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South Fork of the Snake River Fishing Report 6/7/2023

young fly fisher with a rainbow trout

A quick note on this week’s fishing report, I’m writing it a day early, Wednesday, June 7th as I’ll be away from my computer tomorrow.

The flow has been consistent this week at 14,000 cfs and clearing daily.  We are now seeing clear and fishable waters throughout the system.  The water is still very cold at 42 degrees.

Even with the cold water the fishing had remained consistent with deep nymphing rigs.  “Turds and Worms” ie a San Juan Worm and a Stonefly Nymph is the most consistent setup and the guides are reporting that the fish are starting to prefer stonefly nymphs over anything else signaling to the attentive angler that the stonefly nymphs are starting to get more active.  At 14,000 cfs your focus should turn to slower waters where the fish can hide from the hard work of living in strong currents.  Focus your efforts on riffles, slow banks, back eddies, even water that isn’t moving can hold fish taking a break from the current.  It might even be worth skipping a fast-moving bank and pushing down to some slower water.

Palisades Reservoir gained 5% capacity since last week’s report and is at 90% full with about 17,200 cfs coming in.  The Upper Snake River Reservoir System is at 88% capacity.

Have a great weekend on the river and if you have questions, need flies, or are interested in fishing with us for a day or a week give us call at 208.483.2222.

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