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January 12, 2015Fishy start to the New Year

Most folks don't think of January as primetime for fly fishing around Jackson Hole. There's snow and cold and skis outnumber fly rods in and on cars. For those who love trout and a fly rod, there is no reason not to get out.

Jeremy admires a healthy winter cutthroat trout on Friday. This guy was residing in a fast run of water up a side channel and couldn't resist Jeremy's stonefly nymph.

Jeremy showing off winter trout

My 2015 fly fishing season has started out well, with trips to various waters over the past two weeks. We had a warm spell that pushed temperatures into the low 40s around here and that was all I needed to grab the fly rod and hit the water. I spent a few days fishing the Wind River with friends, Brad and Leon. We couldn't have asked for better weather and the fishing was pretty good too with browns and rainbows falling for our nymph and streamer patterns.

I love the spotting on browns, particularly the bluish tint around the gills and eyes. A fine specimen from the Wind river.

spots on a winter brown trout

I also got out on the Snake for two days this past weekend; one day fishing with my neighbor and good friend, Jeremy and the other guiding Mike, William and Garrett. The Snake fished as you would expect for this time of year- whitefish on nymphs and a few larger cutthroat trout on nymphs and midges. We also found a pod of sipping trout that were anything but cooperative. Fun though! Kudos to the North Carolina men for braving the winter weather and going fishing!

William, on christmas break from college, learned a thing or two about tight-line nymphing on the Snake River.

winter fly fishing on the snake river, jackson hole   wyoming

One other thing to note, the town of Dubois, Wyoming suffered a horrible fire over the new year, which destroyed many buildings/shops on main street. The town has pulled together during this tough time, showing how strong this community is. Anyone who's fished the Dubois area with me over the years knows what a special place it is. Please keep the town in your thoughts and anyone who wants to make a donation to help the victims can do so through N.O.D (Needs of Dubois).


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