Christmas Trout

I spent Christmas eve casting nymphs to trout here in
Jackson Hole. The sun was shinning and temperatures were
near 30F, making for a few good hours of fishing. Given the
last minute nature of the outing, I didn’t venture too far from
the car. A little wading through both snow and water, and I
found a nice long riffle to cast into. My size 20 red midge
nymph was a proven winner, and when it was all said and
done, I caught some fish and made it home in time to have
dinner and brace for Christmas.

It’s always nice to see one of these beauties on a
cold day….

Christmas Cutthroat

Can’t go wrong with a Winston 5wt. Most of the time
I fished two nymphs on a tight line. I did use an indicator
though for a bit, but found tight-lining to be the ticket.

Winter fly fishing on the Snake

A view up river….

On the winter trout water

After a few casts, ice would build up on the guides
requiring some chipping…

Icy guide

Fly Fishing in Yellowstone National Park

We’re rolling into the holidays here in Jackson Hole, and while
there’s still another week or so left in 2013, preparations for
2014 are in the works. The big news here at Teton Fly Fishing
world headquarters is that I am now permitted to guide fly
fishing trips in Yellowstone National Park. This will dovetail nicely
with the other guided fishing trip options I offer, and while I don’t
plan on fishing folks in Yellowstone everyday, I am excited to
have it as an option for clients who want to explore the park.

Yellowstone’s fly fishing waters are legendary. The Firehole and
Madison Rivers draw anglers from all over the world, providing
exceptional dry fly fishing amongst steaming geysers and
roaming buffalo. Additionally, there are an unbelievable amount
of smaller, lesser known streams and lakes too that offer up
some great fly fishing opportunities. For anglers looking to
experience fly fishing in the nation’s first national park, this is for

Below Zero

Us folks in Wyoming have been dealing with some cold
temperatures lately. Currently at Teton Fly Fishing world
headquarters this morning it’s -10. That’s nothing compared to
other places around the state. Canyon Village in Yellowstone
reported -36 the other day. Below zero makes outdoor
activities tough, if not impossible. That said, I do know some
folks who have been out Elk hunting; these are tough men, not
to be messed with.

I recently spent some time at our cabin in Dubois. Every
year about this time we get the water shut off, ensuring pipes
don’t freeze during the times we’re not there. We still get up
there quite a bit. Winter is a great time to ski on Togwotee
Pass or hike the badlands, and also can be pretty fishy, with
the Wind River taking top honors.

Lately I’ve been determined to get some art pieces
finished. Watercolors with ink and trout painted in oils
consumer my winter hours. Yesterday I came near completing
a linoleum-cut for print making (see pic below). I’m hoping to
print a proof today to see how it looks. We’ll see… Hope
everyone’s staying warm and having fun gearing up for the

Trout Linoleum print

Winter fly fishing is upon us here in Jackson Hole

Teton Fly Fishing in late November

Saturday was perhaps the last day of “fall” fly fishing around here. Sure there was snow on the grounds and temperatures weren’t much above freezing, but there wasn’t much snow and it was above freezing. My good friend Matt and I snuck out while our respective ladies decorated for the holiday season. It felt good to get out on the water. Especially since I hadn’t cast a fly in a week or two due to a trip to San Diego and other reasons that I won’t bore you with. The fishing wasn’t fast and furious, but we did catch a few and had a great time catching up. Apparently we weren’t the only ones poking around the river bottom; in addition to elk, moose, coyote and wolf tracks, we also came across fresh grizzly tracks passing through our fishing territory.

Griz Tracks

Cutthroat success as winter sets in

There wasn’t much bug activity, save the occasional midge on the water. However, mountain whitefish were caught on nymphs, while trout in a certain deep run chased streamers. Now, watching the snow blow outside and seeing that temperatures are forecast to fall to well below zero this week, I think it’s only appropriate to admit that winter fishing season has arrived.