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South Fork of the Snake River Fishing Report 9/16/2021

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Just a hint of Fall in the air this week with slightly cooler temperatures. I’ve got my fingers crossed that we are through with most of the smoke for this season, the clear skies the past few days have been good for the views if not the best for fishing.  It does appear a change in the weather is coming on Sunday with a 30% percent chance of showers. A change to cooler weather would really help kick off our Fall hatches of Mahogany Duns and Blue Winged Olives.  Until then keep your late summer bugs handy:

  • Hopper/Dropper combos as well as a few fish looking for Mutant Stones in the morning.
  • Other terrestrials like Beetles and Ants.
  • There are just a few PMD’s and Caddis still out and about.
  • Bright sunny afternoons your focus should turn to fishing small nymphs, emergers, small rubberlegs, and soft hackles.  Small tailwater bugs that you might associate more with the Green River or San Juan will nab some fish this time of year.
  • When the cooler wet weather rolls in be ready with streamers and lifecycle patterns for BWO’s and Mahogany Duns.

While the fishing is more temperamental right now it’s a great time to be on the river with fewer people and the leaves starting to change.  Another week or so and we’ll start seeing daily hatches of the above-mentioned mayflies. If you’re looking to get on the water give us a call at 208.483.2222.  You can also grab anything you might need at either of our fly shop locations in Swan Valley.  Enjoy your time on the water.

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