Fishing Season: Year Round (Prime: June 15 - September 15)

Snake River - WY

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


WorldCast Anglers's Tip of the Week

The Snake is transitioning to fall mode. Look for flows to drop to 280 cfs by October 2nd. Best fishing times are going to be mid-day periods and afternoons.

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Map of Snake River

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5-Day Outlook as of 10/2/23

Cloudy overcast days are brining out the Mahoganies and BWOs.

Techniques & Tips as of 10/2/23

Look for fish in slower water types this time of year. Full WorldCast Anglers Fishing Reports can be viewed at

Local Species Available Year Round (Prime: June 15 - September 15)

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    Snake River Finespotted Cutthroat Trout

WorldCast Anglers's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Indicator Parachute - BWO N/A 16-20
Parachute Pheasant Tail N/A 14-18
TH Duracell Jig N/A 12-14
TH Skinny Quill Nymph N/A 14-18
Lil Kim Olive, Copper 4 - 10
Sex Dungeon Olive 4-6
Schroeder's Hi-Vis Hopper N/A 10-14
Krystal Bugger Olive 2-6
Purple Haze Parachute N/A 10-16
Tung Jig Pheast Tail N/A 10-18

Indicator Parachute - BWO

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WorldCast Anglers's Recommended Gear

Description: About Snake River

Welcome to Jackson, WY, home to some of the finest dry fly fishing the world. The Snake River and its tributaries are some of the last places in the world that one can find Snake River Finespotted Cutthroat Trout, one of the 14 subspecies of Cutthroat Trout. These fish won the race during the last ice age and became the dominate species in the area, leaving the rainbow behind below Shoshone Falls near Twin Falls, Idaho. The Snake River Finespotted Cutthorat Trout are the gem of the valley, a beautiful bronze color with fine spots extended from their head to tail. These trout have developed an aggressive nature that is needed to cope with the harsh conditions they experience. Winters are often long and cold, spring run-off is big and powerful and summer is often hot and dry. Thus, the Snake River Finespotted Cutthroat is a superb dry-fly eating machine. Spring run-off usually subsides in late June and the Snake usually begins to clear and fish well by the first weeks of July. These dates are not set in stone, high water years and drought can affect the runoff process from year to year. It is wise to check with our store or monitor flows of our local streams utilizing, choose Wyoming and local for the Snake River flows. The Snake is a big river that demands respect and careful wading. 9ft 5wt and 6wt rods are necessary to fish the Snake and other big water effectively. WF lines and 9ft 3x and 4x leaders are staple. Pre-runoff, anglers can find midges, Blue wing olives, Rthrogenias (March Browns), skwalla stoneflies, Capnia Stoneflies, as well as a multitude of caddis. Stoneflies start popping after run-off, with the water clearing and lack of fishing pressure, fishing can be quite fantastic. Salmonflies and golden stoneflies create quite a ruckus as fish gorge themselves on big buoyant dry flies. Pale Morning Dunes, Yellow Sallies, and Grey Drakes start hatching around the mid July. Hoppers and Terrestrials start to become important in July lasting into the dog days of summer and early fall. Hopper/Dropper combinations are very effective for covering two areas of the water column at one time. Fall time marks the beginning of Mahogany mayflies, Hecuba drakes, and the streamer season with elk bugling, aspens golden and the summer crowds gone. Thus, the cycle begins again.

Nearest Airport:

Jackson Hole Airport (JAC)


Anglers are seeing great fall - Hecuba Drakes, Mahoganies and BWOs. Cloudy overcast days are best. Bring the streamers too!

Best Time to Fish:

All Day

Best Stretch:

All sections have been fishing well.

Best Access:

Jackson Lake Dam, Pacific Creek, Deadmans, Moose, Wilson, South Park, Astoria, Elbow, West Table.