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South Fork of the Snake River Fishing Report 4/11/24

@georgie_z208 with a nice fish caught

Flows are up about 3,000 cfs over last week to an outflow of 10,500 cfs, interestingly this is about 10X the flow we had at this same time last year and almost 6,000 cfs more that normal.  In the end 10,000 is better fishing than 1,000 cfs and really no different that 6,000 this time of year.  While the fishing remains probably the same it opens up a lot more water for floating and fishing.

South Fork of the Snake flow chart

As far as tactics go, things remain the same as last week.  The water is still very cold so streamers should be fished deep and retrieved slowly and focus your efforts on slower moving water, even water that isn’t moving (aka frog water) can yield a fish or two this time of year.  Rowing or walking back up into sloughs will yield a few follows on a streamer.  Productive nymphs are the same as last week, Rubberlegs, Tungsten Thread Midge, etc. I’d add some worms patterns into that line up with the increase flow.  Highs in the 60’s tomorrow and through the weekend sound pretty nice, keep your eyes open for a good midge hatch, possibly some Blue Winged Olives, or even a few Winter Stone Flies.  The warming temperatures will increase snow melt and runoff so creeks such as Pine, Palisades, etc. may introduce some off-color water to the river.

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