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South Fork of the Snake River Fishing Report 6/17/21

fly fishing guide Josh Jablow

Warm weather, stable flows, and clear weather has the South Fork poised for some really great dry fly fishing….soon.  Water temps today on the lower river are around 52 degrees.  Typically 54 is the “magic number” and when we start to see Green Drakes, Little Yellow Sallies, and Salmon Flies.  Our guides are seeing lots of nymphs when flipping rocks and the nymph fishing has been very good.  Another “indicator” of things to come we are starting to see more fish try to eat our indicators a sure sign things are close (or maybe we should be fishing a dry fly haha)

The flow out of Palisades sits at 13,500 cfs with the reservoir still at 91% capacity.  Our summer is off to a hot and dry start.  We are very fortunate to have a lot of water in Palisades Reservoir, this will ensure a healthy fishing season.

Top producing flies this week:

  • Brown Rubberlegs in Size 6 and 4 (when the Salmon Flies are close I like to throw the biggest one in my box)
  • A variety of bead head nymphs to imitate Green Drakes and Little Yellow Sallies.
  • Bead head attractors like Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymphs (works well as a Green Drake imitation too), Pterigon’s, Duracells, Lighting Bugs, Tungsten Midges etc.

Flies, licenses, shuttles, gear, clothing etc. are available at both our Swan Valley shop and the shop at the lodge.  You can arrange a shuttle by calling 208-483-2727.

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