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An authentic Wyoming summer experience isn't complete without a day of fishing. Whether you've been casting all your life or just want to learn the basics, these helpful tips will get you on the water and in the fish.
Where to Go Fishing
Around Jackson Hole
Walk-in fishing is available for do-it-yourself anglers or those who would like to hire a guide. The following lakes, creeks and streams all offer tremendous fly-fishing opportunities in pristine Western wilderness:
- Buffalo River
- Flat Creek
- Granite Creek
- Green River
- Grey's River
- Gros Ventre River
- Hoback River
- New Fork River
- Pacific Creek
- Salt River
- Snake River
- Jackson Lake
- Jenny Lake
- Leigh Lake
Grand Teton National Park
Jenny Lake offers incredible scenery at the base of Grand Teton Mountains and is a nice place to pursue Cutthoat Trout and Lake Trout. The Snake River runs through the entirety of the park and has wild Cutthroat, and anglers on the Snake may also hook a Brown trout or two. Jackson Lake Dam is also a good place to fish.
Yellowstone National Park Fishing
Yellowstone National Park is known throughout the world as one of the premier tour fisheries in the United States. In addition to amazing views and an abundance of wildlife, Yellowstone offers fly fishing on its namesake river, the Yellowstone, and on the Madison, Lamar and Firehole Rivers. Anglers who prefer to fish along Yellowstone's epic lake shorelines may try fishing Yellowstone Lake, Lewis Lake or Shoshone Lake.
What You Need to Go Fishing
A valid Wyoming fishing license is required to fish on all public waters. Daily non-resident fishing licenses cost $14 and an annual non-resident license costs $92. For specifics on fishing licenes and regulations, please visit the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's website. Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks also have thier own special regulations and license fees. Any local fly-fishing shop in Jackson can help you locate and purchase the specific license you may need.
Gear and Tackle
Although daytime temperatures in the Jackson Hole Valley can be warm during the summer, wading Wyoming's glacier fed streams and rivers is best done with a good pair of fishing waders, or at least wading boots and gravel guard socks. A quality pair of polarized sunglasses, drinking water, chap-stick and sunscreen lotion are also vital for a fun, relaxing day of fishing.
Most trout anglers opt for 8-9' graphite fly rods rated at a 4, 5 or 6 line weight. Specific fly patterns vary based on time of year and what waters you are fishing. Your best bet is to contact a local guide or fly shop in Jackson once you have decided where and when you plan to fish.
Guides Who Can Help You Fish
Fishing in Jackson is a vital part of the local economy in the summer and a variety of quality outfitters and guides are available to will help you make your fishing experience memorable. Even if you just want advice on where and what to fish for, Jackson's guides are your best resource, so do not hesitate to contact one of them before your fishing adventure begins in Jackson Hole.
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