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Teton Fly Fishing Report

Tuesday August 16th, 2011


Brown Trout Fish the Fly Jackson Wyoming South Fork Snake River

Photographer: Jason Balogh


South Fork of the Snake River – Idaho

Fly fishing on the South Fork has picked up in the past week. Flows were dropped to 9000 cfs out of Palisades Dam last Wednesday and the trout responded. Water clarity is still about 2-3 feet through the whole system.

Some fish are in the riffles eating PMD and Caddis imitations, but the best fishing has been in the side channels and on slower banks with bigger stonefly patterns and droppers. Don’t forget to twitch these bugs to get the fish’s attention!

Being willing to change tactics as different situations present themselves has been the key to catching fish. Streamer fishing has been a great way to get into bigger fish, especially early in the mornings and towards dusk.

Lower flows means less food being scoured from the banks and the trout should look to the surface more for their meals in the next couple of weeks. Bring it on!

Best flies: #8-12 Chubby Chernobyl, #8-10 Water Walker, #16 Quigley’s PMD Cripples Yellow or Pink, #16 Yellow Stimulator, #14 San Juan Worm, #14-16 Zug Bug, #6 Black Leech, #6 Brown Rubber Bugger



Interactive Map of the Snake River South Fork – Idaho fishing license required


Best Flies for the Teton Region

If you are interested in locally tied flies, please contact Fish the Fly at jb@fishthefly.com

  • Fly: Golden Chubby Chernobyl
  • Size: #8-12
  • Details: The Chubby Chernobyl is designed as an attractor pattern, which means it might appear to the trout as any number of different food organisms, such as a grass hopper, a stonefly, a cricket, a large beetle, bee, or a roast beef sandwich.

Golden Chubby Chernobyl Jackson Hole Snake River Fly Fishing The Mountain Pulse


  • Fly: Quigley’s PMD Cripples
  • Size: #16
  • Details: Cripples represent mayflies that are just emerging or got stuck in it’s shuck. The fly is intended is to have its top half reside above water while the bottom half hangs within the water column. You can also try to use rubberlegs to provide more action to the fly.

The Mountain Pulse Fly Fishing South Fork Snake River Jackson Hole


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