Lake fishing…

Late May can be a tough time to find fishy water around Jackson Hole. Temperatures have been warm and snow melt has made most of our favorite trout waters high and unfishable. Time to get out the extra spools of sinking fly line and boxes of leeches and wooly buggers.

I had some fun friends join me last week for a few days of lake fly fishing. We headed south, taking the drift boat out and targeted cruising browns, rainbows and lake trout. While we didn’t catch tons of fish, we did hook up enough to stay interested and managed a handful of pretty nice size trout. Olive, black and brown beadhead leech patterns worked best (great spring lake flies!) but we also threw some streamers with a little more flash and got some aggressive takes too. Each day ended with beer, whiskey and grilled meat. Not a bad way to enjoy spring. The guys got out of town just in time for more rain and snow; the makings of which made it easier to hunker down and replumb the fishing cabin.

Seth B with a nice brown trout

seth and brown trout

Raph with one of his chunky rainbows

raf and rainbow

In the coming days, i have a few fishing trips on the books. We’ll most likely continue to target still waters with leech patterns.

Spring adventures in fly fishing

It’s May and I’m getting excited for fishing here in Wyoming! Seems like we didn’t have much in the way of pre runoff fly fishing the past few months. Weather was lousy and then when things got nice, the water came up and dirtied. I did get out a bit, floating some great folks on the Snake before things went down hill. A lot of time over the past month and half though was spent pursuing bonefish in the Bahamas; first on Abaco, then on Andros.

Unexpectedly, I got a last minute invite from a friend to join him and other friends at the Abaco Lodge for 5 days. I jumped at the opportunity and in less than 24 hours was on a flats boat looking for bonefish. I’ve never been on a trip like this- guides every day, meals, drinks, everything taken care of. It was incredible! The best part of the trip was the group of guys I was with; just top notch folk, all appreciative and enjoying the special trip we were on.

The guides and staff at the lodge were fantastic and worked hard to put us on fish. The highlight for me was fishing with Marty Sawyer, a character and expert Abaco guide. Marty was full of stories, area history and fishing passion. His enthusiasm was contagious and my boat mate, Jim, and I had a blast!

Kurt hooked up on Andros

Kurt hooked up with the first bonefish of the trip. 

Oh barracuda

I love the toothy critters! Barracuda are a fun fish to target with the fly rod. This guys ran like hell and jumped like a brown trout!

andros bonefish

Nothing better than hooking one of these guys while wading white sand flats

After returning from Abaco, my attention focused on Andros, a trip in the making for a while. Jamie and I flew to Nassau, met up with our good friends Kurt and Kelly, and flew in a six-seat Piper to North Andros. Once there, we settled into island life, renting a house on a protected cove and generally having a blast. Kurt and I fished hard everyday on the vast white sand flats, catching some nice bonefish and other species. We also all went snorkeling and kayaking together, spending the evenings cooking and drinking too much Kalik and Rum.

While always hard leaving the Bahamas, it is nice coming home to Tetons and the many trout waters here in western Wyoming. I can’t wait to get out on them!

april hookup on the Snake river

Tyler hooked up on the Snake pre runoff. Conditions were good but we had to fight or our fish.

Spring’s springing

Mid March always hints at warmer weather to come. All of a sudden days are longer and precipitation in the Jackson valley can just as easily be rain as snow. This past weekend gave us two glorious days of sunshine and relatively warm temperatures. Naturally the best thing to do was go fishing!

The Bennetts on the water

Jamie, Lulu and I loaded into the truck and headed south into the Snake River canyon. We donned snowshoes, allowing us to walk over snow and access a nice piece of water that has treated us well in the past. This was part fishing trip, park dog training expedition and all around family fun day. We were hoping to fish to rising cutthroat trout but they never materialized. I think that despite the air temperature, cold water prevented aggressive surface feeding. Instead we tied on nymphs and streamers and brought a few fish to hand.

March cutthroat

Overall Lulu did well. As some of you know, Lulu’s retriever instincts kick into overdrive when fish are involved. While she did get excited, I think she did noticeably better. When we got home, we realized how great it was to get out together in the sun and on the water! Can’t wait for more days like it to come.

my lady and dog

mild winter so far

hmmmm. What’s been going on around here at Teton Fly Fishing world headquarter? Well, not too much. I’ve been busying doing a lot of substitute teaching lately. The weather’s been pretty lousy so it hasn’t been bad being inside with high schoolers. So far this winter, snow and cold temps have alluded us. Days have been grey and kind of mild. Fish can be found gorging on midges during the warmer day in slow backwaters. Also tying a lot of flies and booking trips for the upcoming season. Hopefully my friend Matt and I will get out this weekend and scare up some fish.

I took two fine folks from Memphis out yesterday for a few hours on the Snake. I was hoping to get them into some rising cutthroat trout but I think the shift to colder temperatures (single digits) put the fish down. When the sun was out we did see bugs, but not much in terms of feeding fish. Fortunately Bruce managed a whitefish and some other strikes and he and his lady seemed to enjoy themselves.

Bruce hooked up on the Snake

Bruce hooked up

As some of you may know, I’m a bit of a guitar junkie. Always on the prowl for an old instrument to add to the stable, I couldn’t resist a beat up vintage Martin 0-18. The guitar arrived Friday night and I haven’t been able to put it down. Despite being ridden hard and put up wet, this little 1952 Martin sounds FANTASTIC!

The new (old) Geetar! Single 0 body, mahogany back and sides, spruce top, rosewood board… oh how i love thee. Feel free to send any of your old guitars to me….

old martin

Nymphing the January Blues Away

After what seemed like an eternity, I finally got out fishing! Really, it’d only been a month or so, but if felt like forever. I used a new Orvis Recon 10′ 4wt that I got a while back specifically for nymph fishing on the Wind. Being so busy guiding this past year though, I hadn’t broke it out yet. The temperature was in the mid 40s, the sun was shinning and midges were all over the water. After easing into things and and experimenting with some fly patterns, I hooked a nice brown trout who decided to run me down river and eventually popped off. At least he jumped a few times and i got a good look at him. Up river I continued, hooking up with some rainbows and browns. I finally turned back for the truck when my right leg became too numb from the ice cold water that filled up my waders- turns out I had a pretty good hole in the leg and from the minute i got in the river, water began soaking my foot and leg. Got to say it was great to get out, especially in some mild weather conditions!

First fish land on the new rod. The first fish hooked on the new rod was a wiley brown that jumped a few times and took off down river…. I laughed and appluded his efforts

rainbow on the recon

A nice looking piece of Wyoming trout water..

wyoming water

Had to be at least one fish there right? That’s mr. brown trout

browntown in January

Overall I was pretty happy with the 10′ Recon rod. I had it matched with a new Battenkill reel (I think these are FANTASTIC trout reels) and a floating Orvis nymphing line. Even though the rod was a 4wt, it seemed pretty stiff (not surprising though since it seems like everyone is obsessed with fast action rods). It cast nice and felt good fighting fish. I threw a streamer a little bit with it and it had PLENTY of power to send that thing whereever I wanted. Fishing with some weight and nymphs, it cast accurately in close with just a foot or so of fly line out and also at longer distances. I guess the one benifit of the stiffer tip is that I could set the hook quickly… I am curious to try the 3wt version; maybe the tip will be a little softer..? Still though, I feel like this is a good setup for nymph fishing our bigger freestone rivers in Wyoming.

New Year

Holy smokes, 2018! Another new year means new fly fishing adventures here at Teton Fly Fishing. I was fortunately to finish the year strong with a few winter wade fishing trips with folks. The Snake treated us pretty well, allowing clients to hook numerous trout and whitefish. Of course these call came on nymphs; especially a caddis pupa pattern of mine.

Nymphing proved successful!

winter fly fishing success on the Snake river

Now as i mentioned, thoughts have turned to the upcoming season. In addition to guiding, I am putting some trips/ideas on paper. Hoping to get down to Flaming Gorge with my friend Matt in the next few month. We try to sneak down in February or March, taking advantage of the midges and BWOs that hatch and the relative solitude in the canyon. It also looks like we’re gonna head down to the Bahamas in the spring for a little relaxation and bonefishing. It’s always fun planning these trips, giving me something to look forward to during the long winter months.

As far as local fishing opportunities go, I have a few alpine lakes I want to check out on days off. I’ve also become fond of exploring a fishing small cutthroat streams and there are no shortage around here. While I’ve fished plenty over the years, there are always new ones to explore and I can’t wait to take the 3wt out on them! Time permitting, I’ll also squeeze in a car camping/fishing trip or two.

Discovering wild cutthroat in a tiny stream in 2017. Hoping to have more adventures like this in the year to come!

Colorado River Cutthroat

Not a big brown, but one of the prettiest from the past year. Wild, off the beaten path Wyoming waters often yield gems like this.

small stream brown trout

The weather here in Jackson has been pretty mild- no snow falling and temperatures aren’t too bad. This has me thinking about wetting a line locally. I imagine there are a few trout that would find a drifted nymph irresistible! In the meantime, i’ll continue tying flies and working on paintings.

One of my nymph boxes almost filled. I’m trying to be more deliberate with what flies I tie and fill my boxes with. I don’t know if it’s neccessary to have a ton of different patterns when I always come back to the same ones time and time again. This box has lots of beadhead in my most productive nymphs for fishing Wyoming freestone waters.

Nymph fly box

Snow and Whitefish

Well, when someone wants to do some winter fly fishing, better go fishing. Craig was visiting from TX and wanted to wet a line this week. We headed out for a few hours on the Snake yesterday despite the snow. We found some nice deep runs and proceeded to hook up with quite a few fish! Gotta love the eager whitefish!

Craig enjoying some winter fly fishing in Jackson Hole.

Hooking up in December

Admiring a whitefish


Short Days

Boy, I’m not sure where the time has gone. It’s already approaching Christmas! Not much fishing news to report. I’ve been doing a fair amount of substitute teaching and artwork. Jamie, Lulu and I took a road trip over Thanksgiving to the Pacific Northwest. We visited some friends in OR and WA and got to see the Pacific Ocean.

I was hoping to do some Steelhead fishing, but conditions didn’t cooperate. Most waters close to us were running high and muddy so I didn’t feel too bad about keeping the rod packed away. We did see some salmon and steelhead though at the Bonneville Dam fish ladder. It’s remarkable what these fish have to endure and mind-blowing to think that they run hundreds of miles inland. Hopefully we’ll get back out that way again and wet a line. Otherwise things are pretty calm around here in Jackson Hole. I’m tying flies and building some cigar box guitars; hoping to fill some orders in time for Christmas.

Jamie and Lulu at the Pacific Ocean in OR. Super cool introducing Lu to the ocean.

Jamie and Lulu at the Pacific

Brought along the watercolors and did a quick sketch on the beach

a little watercolor sketch at Cannon Beach

Really neat to watch the salmon and steelhead as they navigate the fish ladder. 

eye to eye with a salmon

A few of my latest creations. Working on finishing a bunch of these and shipping them to folks in time for Xmas.

cigar box guitars

Fishing’s kept me busy

I’m back! Holy Smokes, I didn’t realize how much I have been slacking on my blog… Summer and Fall have flown by and I’ve done a poor job keeping up with things here on the Teton Fly Fishing blog. So sorry to anyone who checks this every now and then. Now that things are slowing down i’ll do a better job of keeping up on the happenings around here.

This fishing season has been one of the busiest I can remember. I had a nice mix of return clients and new folks, fishing them on numerous waters around here in Jackson. Things are slowing down around here, but the fishing continues to be pretty fantastic. In fact, probably some of the best of the year. BWOs are the name of the game right now. Water levels have dropped on the Snake to winter levels. Fish are stacked up in runs and pools, along banks and in riffles, sipping away on the tiny mayflies that hatch every afternoon. It’s always fun to see our native cutthroat trout feeding away! Here are a few photos from recent weeks.

Derek and his lovely lady fishing the Snake with me in September.

d and laurel on snake

Lulu on a hiking/fishing adventure with Jamie and I the other week.


Bill shows off a nice October cutthroat trout. Always fun to get out fishing with Bill!

Bill in October

Snowy day on the Buffalo Fork. Matt and I fished in some early season winter weather. A few fish were caught, but overall it was an exercise in staying warm.

B. Fork in the snow

The week in review

Fly Fishing continue to heat up here in Jackson Hole. I spent the past week fishing folks on a variety of waters. The Green river is now fishing pretty well and it’s my go to for float trips at this time since the Snake is still high and muddy. Grey Drakes, PMDs, Stoneflies, etc. are all hatching on the Green. The fishing hasn’t been easy, but we’ve caught some nice fish. Additionally, the Lewis and upper Snake river in Yellowstone has made for some fun wade fishing for guests.

Mike shows off a nice cutthroat from Flat Creek. A few Green Drakes got the fish looking up…

mike with cutthroat

Steve hooked up on the upper Snake in Yellowstone National Park. Note the confluence of the Snake and Lewis rivers. The Snake there is still off color but clearing quickly. Dry fly fishing is pretty good!

fly fishing the upper Snake

Mike and Nick floated the Green with me a few days back. The fish made these guys work, but they managed to hold their own and caught a couple nice browns and rainbows.

Nick with a nice Green river Rainbow

Susan is all smiles on the Lewis river. Nymphs and Dry flies got the job done.

Susan hooked up