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South Fork of the Snake River Fishing Report 10/15/2020

south fork of the snake river fishing report

Finally, some true Fall-like weather has arrived in South East Idaho. This week we’ll take a look at how that changed things on the South Fork of the Snake.

River Flow: The flow out of Palisades Reservoir came down to 4,750 cfs this week.  This is about 1,000 cfs above the historical average which makes float fishing perfect and still opens up a lot of wade fishing opportunities.

Weather: As I write this mid-day it’s still not even 40 degrees outside, quite the change from last week.  Friday is supposed to be sunny and 60 degrees with isolated showers returning for the weekend.  If you love Fall fishing on the South Fork this weekend will be a great one.  More on that below.

Fishing: Last week our guides were begging for any change in the flows or weather to help stir things up a bit and this week, they got both.  The cooler weather really got the mayflies hatching and the fish chasing streamers.  The forecast this weekend looks perfect to continue that trend and I would expect to see some of the best mayfly hatches of the year. Have your fly boxes stocked with all lifecycle patterns for both Blue Winged Olives and Mahogany Duns as well as all your favorite streamer patterns.  The wind this past week was fierce which limited some of the hatches so keep your fingers crossed that the “w” word will stay to a minimum.

Main Snake River: We had a few of our guests venture south towards Pocatello to float the Snake River with Tanner.  The guests returned with big smiles and the photos on Tanner’s phone are proof that a guide trip to this area is something you should put on your list…just saying.

Hunting: Our guides continue to scout for the best hunting grounds and we’ve had some great river and field hunts. Give us a call if you’d like to come out with us.

As always should you need any flies, tips, or gear swing by our fly shop open daily or give us a call 208.483.2222.