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South Fork of the Snake River Fishing Report 9/30/20

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This week’s fishing report comes one day early as I’ll be taking advantage of this great weather to take my family on a camping trip. A few quick updates and then on to the report.

October Lodging Special: Groups of five or more can book lodging for just $350 per person per night (Normally $495). This includes all meals and beverages. Add some guided fishing or waterfowl hunting and you’ll have a trip you and your friends will remember for a lifetime. Lodge closes late October. Guided fishing and hunting available all season!

Come Dine With Us: Through the month of October, our dining room will be open for reservations. Join us for the finest dining on this side of the Snake River.  We offer a choice of several entrees every evening along with appetizers, cocktails, beer, wine, and delicious desserts. Outdoor seating available.  For reservations call 208.483.2222.

River Flow: Flows are stable at 6,000 cfs.

Weather: Warm days and beautiful blue skies continue for the foreseeable future.  Shorts and flip flops are still the norms but we all know that won’t last forever.

Fishing & Flies: All of this nice weather has limited the mayfly hatches and cooler nights are have stymied the terrestrial fishing as well.  Experienced anglers and guides who know the river well are still catching some fish on dry flies but for the most part, nymphing has been the way to go.  A two fly set up with a stonefly nymph and small bead-head nymphs that represent BWO and Mahogany Duns are working well (size 16-20). You can swap out the stonefly nymph for a san juan worm style pattern as well.  My best flies this week were a size 18 Olive Tungsten Thread Midge or an 18 Split Case BWO. If you would label yourself as a “tactical nympher” then you’re probably going to love the fishing right now. Streamers are also turning fish before and after the sun rises and sets.

We’ve got all the hot flies and gear you might need at our fly shop open daily or give us a call at 208.483.2222