Jackson Lake Lake Trout Day

by | Sep 12, 2022 | fly fishing Jackson Lake | 2 comments

Yellow-Dog-Flyfishing2nd Place wasn’t what we (Team Yellow Dog Flyfishing) were hoping for in this years Jackson Hole One Fly but its not bad.  Good enough to do some partying last night for sure.  And after such a celebration in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the next morning you rejuvenate with a fantastic Bubba’s breakfast.  That’s exactly how today began.


Flat-CreekAfter breakfast I was headed for lake trout on the fly with my friend Scott Smith but he wasn’t going to be ready until noon.  With the spare time I walked my Yellow Dog Teammates along the banks of Flat Creek.  We purposely didn’t pack a fly rod because they had to head back to Bozeman.  There are too many big rising cutthroats that surely would have trapped the boys.  It’s a good thing we stuck to the “rodless” plan because we spotted more than a dozen of these yellow-bellied trout rising to Mahogany Duns.  They never would have made it home!


Jackson-LakeScott picked me up at the upper Flat Creek parking lot and we headed north to Jackson Lake.  Twenty something years ago Scott worked for me at the Jackson fly shop.  He was one of my best and he worked himself up the system and was soon my top fishing guide out of the shop.  After I left the shop in 2009, Scott and a few of my other friends left as well and started their own guide service, Grand Teton Fly Fishing.  If you need a guide in the Jackson area, these are the guys.


flyfishingJackson Lake is extremely low as you can see from my picture.  As usual the region battles drought.  On top of that you can see the smoke in the air.  The haze was especially thick due to not a single ounce of wind.  None!


Scott-SmithScott has a sweet boat fully decked out with a solid fish finder.  Lake trout love the humps about 50-60 feet down surrounded by even deeper water.  Scott had some places in mind and we drifted over them watching the finder.  The fish were there.


lake-troutI fished my 6-weight with my fast sinking Scientific Anglers Sonar and a heavy Clouser.  Normally I’d use a 7 or and 8-weight but I didn’t have one packed for this trip.  The first fish we saw on the finder chowed down my fly.  It was a nice 20” laker.  Scott didn’t start the day facing the challenge of getting a fly deep down and rather jigged with a flashy jig.  Though the first few groups of fish continued to choose my fly over his gear, he finally enticed a good one.


Wyoming-lake-troutScotts laker was obviously a hefty one.  Anyone who says lakers don’t fight, in my mind just stuck their foot in their mouth.  Big lakers fight hard and in particular, the 7-12 pounders will beat you up.  After a good 4-5 minute tug of war, I scooped the net under this beautiful colored up laker.


mackinawI’d land five small lakers on the fly.  Scott switched over to fly after his nice fish and picked up one small one also.  We were both exhausted after One Fly weekend so we packed it in around 6 PM.  It was a great day of fishing and catching up under the Tetons.


flyfishing-Jackson-HoleIt’s been a great week in the Jackson Hole area.  I can’t believe I almost turned down this visit.  I’m so glad I came.  Anytime you can visit with longtime friends, fish in the One Fly and travel to Jackson Hole you should do it.  Tomorrow it’s the flight home then hopefully I’ll fish bass and pike with Granny on Wednesday.


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing


  1. Lance

    With the number of teams in that One Fly, I’d say you guys did exceptional.. The smoke up there has turned into the new normal.. beautiful country though

  2. Jeff

    True Thanks Lance
    and yes, the smoke is normal now – but not in WI!

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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!