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4-H Fishing Club – Jackson Hole Style!

Winter fishing in Jackson Hole often means taking up ice fishing. On a beautiful Sunday in late January, the Teton County 4-H Fishing Club gathered at the Snake River Sporting Club for a grand day of fishing.

Will Harper and Joe Burke

Will Harper and Joe Burke

The Snake River Sporting Club is located a few miles south of Hoback Junction in the beautiful Snake River Canyon. Local fishermen, Jay Buchner, Dave Brackett, and Joe Burke worked with Will Hobbs, Director of Outdoor Pursuits to make the event happen. Jay, Dave, and Joe volunteer their time several times a year—none of whom have have a kid in the program! (Worth noting…all three are world class fly fishermen) Parents often accompany their kids, and at this event, most grabbed a short rod and managed to catch a few fish alongside the kids.

4H Fishing Club Michael and Will

Michael Rhodes and Will Hobbs (Snake River Sporting Club-Director of Outdoor Pursuits)

4H Fishing Club Sam and Michael

Sam Horstmann and Michael Rhodes

For this event, Jay Buchner manned the gas grill, perfectly roasting the weenies for the hot dogs. Dave Brackett and Joe Burke assisted the kids when they needed help.

4H Fishing Club

4-H Fishing Club Ice Fishing Day at the Snake River Sporting Club

4H Fishing Club Phil Meisner

Phil Meisner

Kate Budge

Kate Budge

4H Fishing Club Catch and Release

All of the cutties were released back into the hole. Each time, the little anglers reminded the fish, “Don’t tell the others”.

Kate Budge

Kate Budge

Most people probably think of the county fairs when they think of 4-H, but the Teton County 4-H Club offers a wide range of additional activities like the Fishing Club. Many a marksmen have honed their shooting skills via 4-H—just as another example. Click the link to visit their Facebook page.

Sam Horstmann

Sam Horstmann

Michael Rhodes

Michael Rhodes

The photo above probably says it all better than anything I could write here. Grins like this abounded.

Alex Gingery

Alex Gingery

Mother Nature cooperated this year. The day before, it was snowing hard sideways (strong winds). Last year, the group went to Slide Lake where fishing was slow and weather was sketchy. The Snake River Sporting Club’s beaver pond is loaded with Cutthroat Trout under 10″ of ice, making it the perfect fishing day for the kids.

Will Harper

Will Harper

The Event

As I was readying to hike back to my truck, Jay was breaking down the gas grill. All of the hotdogs and chips were devoured.  McDonalds supplied the hot chocolate, much of which had been drank. Dave was still threading Night Crawlers onto hooks and kids were still catching fish.

At this event, a good time was had by all—including the photographer!

Fly Fishermen and Photographers:

Cut from the same cloth, fly fishermen and photographers often travel the same roads and share many traits, drives, and characteristics. Click the link to read the entire post!


If you have questions or want to donate money to the Teton County 4-H Fishing Club, or volunteer for future events, contact Jay Buchner.

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Comments (3)

  1. Thor Gunderson

    There are good people doing things for others in our communities. It is wonderful that you can put it in pictures for us. Thanks !

  2. Very Nice! My favorite photo is the full shot of Michael Rhodes. The grin says it all.

  3. Yep, that was my favorite, too! Thanks for the comments…Mike

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