreseeable future. There still good hatches of Baetis in the afternoons along with a smattering of Skwala stoneflies. Dry fly action will still be best in the mid to late afternoon. A hopper/dropper set up will cover most of the river effectively. Nymphing or chucking streamers in the morning will provide the most consistent action until the fish start looking up in the afternoon.

I’ve heard some reports of refusals on the larger Skwala dry fly patterns. Try smaller patterns, lighter tippet, while giving the fly a little more action by twitching it around on the surface. Also, try and find areas where the fish haven’t seen as many anglers. Anyone who has driven over the Wilson Bridge in the late morning can attest to the high amount of fishing boats putting in for the Wilson to South Park stretch. Focusing your efforts on areas off the beaten path should increase your hook-up ratio significantly. Fishing south of town is a good bet, provided the Hoback River is not washed out into the Snake.
Stretches below Jackson Lake Dam are still fishing well in the afternoon with midge and baetis dry fly patterns. Keep an eye on the wind however as the water is flat and slow and spotting rising fish is difficult in the “chop.” If you live in town and see the branches on the trees swaying around in the morning, you can expect to have a windy afternoon. Bring your bear spray as well, because they’re awake and roaming around looking for easy meals.

Nymphs: Pat’s Rubber Leg Brown, Olive, Black or Variegated #6-#10; Flash Back Bead Head Pheasant Tail #14-#18, Speckled Double Bead Hare’s Ear #8-#14; TB Prince #8-#14; Euro Jig Nymph #12; March Brown Spider Soft Hackle #10-#14; BH UV Midge Pupa Black, Red and Olive #18; BH Zebra Midge Black or Purple #18-#20

Dries: BWO Film Critic #16-#18; Parachute Adams #14-#18; Glarachute Adams #14-#18; Purple Haze #18; Para Cluster #18; Red Top Midge Emerger #18, Ritt’s ARF Midge #18-#20; Stimulator Hare’s Ear or Olive #12-#16; Olive Water Walker #8-#10; Mystery Meat Skwala #8

 Streamers: CH Zuddler Black, Olive or White #4-#6; Coffee Sparkle Minnow Olive or Black #4; Krafts Krelex Silver/Gold; Super Bugger Black #6; Double Bunny olive/White

Hatches Hatches

  • Skwala
  • Baetis

Hook Flies

  • Parachute Adams
  • Zebra Midges Black or Purple
  • March Brown Soft Hackle
  • Pheasant Tail Nymphs
  • Pats rubber legs
  • CH Zuddler
  • Coffee Sparkle Minnow


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