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South Fork of the Snake River Fishing Report 4/9/20

Happy Thursday friends of TLAPC!  Thank you for checking in on this week’s fishing report.  We’ve got beautiful weather, increased flows, and COVID-19 to talk about, in addition to the fishing.

Let’s get the not so fun stuff out of the way first.  Due to the continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 our fly shop will remain closed per the Governor’s mandate that non-essential businesses close.  Please remember if you can safely travel to the river, practice social distancing.  Boat ramps and public access points in other states have been closed and we are fortunate to be able to access the river but this access could be in jeopardy if we are not practicing social distancing.  Resident fishing licenses are available online and if you have questions we are always available via phone at 208.483.2222.

Flows increased this week to 10,400 which according to a few of our guides who’ve been out this week really increased the rainbow activity as they prepare to spawn.  Idaho Fish and Game have not been on the river shocking and removing rainbows, something to keep in mind if you like catching or keeping some of these non-native trout.  Fishing egg patterns will result in rainbows as well as cutthroat and brown trout “eats”.

If you get a chance to fish it looks like Friday is going to be the day with mostly sunny skies and temps hitting 60 degrees.  Saturday it appears the rain will return.  For Friday, Saturday, and Sunday keep your eyes peeled for good midge hatches, possibly some Blue Winged Olives, and I saw a few Skwala stones when I was out this past weekend.  Most likely nymphs will be the go-to again with stoneflies, egg patterns, san jaun worms, and various small bead heads producing the most fish.  If you stop to fish a riffle and don’t catch any fish right on the drop off keep working your way down the riffle as we are seeing fish in the deeper, slower riffle well below where you might normally catch them.

Enjoy the nice weather while it lasts, stay healthy and catch a big one!