Summer is finally upon us and although our local rivers are currently in flood stage, somewhere out there fish are eating dry flies. Let this be the summer where you finally connect with that dusty old fly rod tucked away in the garage. You’ll never know how much joy it will bring you until you see your first trout rise slowly out of its lie and inhale your dry fly off of the surface after a perfectly placed cast.
Jumping into fly fishing can be intimidating. The list of questions never gets any shorter even for an experienced fly fisherman. What weight rod do I use? How do I know where to go and what fly to use? What leader do I fish with and what tippet do I tie on? These are great questions and sometimes the answer lies with a little trial and error and generally just diving in and making a few mistakes. After all even a fish-less day beats a day at the office. There really is so much more to this sport than simply catching a fish though. Something you will learn over time. The truth is the waters around Jackson Hole and Yellowstone will provide a lifetime of summer fun, something some people take for granted.
People from all over the world come to fish the Snake River and specifically to fish for our Snake River Cutthroat, one of the only areas on earth where you can catch them in their native habitat. Man’s fingerprint is on everything these days, evidence in the trout stocked streams across the world. Yes we have Rainbow trout nearby and we have Brown trout nearby, but they don’t belong here. While Browns came from Europe and Rainbows came from the West coast, Cutthroat trout have been here swimming in the Snake River and its tributaries since the last ice age. Lucky for us our rivers are healthy and full of these incredible fish. So here is a list of 5 ways you can immerse yourself in this incredible sport, and get ready for a long summer of fly fishing.