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South Fork of the Snake River Fishing Report 6/14/2018

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Dropping dropping dropping!

Outflow out of Palisades Dam are dropping.  We started this week with flows at 22,000 cfs and as of today we’re riding at 17,000 cfs.  The inflows to the reservoir have dropped dramatically as snowmelt in the Tetons and surrounding mountains have peaked.

With rain in the forecast for the weekend, there is a chance that we’ll see the flows bump back up a bit but overall we’re on the right path and should see a very “normal” June/July.  Our traditional hatches (Salmon Flies, Golden Stones, Green Drakes, PMD’s, Caddis) will be starting very soon.  I’d expect we’ll be fishing dry flies on the South Fork before the month is out possibly even sooner if the weather warms up after this weekend.

We have had good fishing this week on the Main Snake near Pocatello, Palisades Reservoir, and the South Fork.  If you’re looking for something fun and different ask us about the fishing on the Main Snake and Palisades Reservoir.

With the dropping flows on the South Fork, we continue to see fishing improve daily.  While still a nymphing game the nymph fishing in the afternoons remains excellent.  More and more riffles and drop-offs are presenting themselves as the water drops and that’s where you want to fish.  The water is lower and warmer on the lower river and we’ll see Salmon Flies, Sallies, etc hatch there first.  I’m sure we’ll see more of our guides heading to the lower river in search of some dry fly fishing or at least awesome nymph fishing as the bugs start to move.

Top Flies This Week

  • Size 8 Cheater Belly Stonefly Nymph
  • Size 10 Foxy Golden Stone
  • Bead Head Creamy Caddis
  • Duracell Jig

Stop by the shop if you need any of the above flies, a guide, shuttle, gear or a fishing license.  We love to talk on the phone as well 208.483.2222.