Fishing Season: Year Round (Prime: May 15 - November 1)

South Fork of the Snake River - ID

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

50

WorldCast Anglers's Tip of the Week

Flows are 12,400 cfs. Nymphing and streamers are going to be the name of the game but we are starting to see some dry fly fishing on the lower river.

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Map of South Fork of the Snake River

Water Flow Data

5-Day Outlook as of 6/25/24

Runoff has finished up. Water temperatures are rising and dry fly fishing is picking up.

Techniques & Tips as of 6/25/24

Look for fish holding in slower water types and you'll be surprised. Full WorldCast Anglers Fishing Reports can be viewed at http://bit.ly/Jacksonholefishingreport

Local Species Available Year Round (Prime: May 15 - November 1)

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    Cutthroat

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    Rainbow

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    and Brown trout

WorldCast Anglers's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Travis Extended Body Green Drake N/A 12-14
Gee's Supafly Stone Dry N/A 6-10
TH Duracell Jig Brown 12-18
Improved Winged K.C.'s Creature N/A 6-10
Pat’s Rubberlegs Brown/Black/Orange 4-12
Quill Body Jigs Purple/Orange/Black/ 10-16
Indicator Parachute - PMD N/A 14-18
Tunghead Pheasant Tail Jig PT 12-18
Kreelex Black 4-6
Dungeon!!! Black, White and Olive 4

Travis Extended Body Green Drake

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WorldCast Anglers's Recommended Gear

Description: About South Fork of the Snake River

Rated as one of the top cutthroat streams in the West, the South Fork is a tail-water fishery that flows out of Palisades Dam on the border of Wyoming and Idaho. The diversity of hatches, both aquatic and terrestrial, gives the South Fork a reputation for some of the best dry fly fishing in the world. Wild populations of native Yellowstone Cutthroat and Snake River Fine Spotted Cutthroat provide scrappy dry fly action year-round. With a healthy population of browns and rainbows ranging from 15-25 inches, the South Fork is a fly fisher's dream. Fishing starts with a bang in July during the highly sought after salmon fly hatch. Large 2-3 inch stone flies creep out of the depths and hatch by the thousands along the rivers edge, bringing fish of all sizes to the surface. Anglers are dumbfounded by the numbers of fish brought to the boat during this four week period. Following this hatch is a melting pot of diverse dry fly hatches that continue to change through the end of October as well as uncountable numbers of hoppers that tempt fate by traveling along the rivers banks. The South Fork of the Snake is a trip any angler should try to take when visiting the Jackson Hole area.

Nearest Airport:

Jackson Hole, WY (45 mins.) / Idaho Falls, ID (1.5 hours)/ SLC, UT (4 hours)

Hatches:

Mostly a nymphing game - anglers should start seeing Drakes and PMDs on the lower portion of the river.

Best Time to Fish:

All Day

Best Stretch:

The best access is at Palisades Dam, Huskys, Irwin, Spring Creek Bridge, Conant, Cottonwood, Heise, Wolf Flats, Byington and Lorenzo.

Best Access:

Palisades Dam, Huskys, Irwin, Spring Creek Bridge, Conant, Cottonwood, Heise, Wolf Flats, Byington and Lorenzo.