Anglers of all stripes can have the experience of a lifetime fishing on the Snake River, home to native, fine spotted cutthroat trout. And with Fish the Fly Guide Service you’ll catch more than just those legendary fish—you will also be connected to the unparalleled nature that surrounds Jackson Hole.
Connecting With Nature
You might be hard pressed to find a better backdrop for fly fishing than the majestic serenity of the Jackson Hole area.
Jason “JB” Balogh, owner of Fish the Fly Guide Service really wants his clients to connect (or reconnect) with nature while fishing; to have what he calls “that moment” with the fly.
"We all lead increasingly busier lives and need a way to reset. I love to fish the fly to keep balance in my life."
Calling itself “Jackson Hole's environmental outfitter," the company believes in giving back to the resource of the river by supporting Trout Unlimited and the Snake River Fund. Fish the Fly Guide Service also strives to have the least impact on nature and this year is upping its environmental game by moving on from plastic water bottles in the guide’s coolers onto stainless steel bottles.
Variety of Fisheries
Fish the Fly Guide Service offers both half- and full-day trips on a variety of rivers in the Jackson Hole area. The outfitter also has backcountry creek access in the Gros Ventre Mountain Range, which provides a unique opportunity for wade fishing.
“A lot of people view fly fishing as bucket list thing for being in Jackson Hole, so they will do a trip and have that ‘moment.’”
The beauty of booking a fly fishing excursion on the Snake River is that it’s a great place to get up close and personal not only with the indigenous cutties but also with the thrilling 8-mile whitewater section of the famous river. The guide service also offers driftboat trips on Wyoming’s Green River—one of the state’s premier fisheries—as well as the South Fork of the Snake River in Idaho. Anglers can also choose fly fishing in Yellowstone National Park’s lakes or streams.
Types of trips offered: Fly fishing floats on the Snake and Green rivers, the South Fork of the Snake River in Idaho, and lakes and streams in Yellowstone National Park
Cost: $575 full-day; $450 half-day
Passionate, Patient Guides
Fly fishing by nature requires patience and who better to help you learn and/or maintain this necessity than an experienced and patient guide? “Patience is key for our guides,” says JB, “especially if you are going to spend eight hours in a boat with somebody you just met.”
“We have knowledgeable, experienced, mature guides. They know what they’re doing because they love what they’re doing.” — Jason Balogh, owner
There’s no other place Fish the Fly’s enthusiastic guides would rather be then on the river. A number of guides came to the outfitter from fly shops around Jackson Hole, learning fly fishing through that experience. And all of them, says JB, live and breathe it.
In addition to adults, kids can be taught the art of fly fishing with Fish the Fly. The minimum age to learn is 6 years old.
Fish the Fly will pick up and drop off clients at lodges all around the valley. Trips cost $575 for a full day (which includes lunch) and $450 for half day. Fishing gear, flies and leaders are included. Show up with a fishing license and you're off to the river!