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South Fork of the Snake River Fishing Report 9/7/2023

fishing guide josh jablow

The South Fork of the Snake continues to fish well as we work our way into September.  August was much wetter and a bit cooler than average which has helped keep water temperatures perfect for both fish and bugs.  The flow out of Palisades Reservoir sits at 8,000 cfs and is scheduled to drop to 7,450 cfs today at noon.  Anytime I see water drops this time of year I immediately think of the Mutant Golden Stones.  An early morning float tomorrow wouldn’t be a bad idea.

There are a lot of other things to consider as well this time of year. Terrestrial season is in full swing with a lot of hoppers in the fields and grasses right now.  It’s also “One Fly Weekend” with the annual Jackson Hole One Fly taking place on the Snake River in Jackson as well as the South Fork.  I love looking back at the winning flies from previous years as it’s an excellent book mark for this weekend in September. If you visit their event page here and scroll down a bit you can click on each year to see the winning fly.  I’ve mentioned in previous reports that this time of year offers a lot of opportunities for dry flies, nymphs, and streamers and the winning flies reflect that with streamers, nymphs, and dry flies all holding top positions over the years.

Sunny skies and temperatures hitting 80 degrees signal a return of summer and some excellent fishing weather if not the best weather for catching.  Have a great weekend on the river and come visit us at our fly shop if you need anything.

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