Wyoming Snake River Rainbow/Brn Trout  Day #25  State #28 July 7, 2009 06/13/09 Pennsylvania
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Guide: Jason Moore
P.O. Box 9005
Jackson, WY 83002
Phone: 888-458-7688
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Hmmm……Lets try to look for the silver lining today.  I’ll start by saying that we had the pleasure of floating below the Grand Tetons the entire day – which was a beautiful sight.  Secondly, we floated past Harrison Ford’s property although we didn’t see him.  And, thirdly, we conquered the elusive "Snake River Slam" of fishing today.  What is the Snake River Slam you might ask?  Well, there are three fish that live in Wyoming’s Snake River – the beautiful Cutthroat Trout, the Whitefish (known as the Rocky Mountain Bonefish by many), and the all impressive Sucker (a prized fighting fish if there ever was one – especially on a day when you couldn’t buy a bite).  We can’t claim there are more than one each of these fish because that’s how many we caught – 3.

Our day started around 7:30AM as guide Jason Moore picked us up at our campsite.  As we were launching our boat I looked at the water and wondered, “why is it so brown and flowing by at a crippling speed?”  We would later find out that we were to be the inaugural party to “run the Snake”.  Unfortunately, it is still springtime in Wyoming.  I know, I thought the same thing.  It’s July 7th!  Well, apparently early July is still springtime in river speak in Jackson Hole.  Water visibility could be measured in inches today – versus feet.  I had a hard time iimagining trout were living comfortably here.  The water below us sounded like someone was sanding the paint off the bottom of the boat – literally.  Trout would need to wear eye protection from all of the sediment in the water if they were to come any where close to our flies or lures.  I think it was just too dangerous for them to be out today.

I almost fell out of the boat again – which has become a common occurrence lately.  Oh, I’m convinced it’s bound to happen eventually – hopefully in a little warmer water though.

Our guide today was great – there wasn’t much he could do to put us on good water unless he put the boat on a trailer first.

Today marked our 27th State with no rain - awesome!

We also saw about 8 bald eagles – they looked hungry too.  A few other birds included pelicans, geese, and ducks.

Oh, by the way, Taylor caught the biggest fish again - beat me only by a foot today as my trout was a solid 6 incher.  We  were very grateful for the sucker - and we've decided they need more respect as  he is now the star of our video today.

At 1PM we were back at our RV and setting our course for Dutch John, Utah – a tail water fishery below Flaming Gorge Dam – which is about the clearest water on the planet.  They call the stretch we’ll fish the “aquarium” so the contrast between today and tomorrow should be shocking.  Don't fret though, we know the Snake is a great river - we just  hit it wrong this time around.


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