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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Fish are now in the winter water. Low and slow is the name of the game. You may be surprised but we can see some dry fly fishing this time of year with midges. Concentrate on the warmest parts and strings of days.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing South Fork of the Snake River is currently Excellent

Water flow: 2530 cfs @ Irwin and 2830 cfs @ Heise

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 37 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Afternoons and warmer periods of the day

Best stretch: The entire river is open to fishing

Best access point: Dam, Husky, Irwin Slide, Spring Creek Bridge, Conant, Cottonwood, Wolf, Byington, and Lorenzo

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Winter is here. Low and cold flows are the name of the game. You may see some midges here and there.

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

Dry fly fishing on slower slack water areas, seams and recirculating eddies are a good bet with Midges. As winter sets in, nymphing will be the best method of catching fish. Streamers low and slow can produce some surprises as well.

7-Day Forecast

Water flows have been raised due to the warm weather. This is opening some floating opportunities. Water is still cold, but fishing should remain solid if we have the warmer weather we have been receiving during the month of February.

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