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 Hot!

Water flow: 12,600 cfs @ Irwin and 12,100 cfs @ Heise8

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 58 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

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

Best stretch: Top to bottom is all good!

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

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Golden Stones, Salmonflies, Yellow Sallies, Caddis, PMDs and some leftover Drakes.

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 Dropper fishing is king! Single foam close to banks is getting them to eat. Nymphing has also been productive. Water clarity is increasing as flows deminish.

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