America's 5 Hottest Fishing Spots

Snake River

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; www.jackdennis.com