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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The Dam, Husky's, Irwin Slide, Bridge and Conant have been plowed and are accessible! Lower river boat ramps are available for use now. Cottonwood is closed until May 1st.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing South Fork of the Snake River is currently Good

Water flow: 1740 cfs @ Irwin - 2340 cfs @ Heise

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 38 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Warmest parts of the day

Best stretch: The entire river system can fish well during the winter season

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

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:


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)

Person Fishing in a stream

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 is going to be your go to method during the winter season. Be on the lookout for fish eating midges on the surface when conditions are right. Streamer fishing can be productive as well. Just get them low and slow. Full WorldCast Anglers Fishing Reports can be viewed at

7-Day Forecast

Calm warm days are the key to success in the winter season.

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