Blue Stream Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing Report for:

Snake River - Moran - 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 Midge Day 20-22 Zebra Midge
Winter Stonefly Day 16-18 Black Ghost
February Midge Day 18-20 Zebra Midge
Winter Stonefly Day 16-18 Black Ghost
March Midge Day 16-18 Pheasant Tail
Caddis Day 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis
April Midge Day 14-16 Zebra Midge
Black Caddis Evening 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis
Blue Wing Olive Afternoon 18-20 Parachute Adams
May Blue Wing Olive Afternoon 16-18 Parachute Adams
Golden Stonefly Day 8-12 Golden Stone Nymph
Green Drake Day 10-12 Coffin Fly
June Green Drake Day 10-12 Coffin Fly
Golden Stonefly Day 8-12 Golden Stone Nymph
PMD Day 14-16 PMD Sparkle Dun
Caddis Evening 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis
July PMD Day 14-16 PMD Sparkle Dun
Golden Stonefly Day 8-12 Golden Stone Nymph
Caddis Evening 14-16 Elk Hair Caddis
August Hoppers Day 8-12 Chernobyl Hopper
September Mahoganies Day 16-18 Mahogany Sparkle Dun
October Blue Wing Olive Afternoon 18-20 Blue Wing Olive Emerger
Midge Day 20-22 Zebra Midge
November Midge Day 20-22 Zebra Midge
Winter Stonefly Day 16-18 Black Ghost
December Midge Day 20-22 Zebra Midge
Winter Stonefly Day 16-18 Black Ghost

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 in Moran is a veritable paradise for fly fishing enthusiasts. Its bountiful waters provide a thriving habitat for a range of fish species and promise an engaging angling experience.
  • Oxbow Bend: Known for its picturesque view and abundant wildlife, is popular among trout fishermen.
  • Jackson Lake Dam: The water downstream of the dam is prized for large lake trout. A hatch of drakes in the Summer makes for excellent dry fly fishing.
  • Pacific Creek Confluence: A less crowded, more secluded fishing area with ample opportunities for catching cutthroat trout.
  • Buffalo Fork River: A tributary of the Snake River, filled with large trout and excellent for fishing in early summer.
  • Snake River Canyon: This stretch of the river is perfect for catching whitefish and the occasional trout. It is usually best on warmer days in winter.

Best Access Points

Fly-fishing enthusiasts will find the Snake River – Morran stretch filled with opportunities. This region is known for its aggressive cutthroat trout, and the best access points include:

  • Cattleman’s Bridge: This offers direct access to the river and is a popular spot for anglers.
  • Pacific Creek: Merging at Moran, this creek enhances fish population in the river. Anglers often find large cutthroats here.
  • Buffalo Fork: This is a renowned tributary, famed for spring fly-fishing.
  • Oxbow Bend: This slow-water bend is frequented by large trout, making it a promising spot for fly fishers.
  • Snake River Canyon: Steep cliffs offer a scenic backdrop and good fishing along the river stretch.

Remember to follow local regulations while fishing and respect the natural habitats you enjoy.

Local Fish

  • Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout: This native species is among the most popular targeted by fly fishermen on the Snake River.
  • Rainbow Trout: This species is widely spread out in the Snake River and typically feeds near the surface of the water.
  • Brown Trout: Known for its strong fight and large size, brown trout are a prized catch for fly fishermen.
  • Mountain Whitefish: Known for its sustainably sized population, the mountain whitefish provides a reliable target for fishermen.
  • Brook Trout: This species is known for its beautiful markings and small but fierce spirit.
  • Snake River Cutthroat: A native species and state fish of Wyoming, the Snake River Cutthroat is a favorite amongst fly fisherman due to its aggressive nature towards flies.
  • Bull Trout: Although a threatened species and required to be released upon catch, the Bull Trout is still a targeted fish due to its size and strength.
  • Chinook Salmon: Though not as abundant as other species, Chinook Salmon migrate through the Snake River and are an exciting and rewarding catch for fly fishermen.

About The River

Winding its way like a twisting serpent for nearly 1,078 miles, the Snake River is one of the largest rivers in the Northwestern United States. It starts in the stunning wilderness of Yellowstone National Park – specifically around the area of Moran.

The river has a rich Native American history. The Nez Perce, Shoshone, and Bannock tribes all lived along its banks, thriving on the abundance of salmon and wildlife. Over time, it provided important routes for fur traders and pioneer settlers moving westwards.

Today, the Snake River is known for its:

  • Stunning natural beauty – including magnificent canyons and waterfalls
  • Excellent fishing – famous for its trout and sturgeon
  • Diverse wildlife – including eagles, ospreys, and even bears!

So, whether you’re a history buff, nature lover, or outdoor enthusiast, the Snake River never fails to captivate and awe with its natural majesty and historical significance.


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