There are many activities visitors look forward to doing when they come to the Grand Teton area. Hiking, camping, and horseback riding are a few, but fishing tops many people's lists. Many anglers spend years dreaming of fishing the iconic Snake River. Grand Teton National Park has many beautiful places to fish, whether with a fly rod or a spin reel, but popular areas can become crowded. Anglers looking for something just as scenic, but maybe a little quieter, can find their dream day of fishing the Snake River in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway.
Fishing the Snake River
(Photo Credit: D. Lehle)
Brown trout, rainbow trout, and even the native cutthroat trout are abundant throughout the area. If you're wondering what flies you should be using, just sit by the riverbed for a few minutes. What insects and flies are buzzing around you? This time of year the grasshoppers are everywhere, and they are a good bet for catching The Big One! A quick call into any of the local fishing shops can also yield lots of good information.
The Snake River can be accessed by boat or by wading. There is river access just south of the Yellowstone border, as well as just south of Flagg Ranch along Highway 89. The river also flows alongside Grassy Lake Road for a few miles and the first four campsites have excellent access to the river.
Remember: Wyoming State fishing and boating permits are required in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, Grand Teton National Park, and surrounding Forest Service areas. Yellowstone issues separate permits for fishing and boating. Please see a permit office before beginning your trip.