Winter fishing trips on the Snake River

  Winter fly fishing in Jackson Hole

Most folks think of winter in Jackson Hole as a skier’s paradise. And while this is undeniably true, it also can be a fun place to fly fish. Winter fishing appeals to hardy anglers seeking solitude, sweeping views and the chance to catch some of our native cutthroat trout and mountain whitefish. Unlike summer, most of the fly-fishing is done subsurface with nymphs and small midge patterns. Anglers trudge through snow, finding deep, slow pools holding wintering fish. Dead-drifting nymphs will work best, however some days trout rise sporadically to midges on the surface. While fishing, there is the added possibility of seeing moose and eagles along the river.

I offer anglers a half -day winter walk-in trips on the Snake River as well as overnight trips to fish the Wind River in Dubois. Like my summer trips, I pick folks up at their hotel and provide all fishing gear- rods, reels, flies, waders, etc. as well as snacks, coffee and drinks. Some walking or snowshoeing (up to a mile) is required, so it’s best to be in decent shape.

Half day walk-in Snake river trip (1 or 2 anglers) $325

Overnight trips make for two fun days of fishing the Wind river while staying at a warm, cozy cabin. The Wind provides good nymph fishing for nice Browns and Rainbows. In addition to fly fishing, there is some great cross-country skiing to be had. If you looking for a winter fishing/ski getaway, this may be perfect!

Overnight trip (1 or 2 anglers) $900

If this sounds like fun, give me a call or shoot me an email and let me take you fly-fishing while you’re visiting this winter!

Underwater trout footage

Back in August, having a day off, Sage and I jump in Sir
Walter and headed up the Gros Ventre river for some fishing and
gold panning. Earlier in the spring, I had lost my new sluice box
to the river and thought I’d snorkel the area in the off chance
that I could find it. I didn’t end up finding the sluice box, but I
did do a good amount of snorkeling. While doing so, I filmed
some cool trout footage with my little waterproof digital camera.
I’ve finally gotten around to posting an edited version of the
footage. Enjoy..

Interviewed in a great book on Fly Fishing Yellowstone

Always on the prowl for good regional fly fishing books, I
thought I’d give folks a heads up on a great book about fly
fishing in Yellowstone, written by fisherman, freelance
journalist and rocker, Nate Schweber. Schweber’s book,
Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park, an insider’s guide
to the 50 best places
, came out a few months back and
I’ve been meaning to mention it, but haven’t found the time
until now.

yellowstone fly fishing book

While there are many good books about fishing in our first
National Park, Nate’s take is a little different; not so much a
how-to book, as much as a personalized account of special-
waters and memorable moments told by a collection of
fisherman such as Tom McGuane, Jimmy Carter, etc. You can
even read a chapter/interview with yours truly about fishing
the Fall River. (who would’ve thought the “Powers that Be”
would allow me to share pages with Dick Cheney…)

Schweber’s book is a great read and deserves to be on
your bookshelf. Plus, Christmas is coming and it’d make a
great gift….. Get it here.

Nate Bennett, Teton Fly FIshing chapter

End of season on Flat Creek

Another season has come to an end on Flat Creek. Elk are
starting to move onto it from the hills and it won’t be long
before several thousand batten down for the winter. I
managed to fish on the Refuge a few more times over the last
couple weeks, trying to fool the large, stubborn trout that
inhabit its waters. I thought it fitting to post a nice series of
photos taken from a recent day spent on the water with Kurt.

on Flat Creek

releasing a cutthroat

letting him go


swimming away