Pinedale Wyoming Fly Fishing Guides
The article below from the Jackson Hole News and Guide better explains why our Pinedale Wyoming Fly Fishing Guides are working further away from the National Parks, in the summer months, near Jackson Hole now, more than ever. Please don’t get me wrong or misconstrue what I’m saying; we LOVE our national parks too, just NOT in July and August when it is very, very busy. Being a parent too, I fully understand succumbing to our kids schedules, which involves dealing with the masses trying to make the most of the family time together.
Over the past few years the waters in close proximity to and in the National Parks have seen a dramatic increase in visitation, which means more traffic and pressure on the area rivers, lakes and streams. Because of this fact, Reel Deal Anglers have chosen to base the majority of our operation in the Pinedale Wyoming area. We are permitted to float fish guide our clients on over 170 miles of the Upper Green River and 80 miles of the New Fork River as well. We have literally hundred of miles of high mountain creeks and streams to walk wade for browns, rainbows and cutthroat, along with 40 miles of private waters as well. We also have exclusive access to a private boat ramp on the Green River which is key to getting away from most of the pressure, even during the busy summer months.
Our goal is to provide the best possible angling experience for every single one of our clients. Our philosophy is quality not quantity; so, if you’re not opposed to driving a bit further and spending more time and effort to get away from the masses and enjoy a day of solitude, give us a shout and we’d like to share some of heaven on earth with you!
Masses flocking to national parks
POSTED: TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2015 4:30 AM
By Mike Koshmrl Jackson Hole Daily | 0 comments
“The annual numbers are in, and 2014 will go down as the busiest in Grand Teton National Park’s history and the second busiest in the 142-year tenure of Yellowstone park.
Last year an estimated 2.79 million “recreational visitors” passed through Grand Teton park, besting 1998’s previous record by 34,000 people, or by 1.2 percent.
Some 3.51 million people entered into Yellowstone, a number that trails 2010’s record by 127,000.
“It’s good news, but it also means that we have an increasing number of people that are using and enjoying the park at any given time,” Grand Teton park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said.
“It also means that our congestion in some areas has increased,” Skaggs said. “We hope to be able to still offer people solitude when they’re hoping for solitude.”
More folks were recorded coming to the Tetons most every month of the year. Only February and September ended up with lower visitation compared to the previous year.
Similar trends were noted in Yellowstone.
“With a one-month exception, and that was February, we were up every month compared to the previous year,” spokesman Al Nash said.
Compared with the year before, Yellowstone visitation jumped by 10 percent. Nash cautioned that part of the increase was due to the 2013 U.S. federal government shutdown, which closed the parks for two weeks in October that year.
Visitor traffic was up at every Yellowstone entrance, Nash said, led by the West Gate with a 14 percent increase. Traffic through the South Gate was up nearly 6 percent, he said.
Yellowstone officials changed the formula used to gauge visitation in 2013, when park managers reduced the people-per-vehicle multiplier from 2.91 people per vehicle to 2.58 people.
Nash was unable to say if running the numbers with the old multiplier would have produced a record.
“It would be a very reasonable assumption,” he said, “but we don’t have the statistics that are going to be able to quantify that.”
Representatives of both parks said more tour buses were one source of the increased visitation. Yellowstone’s bus traffic jumped from 6,880 vehicles with 220,417 passengers in 2013 to 8,719 buses carrying 283,943 people this last year, Nash said.
Teton park didn’t track bus traffic formally, but Skaggs said park staff anecdotally noted an increase in buses using the park’s southern turnout with the “Welcome to Grand Teton National Park” sign.
A healthy economy and Wyoming Travel and Tourism’s outreach to Asia are two other reasons Skaggs cited for the high visitation.
“There seems to be renewed consumer confidence, and therefore people seem to be more willing to travel,” she said.
Judging from one survey the visitors who made the trek to Grand Teton National Park enjoyed it.
Some 97 percent of respondents rated Grand Teton’s facilities, services and recreational opportunities as “good” or “very good,” according to a summer survey conducted by the Pacific Consulting Group.
“We are pleased that we are meeting the demands of our visitors,” Skaggs said”.