|Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:|
|The Lodge at Palisades Creek|
|Three Rivers Ranch|
|Spotted Horse Ranch|
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)
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 4X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 6 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Class V Sink Tip Fly Line
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 ...
provide scrappy dry fly action year-round. With a healthy population of browns and rainbows ranging from 15-25 inches, the South Fork is a fly fisher's dream. Fishing starts with a bang in early June during the highly sought after salmon fly hatch. Large 2-3 inch stone flies creep out of the depths and hatch by the thousands along the rivers edge, while bringing fish of all sizes to the surface. Anglers are dumbfounded by the numbers of fish brought to the boat during this four week period. Following this hatch is a melting pot of diverse dry fly hatches that continue to change thru the end of October as well as uncountable numbers of hoppers that tempt fate by traveling along the rivers banks. A trip any angler should try to take when visiting the Jackson Hole area.
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.
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.