Blue Stream Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing Report for:

Snake River - Below Flat Creek - 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

Directions To Location

Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
Winter Stones Midday 14-18 Black Stonefly Nymph, Pats Rubber Legs
February Midges Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
Winter Stones Midday 14-18 Black Stonefly Nymph, Pats Rubber Legs
March Midges Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
Blue Wing Olives Morning-Afternoon 18-20 Blue Wing Olive
April Midges Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
Blue Wing Olives Morning-Afternoon 18-20 Blue Wing Olive
May March Browns Noon-Evening 12-14 Sulphur Parachute
Caddis Evening 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis
June Green Drakes Afternoon 10-12 Green Drake Parachute
Yellow Sallies Afternoon-Evening 14-16 Yellow Stimulator
July Green Drakes Afternoon 10-12 Green Drake Parachute
Hoppers All day 6-10 Parachute Hopper
August Yellow Sallies Afternoon-Evening 14-16 Yellow Stimulator
Hoppers All day 6-10 Parachute Hopper
September Caddis Evening 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis
Hoppers All day 6-10 Parachute Hopper
October Blue Wing Olives Morning-Afternoon 18-20 Blue Wing Olive
October Caddis Evening 10-12 Orange Stimulator
November Blue Wing Olives Morning-Afternoon 18-20 Blue Wing Olive
Midges Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
December Midges Afternoon 18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
Winter Stones Midday 14-18 Black Stonefly Nymph, Pats Rubber Legs

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 – Below Flat Creek is a paradise for fly fishing enthusiasts. Some of the best spots include:

  • Swan Valley: Heralded as one of the best parts of Snake River for dry-fly fishing.
  • South Fork Snake River: Popular for its excellent brown and rainbow trout fishing opportunities.
  • Palisades Reservoir: This spot is excellent for snagging cutthroats, browns, and rainbows.
  • Confluence of the Hoback: Known for catching Snake River Finespotted Cutthroat trout.

Other incredible spots include:

  1. The tailwater stretch below Jackson Dam.
  2. The section of the river at Jackson Hole One Fly.
  3. The area upstream of Palisades Reservoir.

From beginners to seasoned anglers, these spots on Snake River offer an abundance of opportunities for a memorable fly fishing experience.

Best Access Points

The Snake River, a stunning location below Flat Creek, boasts excellent fly fishing spots. Here are the most accessible ones:

  • Swan Valley Bridge: Renowned for its convenient location and abundant Rainbow Trout.
  • Cottonwood Access Point: Ideal for post-winter fishing expeditions due to its unmatched visibility.
  • South Fork Lodge: Top choice for overnight trips, known for Cutthroat Trout.
  • Conant Valley Boat Ramp: Excellent launch and exit point for floating fishing trips.
  • Palisades Dam: Offers a variety of fish species and impressive water depths.

Remember that accessibility depends on the time of year and weather conditions. Always check local regulations and licensing requirements before fishing. These points provide easy access and significant potential for a successful fly fishing excursion on the Snake River, below Flat Creek.

Local Fish

  • Cutthroat Trout: Known as the native fish of the Snake River, ideal for fly fishing due to their eagerness to rise to dry flies.
  • Rainbow Trout: Full of energy and fight, this type of trout is present in abundance in the Snake River.
  • Mountain Whitefish: Although not considered by most as a game fish, it can be fun to catch on a fly rod.
  • Brown Trout: Wider and usually larger than other trouts, they tend to go for flies imitating small baitfish.
  • Brook Trout: A beautifully colored fish that willingly rises to dry flies.
  • Sturgeon: Although unlikely to be targeted for fly fishing, this massive fish could provide an unparalleled battle if hooked.
  • Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout: Even though population numbers have drastically declined, this species is highly sought after for its beauty.
  • Chinook Salmon: The largest species in the Pacific salmon family that inhabits the Snake River seasonally.

About The River

The Snake River, one of the primary rivers in the United States, is glorious in almost every aspect, especially the stretch below Flat Creek. The river is legendary for its rich early years, when the Native American tribes, such as the Shoshone, utilized its sustenance.

Starting from the Hudson Bay, the river flows a whooping 1,078 miles before uniting with the Columbia River. Notable for its picturesque landscapes, the section beneath Flat Creek offers awe-inspiring views of the Teton Range.

The Snake River – Below Flat Creek also has an intriguing history of human activity. Early settlers relied on:

  • Fishing: Teeming with diverse fish species, the river served as a primary food source for settlers
  • Transportation: As a watercourse, the Snake facilitated movement and trade

In the modern day, the region is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with activities like riverside camping and world-class fly fishing.

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