A River Runs - Through it - with Reynolds Pomeroy cover

A River Runs Through It

Weather permitting, fall is prime time for fishing the Tetons. Although this week’s deluge has presented a doozy: showers usually inspire fish to rise, but the steady downpour of recent days has turned the Snake River a shade of latte – too murky even for fish’s intrepid appetites. According to our resident expert Reynolds Pomeroy, anglers would be best to wait a couple of days before venturing out with their rods. In the name of planning, we picked Reynolds’ brain for his tips and take on fishing in Jackson Hole.

What characteristics or features make fishing in Jackson Hole a unique experience? 

Hard to beat the scenery! Snake River Finespot Cutthroat (especially the bigger so-called “yellow bellies”) are not only native to the Snake River drainage (tributaries included), but also some of the feistiest cutts you’ll find. Plus, JH is at the literal hub of a 200-mile radius of outstanding fisheries. And, the dining options are fantastic.

What is your favorite place to take first timers? 

The Snake River. Its cutties are numerous and eager to take a dry fly, perhaps the best way to incorporate the visual feedback that helps new anglers “get it.” Fly fishing, that is.

What advice do you give people new to fishing Teton waters? 

Hire a guide for at least one day during your visit, preferably at the beginning of your stay. In addition to teaching and instruction, a pro will get you oriented, and in a day together (often 8+ hours) you’ll learn more about the region’s options (where to go, what to use), special places, flora, fauna, geography, tackle, knots, etc. than you ever would on your own.  Contribute to the success of your day by asking questions, engaging at both the sport and personal level. Some of the best and longest lasting relationships start and are maintained through the sport. And remember, it’s called fishing, not catching, so set your expectations accordingly. Always tip your guide!

Beyond the act of fishing, what elements do you incorporate into a day on the river (whether that be a gourmet picnic or a lucky piece of equipment)? 

As per the above, it can and should be a full-body experience, i.e. heart, mind, body and soul. Good food is always part of it, before, during or after the fishing as time and circumstances allow. Good equipment (usually provided by pro-guides) makes the fishing easier and more efficient. If you’re headed out on your own, do your research first, whether online or at one of the local shops. Remember, this is bear country and (at this time of year) rutting moose love water environments. Stay attuned to your surroundings for pleasure and safety. And bring a friend. No whining.


C is for High-Concept Cookies Cover

C is for [High-Concept] Cookies

Cookie Monster may have been on to something essential: a cookie can instantly conjure joy. Something about the sugar and texture make it a feel-good treat for all ages. With so many cookies to choose from, the shaggy Muppet knew the chocolate-chip varietal packed particular potency. And in Jackson, the high-altitude inspires high-concept interpretations of the classic chocolate chip.

On a recent weeknight with a milestone to mark, a friend and I headed to the Kitchen for a surefire celebratory treat: the Chocolate-Chip Cookie Skillet. It may seem like a simple concept – bake an XXL cookie in a cast-iron skillet – yet somehow the outcome still surprises. When we asked after the secret, our server suggested a generous pinch of salt, which perfectly cuts the sweetness. Served à la mode, the cookie sizzles upon arrival tableside, and the ice cream continues to melt with each spoonful, ultimately leaving a puddle of floating chocolate chips. Like French fries, fresh cookies are at their prime piping hot.

Happy but still craving more (as always is the case with cookies), I spent the next night with a standby of late: the ice cream sandwiches sold to go at Bin 22. Inspired by their gelato relative at Il Villaggio Osteria, Bin’s version finds a creamy scoop smashed between two mini chocolate chip cookies and sheathed in sprinkles. With six to a container, the sandwiches make for a fun dinner-party gift. When purchased solo, as I did, the challenge becomes eating only one (or two), not the whole tribe of treats.

The next day, after a morning of meetings, I decided to reward myself with Persephone Bakery’s chocolate chip walnut cookie (all in the name of research and sugar-high maintenance). Baker Kevin Cohane ups the ante on the gooey classic by dusting the top in sea salt, a bite that complements the nutty chunks and cocoa bits. Originally sold as generous scoops, the cookies now also come in bagged bite-sizes, making it easy to ration them out over a week (or days or hours).

After my cookie blitz, I couldn’t help but think back to the original nom-nom-nommer, Cookie Monster, who came to life as a character on a Muppet game show. When given the choice between a vacation, a new house, $10,000 cash or a cookie, he chose the latter. And after my walkabout around town treats, I might too.


TCCG FIELD CORRESPONDENT: KATY NINER


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Freelancer writer Katy Niner has followed a circuitous route, from studying fiction at Princeton University to newspaper subediting in Ha Noi, Viet Nam and marketing at the Asia Society in New York City – all before decamping to Wyoming. At the Jackson Hole News&Guide, she started as a summer intern and left as the arts editor. Now, she writes across the spectrum of art, design, architecture and culture, all while stoking her sartorial wanderlust through her blog, Wear + Here.