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

South Fork of the Snake River Angler with nice Brown Trout

Welcome back South Fork fishing fans.  April means we’re back to our regularly scheduled fishing reports, every Thursday afternoon now through October, let’s go!

Flows on the South Fork are up up and away to kick off our season.  Currently the outflow from Palisades Reservoir is 7,200 cfs. Just a few weeks ago the flow was 1,000 cfs and this time last year we just at 893 cfs.  Water managers are making room for winter run off and moving water down stream.  The water outlook for this fishing season is looking fabulous with snowpack above average and nearly full reservoirs already.

Access points are plowed and or melting out, still it’s worth inspecting your take out and packing a rope or tow strap just in case (especially with some potential snow in the forecast this weekend.) Keep in mind Cottonwood Road is closed for winter wildlife habitat.

With cold water temperatures fish will still be in “winter mode” holding in slower water.  Focus your efforts on deep slow holes, eddies, and foam lines.  Midges are on the menu and possibly a few winter stoneflies.  Nymphing with small Rubberlegs, Zebra Midges, and San Juan Worms would be a good place to start.  Streamers are always an option as well fished deep and slow.

Our Swan Valley Fly Shop is open 10-3 Wednesday through Sunday. We’ve got a great fly sale happening now and can set you up for success if you stop by.

We have guides available for day trips and the lodge opens for business starting May 1st with 40% off our lodging rates.  Give us a call 208.483.2222

Cheers to a great 2024 on the South Fork

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