Runoff is starting to get rolling in our area. The Snake is clear and fishable at the moment but the water conditions are starting to vary day to day. Some days are great this time of year and other can be tough, it all varies based on weather and water conditions. If you can fish a variety of different techniques, streamers, nymphs, and dries, you can catch good numbers of fish but much of the fishing has to be deep and relatively slow on the Snake.
As runoff begins in the valley we will start to rive farther to our fishing locations and fish a variety of water. This time of year we'll start heading over to the South Fork of the Snake, the Firehole River, Lewis Lake, Yellowstone Lake, and the Green River. There's always some good fishing to be had but you need to be willing to do some driving to get to it.
The upper section of the Snake below Jackson Lake Dam is another location that we're lucky to be able to guide early in the season. This stretch will usually stay clear throughout the early season and offer a good fishing option. A buddy and I were fishing that section yesterday and had some great streamer fishing with lots of nice lake trout and cutty's being caught. That particular stretch is a great spot to catch a lake trout on the fly if anyone is interested in checking a laker off their list.