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South Fork of the Snake River Fishing Report 6/20/2019

Henry Winkler fly fishing

The fishing this week has given Henry something to smile about! Our great spring fishing continues and as summer arrives tomorrow we are all patiently awaiting the first real dry fly fishing of 2019. Here’s what you need to know if you’re headed out on the South Fork this weekend.

Palisades Reservoir is at 95% capacity and the inflows appear to have peaked for the season as run-off starts to wane. The flow out of the Dam moved up this week to 14,000 cfs and is nice and clear. Our fingers are crossed that the reservoir will fill in the next week and the inflow will match the outflow and we won’t see major changes.

The water temperature on the lower river is around 50 degrees and we typically see the Salmon Flies start to hatch at 54 degrees. I was really thinking we might see some bugs by now but the long cold winter and spring have really slowed things down and a few folks are thinking the hatch will be late this year. The cooler weather forecasted for this weekend won’t help but hopefully, we will see a few 80 degree days next week and get those bugs moving!

In the meantime, fishing is very good with nymphs and if you read our report regularly then you already know the drill. With the nymphs getting more and more active the name of the game is a big stonefly nymph trailed by your favorite mayfly or small stonefly (little yellow sally) nymph. We’ve got all the “go to” bugs here in the fly shop so swing on by.


We couldn’t be more excited to announce our 2019 BBQ schedule and this year every BBQ will raise funds to support local non-profits. $5.00 from every plate will be donated to the selected non-profit for that evening.

BBQ’s are $40.00 for Adults, $15.00 for kids 15 years old and under.  Full Bar Available. Please call to make reservations.