One of the toughest things about fishing the Snake River near Jackson, in the shadow of the Teton Mountains, is getting over the distraction of being smack-dab in the middle of the most spectacular scenery in the West. And the Snake River cutthroats you will catch are as beautiful as their environs. Dry-fly fishing with large patterns works well in late summer and early fall. Nymph fishing will get you a lot of action-but from mountain whitefish, not trout. “The total beauty of the experience of fishing the Snake is hard to describe,” says Jack Dennis, a veteran guide and fly-shop owner. “And the fishing is as good as it was 40 years ago.” Sweet Spots: The stretches from Moose to Wilson and Wilson to South Park Bridge What’s Hot: Hopper, Chernobyl Ant, and Para-Wulff flies Local Advice: “Go into the side channels and fish to the brushpiles,” says Dennis. Prime Time: August through early October More Info: Jack Dennis Outdoor Shop, 800-570-3270;