Snake River Fishing Report

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Jackson is the ideal hub for exploring the Snake River, a surging, full spirited river that provides a direct connection between Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. The setting is breathtakingly beautiful – jagged peaks jutting into the sky while the river and its maze of channels and tributaries “snake” their way through the verdant, lush valley. Important to early explorers seeking passage west, the Pacific and Atlantic Creeks reach the Continental Divide at Two Ocean Pass near Jackson and part ways. The Atlantic Creek turns east, merges into the Yellowstone River and eventually flows into the Missouri while the Pacific Creek turns west and merges into the Snake, becoming the largest tributary of the Columbia, eventually reaching the ocean.

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Known for its own unique trout, the Snake River finespotted cutthroat can only be found in the waters around the Jackson Hole valley. Considered by experts to have once been the only trout species in the Western interior, it has evolved into 14 different subspecies. To this day, its native range is limited to the upper Snake from Heart Lake to the Palisades Reservoir. Despite the finespotted’s hearty, undiscerning appetite and a seeming willingness to eat just about anything, experienced anglers view this fish as the most aggressive, hardest fighting trout to snare. As a result, when you catch one you earn major bragging rights. 
 
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The most heavily fished areas of the Snake’s run through western Wyoming are the 35 miles in the park between Jackson Dam and the 17 remaining miles flowing through Jackson Hole. This section of the river is ranked as one of the best dry-fly streams in the West. Snake enthusiasts recommend floating the river although newcomers are advised to only go with a guide and veterans are reminded to exercise caution, as the water can be turbulent and unpredictable. Should you decide to wade, be mindful of swift currents along undercut banks and stick to quiet, shallow river sections and side channels. Great stream fishing can be found at Gros Ventre River and Flat Creek.
 
Tributaries:
The Salt River and Henrys Fork are among its tributaries
Source:
Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone National Park
Mouth:
Columbia River
Length:
1,078 miles
Basin:
107,510 sq miles
Seasonal Conditions
Season
Hatches
SpringMidge, Baetis
SummerStonefly, Golden Stone, Little Yellow Stone, Caddis, Pale Morning Dun, Gray Drake, Terrestrials
FallCaddis, Baetis, Midge, Mahogany Dun, Terrestrials
Guide Reports
Last week's warm up has provided some good fishing on the Snake River. It looks like there is more warmer weather ahead which should lead to some comfortable fishing. Winter black ... moreand brown stone files are starting to emerge. Midges and Baetis will be the vast majority of hatches for the remainder of winter. Streamers too!
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Date:
Monday, 15 Feb, 2016
Fishing Trips
The Snake River is one of the most cherished streams in the world of fly fishing. As a permitted outfitter in Grand Teton National Park and Bridger Teton National Forest, Snake River ... moreAngler offers mores sections of the river than any other outfitter in the region. Snake River full day trips occur on eight sections of river within Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest, and parcels under the authority of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). These are considered amongst the most beautiful sections of river on which we guide, with majestic views of the Teton Range, the Gros Ventre Range, and Snake River Canyon. Well over 95 percent of the trout on this river are native Snake River Fine-Spotted Cutthroat trout and Yellowstone Cutthroat trout. The Snake River is considered to have the strongest population of Native Cutthroat left in the Rocky Mountain West.
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  • Expert Guide
We offer casting lessons for anyone new to the sport of fly fishing, or for those that would just like to polish their skills a little. We offer both half and full-hour lessons. For ... moreanyone that is new to the sport we can have you effectively casting in about 15 minutes, and using advanced casting techniques soon after that. We also offer instruction on using different types of flies and fly fishing tackle.

Half hour lessons are $20, and full hour lessons are $30.
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  • Transportation to the river from your hotel
  • Expert guide
We specialize in catching "monster" Sturgeon. We provide a great lunch made exactly to your specifications, non-alcoholic beverages, and all the snacks you will need. We provide transportation ... moreto and from your hotel to the river. We have everything you need for a successfull trip - fly fishing equipment including top of the line rods, reels, leaders, and flies tied by our own guides.
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Destination:
  • Transportation to the river from your hotel
  • Expert guide
We offer full day float trips/walk-in-wade and 1/2 day trips for individuals or groups looking to fly fish. We provide a great lunch made exactly to your specifications, non-alcoholic ... morebeverages, and all the snacks you will need. We provide transportation to and from your hotel to the river. We have everything you need for a successfull trip - fly fishing equipment including top of the line rods, reels, leaders, and flies tied by our own guides.
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