Well, July blew by and somehow it’s already August. Phew, what a great month and the outlook for the South Fork looks great! Flows dropped this week to a perfect 9,500 cfs, making the banks a bit easier to fish and exposing more riffles. We are still seeing a few Salmon Flies fluttering around but most of the action has changed from the “big bug” to the slightly smaller but still awesome Golden Stone. Good hatches of PMD’s and Sallies continue to emerge around midday and into the afternoon. On a few of the cloudy days this past week we’ve even seen a few Mahogany Duns hatching.
Our guides have been focusing on a big dry/dropper rig on the banks, occasionally even a single dry to really get in close. Midday will find them stopping in riffles and foam lines to take advantage of fish feeding on PMD’s and Sallies. During slower parts of the day, a double nymph rig will keep the rod bent but hasn’t been necessary except on hot sunny slow periods.
If you get a chance to do an evening float fishing in the afternoon and evening has been really productive when most boats are off the water earlier.
A few of our guides have been venturing down to the Main Snake below Idaho Falls and even Pocatello. This can be a great way to see some new water and have a chance a trophy trout (See above photo!)
Give us a call if you need a guide, tips, and tricks, etc. and as always our fly shop is fully stocked and open seven days a week.