....................... ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
Destinations: We hope you liked yesterday's new "Destination" link on the Yellowstone River outside the park. If so, maybe you will like today's. It is another stream that starts in Yellowstone National Park and becomes a huge river - The Snake River.
We call this one the Snake River in Wyoming, since the Snake has another tributary branch in Idaho called the Henry's Fork of the Snake River, as well as this same stream which is damed (again) in Idaho and called the South Fork of the Snake River.
I can remember reading about the trout in the Snake River is Sport's Afield and Field, Outdoor Life and Field and Stream Magazines so old I wouldn't dare tell you to dates of them. It has always been a great river.
When I said "starts in Yellowstone Park" above, that actually isn't true. It's headwaters really starts outside the park on its Southeastern Corner and flows into the park and then exists the park near the South Entrance. The river flows through the Grand Teton National Park and from there into Jackson Lake. The section we have linked starts at the tailwater of Jackson Lake.
You can count on it being at least the middle of July before the river is clear enough from the runoff to fish. We think the best time to fish it is in the late Summer and Early Fall. That misses most of the quote "famous" hatches, but so be it. The fishing always seems to be better and there are other hatches that take place during that time period. The cutthroats are not that selective to the hatches anyway. Besides, that is the time season in the upper Yellowstone River inside the park opens. Who would want to miss seeing that many anglers in one place.
Seriously, if for no other reason, fishing the Snake River outside Yellowstone National Park is worth it just to be able to drift along in sight of the Teton Mountains and the wildlife. It is without question, one of the most beautiful drift boat trips you can go on. If the water conditions are good, it can also be great from a "catching" standpoint. If you haven't done so already, we hope you get the opportunity to fish Wyoming's beautiful Snake River.