Wandering Angler – Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve compiled answers to some of the most common questions about our Jackson Hole fly fishing trips! If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 307-699-3986 or marc@wanderingangler.com. We’re here to ensure that you have an unforgettable experience on the stunning rivers of Wyoming!

Do I need experience?

No experience necessary! Our guides are happy to work with and teach all individuals, whether they are beginners, intermediate, or advanced anglers. All we ask is that you bring a positive learning attitude!

What if I want to spin (traditional) fish?

We love both spin fishing and fly fishing! For spin fishing, we always cut two hooks off and pinch the barb down to ensure we do not hurt the fish. Spin fishing works especially well in our family boats, but we can always do one or the other, or both. When your guide reaches out the day before the trip let them know of any preferences you have. Spin fishing is productive on most rivers we guide but there are certain conditions where fly fishing is preferred.

Where do I get my fishing license?

If your trip is booked in the months of May or June, please wait to purchase a fishing license until we confirm which body of water is fishing best. If your trip is in the months of July, August, September, or October you can purchase your license here: https://wgfd.wyo.gov/apply-or-buy

Children 14 and under do not need a license when accompanied by a licensed adult.

What should I bring?

Sunglasses are a must for everyone on a fishing trip! This is to protect your eyes from any hooks. Other recommend items include:

  • Appropriate clothing for the forecasted weather. Morning and evening are generally cooler, while midday heats up quickly. Bring extra jackets that you can shed as the day goes on. Light and airy clothing are great for the summer months. In the spring and fall non-cotton clothing like fleece or wool is best.
  • Sunscreen, hats, and comfortable shoes
  • Lunch if you would like
  • Cameras and phones are ok to bring but are always brought at the discretion of the guest.

Are food and drinks provided?

We provide a cooler full of water and snacks on all trips. Snacks generally consist of beef jerky, chips, and crackers/cookies for kids. Guests can provide their own lunch on half and full-day trips.

Where do we meet?

At the time of booking, we will decide on the best meeting location. Your guide will text you the day before the trip to confirm the time and location. If you do not have a rental car, we can pick you up. For guests with a rental car, we appreciate meeting at designated locations as some hotels and neighborhoods are tight for the guide to drive their boat through.

Where will we fish?

Which body of water we fish depends on the time of year and conditions. Here is a breakdown of generally where we fished based on the date: These dates can vary from year to year.

  • Snake River: June 25th – October 31st
  • Lewis Lake: May 27th – July 1st
  • Green River: May 1 – July 31st
  • Salt River: June 25th – September 30th

How long is my trip?

Half-day trips can vary in length from 4 hours to 8 hours in total, depending on the location. The Snake River is 10 minutes from Jackson, which makes trips on the Snake generally last around 5 hours in total (driving to the river, restrooms, etc) with 4 hours on the water. The Green River and Lewis Lake are both 1 hour and 20 minutes from Jackson. The Salt River is about 45 minutes.

What if it is raining?

Fishing can sometimes be better in the rain! With that said, trips go out rain or shine. If there is weather in the forecast, we can provide waders, boots, Helly Hansen rain pants, and Helly Hansen raincoats.

What is the age minimum?

Our age minimum is 4 years old.

What about restroom facilities?

There are restrooms located at the start and end of each float trip.

Are there any weight restrictions?

Because river boats are much smaller compared to ocean boats, we do have a weight limit. Our small boats have a guest’s weight limit of 500 pounds (distrusted relatively evenly between 2 people). Our group and family big boats have a guest weight limit of 850 pounds.