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South Fork of the Snake River Fishing Report 5/18/2023

Fly fishing guide Josh Jablow with brown trout and his client.

The flow out of Palisades is hovering just below 9,000 cfs and has been steady all week.  The water is cold and clear coming out of Palisades Dam.  As you move downstream, tributaries such as Palisades Creek, Rainy Creek, Fall Creek, etc. add colder and off-colored water.  The water is still fishable, but these conditions mean you must “dig for them.”  Focus your efforts on deep slow pools with a deep double nymph rig, what the guides call “turds and worms” ie a Rubber Leg Stonefly Nymph trailed with a prominent San Juan worm.  Our Swan Valley fly shop has a bunch of new patterns in stock that are proving their worth this week.

The weather forecast is looking exceptional this weekend the warm sunny conditions will increase run-off from the tributaries. Fishing will probably remain the most consistent on the upper river above these tributaries.  Depending on the weather we have a few more weeks of run-off to contend with before the water warms and clears enough for our famous dry fly fishing.

Have fun and be safe.  If you have questions you can call the lodge at 208.483.2222 or the fly shop at 208.483.2727

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