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South Fork of the Snake River Fishing Report 5/24/2018

Snake River Fishing Report | Brown Trout | Josh Jablow

Indeed the water is high, indeed it is a bit off color, indeed the fish must feed. – TLAPC Facebook post

Well dang it!  If you read our previous reports this month you know that we weren’t expecting higher flows on the river, but unfortunately, that’s not the case.  Flows out of Palisades Reservoir went from 16,000 cfs to 19,000 cfs in order to maintain flood control guidelines for the Snake River and Palisades Reservoir.  No matter, we’ve had many boats out on the river this week, seven out today, and we’re catching plenty of fish and some really nice ones on the lower river.

With all the rain on Wednesday, the name of the game for the coming days is worms…they are simply everywhere right now and the fish are looking for them.  Dig in your box or come by our shop for the biggest juiciest San Juan worm you can find, then go get a big one!

Your best strategies for this weekend will be to focus on slower moving water.  Look for “soft” water behind logs, bushes, riffles, in side channels, back eddies, etc.  Throwing streamers deep in these areas will yield some fish but most success will be found nymphing with a two fly rig.  It will be pretty tough to beat a big stonefly nymph with a san juan worm behind it.

If the sun comes out for any length of time this weekend there is always a chance of a Mother’s Day Caddis hatch in the canyon.  We’ve seen it happen several times before on Memorial Day weekend so keep your eyes peeled and your fingers crossed.

As always if you need licenses, flies, up to the minute fishing report just give us a call or come by the shop.  208.483.222

Have a great weekend and see you on the water!