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South Fork of the Snake River Fishing Report 7/11/2023

South Fork of the Snake River, Guide with Brown Trout, Fishing Report

The fishing report is a few days early this week as I’ll be traveling on Thursday.  If this report is TLDR (too long didn’t read) I can sum it up here: Go fishing!  Bugs are hatching, the weather is perfect, the flows out of Palisades are mostly stable, and it’s a great time to be on the river.

The famous Salmon Fly hatch has entered the canyon section and will continue to march upstream. You can expect the most boat traffic from Conant to Byington this week.  Above the hatch, on the upper river, the water is still cold and the dry fly fishing is limited.  If you’re fishing from the Dam to Conant stonefly nymph patterns will be the best producers trailed by PMD and Sally droppers.  Keep an eye out for PMDs hatching in the afternoons as they should start popping any day now.  In the Canyon, we are seeing Salmon Flies, Sallies, Green Drakes, and PMDs.  The best fishing is in the afternoon when the water warms up and the bugs hatch.  In section 3 expect to see Drakes, Sallies, and PMDs with a few Salmon Flies lingering.  Section 4 is still fishing well with some fish still looking for big bugs with good afternoon hatches of Sallies and PMDs.  Keep your eyes peeled for Golden Stones hatching here as well.

If you need any flies, tackle, tippets, etc. stop by our Swan Valley Fly Shop.  We’re having a big fly sale that you can shop in-store or online. If you’re interested in a guided fishing trip we have limited availability but give us a call and we’ll see if we can get you on the water.

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