Snake River – 9.13.2011

Posted by on September 13th, 2011 in Fishing Reports, Local Fishing, Snake River

2,810 cfs. below Jackson Dam

4,430 cfs. @ Moose

4,470 cfs. below confluence with Flat Creek

5,480 cfs. @ Alpine


Dries: Snake Drake (#12-16), Potter's Trude (#12-14), Humpy, red (#10-14), Yeager's 409 (#10), Mahogany Parachute (#16), Butthead Mahogany dun (#16), Rootbeer Float (#12-14)

Nymphs: Pheasant Tail (#14-18), Torrin's Soft Hackle (#16), Morrish's Hotwire (#16)

Streamers: Hickman's Flesh-Eating sculpin (#4), Galloup's #%$ Dungeon (#4) , J.J. Skunk (#6), Garett's Bellydancer (#6)

  Comments: We're entering that transitional period between late summer and early fall on the Snake, which means shifting to smaller flies (well, smaller for us anyway...), and bigger fish coming up to eat them. Cooler nights mean that we're starting to see more Mahogany and Hecuba, or "Snake Drake" mayflies on the water.

Streamers are working better and better on the Snake as well. The J.J. Special is a local pattern that has been a proven fish finder year in and year out, but don't overlook the black and white variation of the J.J, also known as "The Skunk." The Skunk is a "go-to" on the Snake, particularly on overcast days.

We often get the question - "what is the best time of year to fish the Snake?" Our answer is invariably, "September," and this season is proving to be no exception. Give us a call at the shop (307-733-7210) if you'd like to experience the Snake in its prime.