Snake River Tributaries
Around the first part of July, Snake tributaries like the Hoback River and Gros Ventre River start to clear. The Hoback has salmonflies and both have good golden stone populations, consequently rubber leg nymphs and big dries can provide some good fishing. The Hoback goes into the Snake thirteen miles south of Jackson. The Hoback Rivers is paralleled by US Highway 191 and from the mouth of the Hoback Canyon it is in National Forest for almost twenty miles.
November 17th, 2017
This is a good option for the wade fisherman, especially as summer progresses and the river drops. Attractor dries work well here. With the number of caddis and stones, stimulators and PMX are good bets. There are two designated campgrounds. Granite Creek and Cliff Creek are fishable tributaries to the Hoback. You can combine a Granite Hot Springs dip with a little fishing. The Gros Ventre River is north east of Jackson. You cross it six miles north of Jackson on Highway 89 in Teton Park. You can fish it from various pull outs or at the Gros Ventre Campground. Lots of bison: enjoy their company but keep a safe distance. After you go through the town of Kelly, you can turn onto Gros Ventre – Slide Lake Road. There is a nice canyon you hike into below Slide Lake. Slide Lake was formed by the largest non-earthquake landslide in the United States. This section has nice pocket water, and is one of the few places in the valley that has rainbows. The Cutts dominate but every once in a while you hook a ‘bow. Down wing dries work well, but a wire nymph can be useful as well. Near the top of Slide Lake the road turns to dirt. Road conditions can vary especially with rain. From here on up in the National Forest, there is plenty of fishing access, for thirty miles. There is a campground at the confluence of Crystal Creek and the Gros Ventre. Crystal Creek lives up to its name as is one of the first streams to clear in the summer.
Winter conditions are setting in for the season as the waters and fish slow down and settle into there winter patterns. Pay close attention to temperatures and top water hatches to key into some small dryfly action.
Trout have migrated down from tributaries to their wintering grounds in the Snake river. Mornings are slow with the cooler temperatures but as the afternoon warms up the dry fly action can start when tempratures allow. BWOs and Mahoganies are still good for the dry fly and there are great chances to sight cast to nice fish. Parachutes, emergers and comparaduns are very productive. Midges will get into the mix as well.
Streamers are another option and can produce during the day. Strip slow or swing your baitfish and wait for the pull.
Keep your eye on weather and get after them!