I just read a brief article about the predicted spring runoff and what to expect. It got me thinking about fishing options for guests and what folks can expect and look forward too this upcoming fishing season. The following are my thoughts, and hopefully will help you plan your Jackson Hole fly fishing trip.
First off, we've had a HUGE amount of snow so far this winter. While a lot depends on the weather the next few months, I expect the spring runoff to bigger than normal and last longer. Fear not though, there are plenty of great places to fish during runoff provided you're flexible. Here's a break down of months and where we'll go...
April- Snake and waters over around the Dubois fishing cabin will fish really well. Dry fly fishing can be some of the best of the year and larger fish are happily feeding.
May- As area rivers rise and muddy, lakes become fun options. There's a lot of them around here and I really like taking my drift boat on them to sight-fish with streamers. Typically trout are cruising the shallows and love a leech pattern. Also, there are some small waters that remain clear.
June- Lakes continue to be a good option. Yellowstone also becomes a good choice. Waters in the southwest part of the park (Firehole, Madison, etc.) aren't as effected by the snow melt and make for super-fun days. Also, the Green river will clear and fish. Even when off color and high, the Green can be pretty good with nymphs, streamers and big dry fly patterns.
July- Usually the Snake clears in July. This year, i bet it starts fishing better later in the month. The Green will continue to fish well. The smaller tributaries will also start fishing really well with dry flies.
So there's my super basic brake down on what I'm anticipating for our upcoming early fishing season. Should be another great year and if anything the snow this winter will mean rivers like the Green fish well longer into the season.