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

South Fork of the Snake River - ID

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


WorldCast Anglers's Tip of the Week

Mahoganies and BWOs are the name of the game. Start adding your Streamers to you daily fly fishing kits.

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Map of South Fork of the Snake River

Water Flow Data

5-Day Outlook as of 10/2/23

Cool overcast days are going to be the normal and will bring out the Mahoganies and BWOs.

Techniques & Tips as of 10/2/23

Look for fish moving to slower water types and you'll be surprised. Full WorldCast Anglers Fishing Reports can be viewed at

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

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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):
Pino BWO Wine N/A 16-20
Adam's Purple Parachute N/A 14-18
TH Duracell Jig Brown 12-18
Fly Formerly Known As Prince Red 18-22
Pat’s Rubberlegs Brown/Black/Orange 4-12
Quill Body Jigs Purple/Orange/Black/ 10-16
Improved Winged K.C.'s Creature N/A 8-10
Bead Head Rubber-Legged Orvis CJ Orange 12-18
Wooly Bugger Black/Olive 6-12
Dungeon!!! Black, White and Olive 4

Pino BWO Wine

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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)


Cool overcast days bring out the Mahoganies and BWOs.

Best Time to Fish:

Mid-day and afternoons

Best Stretch:

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

Best Access:

Dam, Husky, Irwin, Spring Creek Bridge, Conant, Cottonwood, Wolf, Heise Byington and Lorenzo.