South Fork of the Snake River, Idaho Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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South Fork of the Snake River, Idaho Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing South Fork of the Snake River is currently Good

Water flow: 3,470 cfs @ Irwin and 3,970 cfs @ Heise

Visibility: 45 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 38 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Winter prime time periods are from 10 am to about 4pm.

Best stretch: Day to Conant

Best access point: Dam, Husky, Irwin, Spring Creek Bridge, Conant, Heise, Byinton, Twin Bridges, Lorenzo

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Winter his here. Midges will make up the vast majority of the hatches until spring.

Fish species: Cutthroat, Rainbow, and Brown trout

Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: May 15 - November 1)

Nearest airport: Jackson Hole, WY (45 mins.) / Idaho Falls, ID (1.5 hours)/ SLC, UT (4 hours)

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South Fork of the Snake River Description

Rated as the top cutthroat stream in the West, the South Fork is a tailwater fishery that flows out of Palisades Dam on the border of Wyoming and Idaho. The diversity of hatches, both aquatic and terrestrial, exceedss other rivers of the West, and gives the South Fork the reputation for the best dry fly fishing in the world. Wild populations of native Yellowstone Cutthroat and Snake River Fine Spotted Cutthroat ...

Techniques & Tips

Nymphing will be your most productive method during the winter months. Look for slower water types than what you would fish during the summer. Stripping Streamers while moving from spot to spot looking for rising fish is the most productive way to spend time on the water this fall. Remember to keep them low and slow.

7-Day Forecast

Palisades Dam -Current Discharge = 3,500 cfs. Reclamations January through July runoff volume forecast for the full drainage above Heise, ID (including Palisades Dam and Jackson Lake Dam), is 4,100,000 acre-feet which is 108% of the 1981-2010 average. Given this forecast Reclamations current plan is to wait until late February into early March before significantly increasing discharge. Timing and magnitude of increases before irrigation season begins will depend on future runoff volume forecasts and the associated required flood control space. -Current Storage = 1,157,000 (96% full) -Current Local Inflow below Jackson Lake Dam = 2,500 cfs (1981-2010 average = 2,050 cfs) Full WorldCast Anglers Fishing Reports can be viewed at

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