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The Beginning of Runoff

     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. 

Jackson Hole Spring Fishing Report

Jackson Hole Spring Fishing Report

       Fishing in the area has been excellent this spring.  The Snake River in particular has been on fire.  The water has been clear and the fish have been looking up for small mayfly and midge dry flies around midday.  These same fish have also been willing to take midge droppers and eat streamers.  Streamers have been especially effective if there is any color in the water from low level runoff.  I've been fortunate enough to be doing some guiding recently and we've been getting into fish that are averaging 14-16 inches in size with many of the fish podded up eating dry flies and nymph droppers.  Griffiths gnats and small parachute adams in size 18 have been working well, fish these on 4x tippet as the fish aren't too picky this time of year.  No need to break off fish unnecessarily because you're fishing too small a tippet.  The fishing should stay good from now until runoff hits, most likely sometime in the next few weeks.