Jackson Hole is a world-class destination for fishing trips, but it’s especially magical for fly fishing. Many places around the world offer excellent fly fishing experiences, but few places offer an opportunity quite like Jackson Hole. Between incredible, coveted catches and breathtaking scenery, Wyoming is a true haven for anglers. Here’s everything you need to know before fly fishing in Jackson Hole.
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How to Have the Best Experience Fly Fishing in Jackson Hole
About Fly Fishing in Jackson Hole
Fly fishing in Jackson Hole is sure to be a positive experience whether you’re a seasoned angler or you’ve never picked up a fly rod before. The sport is possible for much of the year, but the ideal time is usually June through September. The weather is warm and comfortable, and the water has cleared after the spring runoff. Although the surrounding mountains are always a welcome backdrop for any outing, there’s something especially magical about connecting with the intimate waterways and nuances of the area.
The Best Fly Fishing Spots
The centerpiece of fly fishing in Jackson is Snake River which runs through the Cathedral Group of the Teton Mountains. It’s the most popular destination for solo anglers and many guided floats. You never know what you might find on the other side of each bend.
Other favorite spots in the area include Green River, Flat Creek on the National Elk Refuge, as well as rivers in Yellowstone National Park.
Take a look at the Jackson Hole fly fishing report to help inform this decision.
A local note: All anglers must have a fishing license to fish in the area. Additionally, all fishing in Jackson Hole is catch and release. Please help us protect our wildlife populations by abiding by these regulations.
Guided Float Trips
Whether you’re an expert or a novice, there are always benefits to choosing a guided fly fishing float trip rather than going solo. These are recommended and often necessary for your first floats in Jackson Hole. The experienced guides will use their expert knowledge of the area to choose when and where your float trip will take place. These factors will play an essential role in determining the success of your excursion.
Your fishing guides will provide almost everything you need, including transportation, lunch, rods and reels, life jackets, and more. However, be sure to bring cash to purchase flies and lures along the way.
Here are a few of our favorite float trip guides:
You will spend between six and twelve hours navigating the bends of the rivers on the drift boat. Relax, admire the scenery, and allow yourself to connect with the movement of the rivers.
Stay With Us at Bentwood Inn
Fly fishing in Wyoming is a truly unforgettable experience, which is precisely what we strive to give each of our guests. Here at Bentwood Inn, we focus on showing visitors the best parts of Jackson while also protecting our wildlife. Our inn has even been named one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World because of our sustainability and conservation efforts. Jackson Hole is home to so many beautiful creatures, and we hope to share that with you. Check our availability and book your stay with us today.