Planning Your Fly-fishing Trip To Yellowstone
...........................  ......................Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park

When to Come and What To Expect:

Fly Fishing: Outside Yellowstone National Park - Snake River
The Snake River begins in Yellowstone National Park and flows out of it near the South
Entrance into the Teton National Park and Jackson Lake. The area of the Snake River
this is about extends approximately eighty miles from the tailwater of Jackson Lake to
Palisades Lake.

August is a great time to fish the river, especially the area near Jackson Hole where
you have the Teton Mountains in the background. This section of the river can provide
some of the most enjoyable float trips there are in Yellowstone Country. Native Snake
River Fine Spotted Cutthroat trout and Yellowstone Cutthroat trout make up its
population. The trout will range from ten inches to eighteen inches.

You don't have to fish the Snake from a drift boat but you will enjoy the trip more, catch
more fish as a general rule and see more scenery. There are plenty of places to wade
along its riffles and side channels. It is standard procedure on some of the sections
that are floated to stop and do some wade fishing.

The cutthroat trout are usually not very picky and fly patterns are not critical. You will
do better fishing imitations of whatever is hatching, of course, but larger terrestrial
patterns and streamers work great for searching the water. Imitations of grasshoppers,
ants and beetles will work great in August. It is common practice to use large dropper
rigs with strike indicators. Tandem rigs with a large hooper on the surface and a nymph
dropper also work great.

There are several sections of water to choose from in its eighty mile length starting just
below the dam at Jackson Lake down to the canyon sections not far above Palisades
Lake. There are several public boat launch ramps and fishing access points along the
way.
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