Blue Stream Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing Report for:

Snake River - Alpine - Wyoming

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Morning/Afternoon 18-22 Griffiths Gnat, Zebra Midge
February Midges Morning/Afternoon 18-22 Griffiths Gnat, Zebra Midge
March Midges, Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 18-22, 16-20 Griffiths Gnat, Zebra Midge, BWO Sparkle Dun
April Midges, Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 16-20, 18-22 Griffiths Gnat, Zebra Midge, BWO Sparkle Dun
May Blue Winged Olives, Caddis Morning/Evening 14-18, 16-20 BWO Sparkle Dun, Elk Hair Caddis
June Caddis, Salmonflies Evening 10-14, 6-9 Elk Hair Caddis, Sofa Pillow
July Caddis, PMDs Morning/Evening 16-20, 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, PMD Sparkle Dun
August Hoppers, Tricos Morning/Afternoon 10-12, 20-24 Foam Hopper, Trico Spinner
September Tricos, Mahogany Duns Afternoon 20-24, 16-18 Trico Spinner, Mahogany Dun Sparkle Dun
October Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 18-20 BWO Sparkle Dun
November Midges Afternoon 20-22 Zebra Midge
December Midges Morning/Afternoon 20-22 Zebra Midge

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Snake River – Alpine region is a haven for enthusiastic fly fishers complete with picturesque views and bountiful fish. A few spots stand out in this stunning locale:

  • Braided Channels: Teeming with Cutthroat trout, the shallow and clear waters of the braided channels offer perfect conditions for dry fly fishing.
  • Spring Creek Junction: This spot is notable for large rainbow and brown trout. The creek’s slower moving waters give fishers an exciting challenge.
  • South Fork Confluence: Here, the South Fork meets the Snake River, creating a hotspot full of aquatic life and diverse fish species.
  • Palisades Reservoir: This water body offers excellent scenery and a chance to catch trophy trout. Especially effective in early spring, when fish seek warmer waters.
  • Canyon Stretch: A thrilling spot for white water fly fishing. Fast-paced water combined with abundant trout make it a memorable location.

Best Access Points

The Snake River in Alpine is amongst the best destinations for fly fishing, extending over just a thousand miles. Fly fishermen mostly prefer the following access points for its rich fish population and breathtaking scenes.
  • Alpine Boat Ramp: This spot is very accessible and has multiple spots to choose to fish from. Many experienced fishers have reeled in large cutthroats from here.
  • Palisades Reservoir: Despite being a well-known location, it’s possible to find secluded spots for fishing. It boasts a large population of trouts.
  • Conant Boat Ramp: Another top-rated location, especially during the fall. Fishing from a boat is particularly fruitful here.
  • Wolf Creek Bridge: This spot is not only stunning visually but also has an abundant population of big trouts.
  • South Park Bridge: The last location outside Jackson, possessing both slow and fast-moving currents, offering different challenges to fishermen.
Remember that fishing licenses are obligatory, and all restrictions should be followed.

Local Fish

  • Cutthroat Trout: This native species is one of the most targeted fish on the Snake River and is valued for its beauty and fight.
  • Rainbow Trout: These aggressive trout are found throughout the Snake River and are loved by anglers for their size and beautiful colours.
  • Brook Trout: Although not as abundant as the other species, the Brook Trout is a challenging and rewarding fish to catch.
  • Brown Trout: These large, elusive trout are the prize catch for many anglers indulging in fly fishing on the Snake River.
  • Mountain Whitefish: Common throughout the Snake River, these are often plentiful and provide a fun catch.
  • Golden Trout: These extremely rare and highly prized fish are the ultimate catch for many experienced fly fishers.
  • Yellowstone Cutthroat: These trout are native to the Snake River and provide a real fishing challenge due to their wary nature.
  • Bull Trout: These large and aggressive trout are rare, but remarkably satisfying to land if you have the opportunity.

About The River

Ah, the Snake River, a captivating treasure that generously curves its way across the northwestern region of the USA, with a segment of it fondly known as the Alpine.

This enchanting waterway has a rich history that dates back to 11,000 BC, with prehistoric Native American tribes such as the Shoshone and Nez Perce, leaving tell-tale signs of their existence on its banks.

  • Lewis and Clark explored the Snake River on their famous journey westward.
  • Snake River played a significant role in the late 1800’s due to its gold deposits.
  • In 1949, ‘Hells Canyon’, the deepest river gorge in North America, was acknowledged along its course.

The Alpine section is renowned for its breathtaking scenic beauty and wildlife. It’s a haven for river rafting, fishing, and camping, making it a cherished stop for outdoor enthusiasts. Integral to the environmental and historical tapestry of America, the Snake River – Alpine area certainly commands reverence and awe!


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