Snowpack and what to expect

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.

Snow, Snow, Snow, Snow, hey how about some more snow!

What a winter we’re having in Jackson Hole. It seems that the winter storms just keep coming and folks are running out of places to put the snow. So far this week we’ve had the Sears building’s roof collapse and then last night with wind gusts in the valley hitting near 90mphs, numerous power lines buckled, causing a major power outage at Teton Village. The ski resort is closed for the next few days last least as LVE works round the clock to get things back up. Bummer for folks out on ski vacation but fortunately here in town things are okay.

evening view from Teton Fly Fishing cabin

Sunset on the Ramshorn; A view from the Teton Fly Fishing cabin. Lots of snow there. Thank goodness for the snowblower!

All this winter weather has made fishing a bit tough. As February rolls on, I expect things to pick up. Warmer days in the 30s and 40s should get midges hatching and it won’t be long before some good dry fly fishing occurs. I’ve been spending the bulk of my time teaching, both in the high school and alternative high school, and also working over in Dubois at the Teton Fly Fishing cabin. There’s a big remodel underway and I have no doubt my guest will love it! Progress is slow, but we’re making headway and I’m hoping to have things finished by the beginning of April. With all the Snow, critters are all around searching for food. At the cabin, there’s been a mountain lion hunting deer as well as two moose feeding on our aspen trees. It’s a tough time for the animals, but cool to see them up close.

moose at the fishing cabin

One of the moose frequenting the cabin. These guys have been making the rounds feeding on our Aspen trees.

Hunkering down tying flies and strumming the guitar is fun and I’ve been working on small fly patterns for the spring. Really looking forward to some warmer days and jumping fish. Hope everyone’s staying warm.

red midge pattern for spring

This is one of my favorite winter fly patterns; kinda like a zebra midge. It’s red thread, silver wire, a bead and some UV glue. Tie them in size 14-18. I really like to fish this behind a larger stone fly pattern