South Fork Fly Fishing Report

South Fork Fly Fishing Report

The section of the Snake River which flows out of Palisades Reservoir into Idaho is what’s referred to as the South Fork.   The South Fork of the  Snake River offers extremely diverse fly fishing experiences. Whether sight fishing to picky fish, targeting trout in the shallow riffles using small PMD’s and caddis,  or twitching stoneflies and big hoppers along the river banks, the South Fork offers all types of fishing experiences.

The valley stretches offer a broad river with many side channels and braids that provide great fishing in the riffles. The canyon stretch is 26 miles of wilderness. Cutthroat, rainbows and browns call this river home and can grow quite large.

Given the right conditions the South Fork can come alive with the salmon fly hatch at the first of July, while the fall fishing on the South Fork can provide some of the best action.

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August 20th, 2018

This cooler weather is just what the fish were looking for! Conditions throughout Jackson Hole have been excellent, although a bit smoky. Emerging mayfly and caddis are out daily providing fish yet another prime food source, and for the angler, a wonderful dry fly opportunity. Many of the smaller tributaries are producing great results with...... read more

August 18th, 2018

The summer is flying by, and the fishing is awesome! Dry fly action has been good on most of the water in the area, and we're hopefully on the back side of the recent heat wave. Big fish are taking dries and streamers on the Snake, South fork fishing is excellent as hoppers and other terrestrials end up as a snack for fish. Emerging mayfly and...... read more

August 15th, 2018

Mid August has brought with it excellent fishing on nearly every stream and river around! Larger fish are showing up on the Snake in good numbers and have been eager to chomp big dries and streamers. South fork fishing is in it's prime as well, as hoppers and other terrestrials slip up and find themselves floating down river into the feeding lanes...... read more

August 7th, 2018

"Come on in the, water's fine!" - This could be said about almost everywhere in the region. There are tons of great fishing options from all over the region. We're seeing big fish hitting all sorts of flies from Yellowstone to Flat Creek, on the Snake, the South Fork and many tributaries. Below you'll find a couple of pointers but we're always...... read more

August 6th, 2018

We've been having an excellent summer here at Westbank Anglers and are always eager to share our advice to set you up for a successful day of fishing. Streams and rivers of the Jackson Hole area have dropped and cleared making fishing conditions quite ideal. Dry fly fishing is still very effective and many fish are now looking for larger...... read more

August 4th, 2018

We find ourselves at another weekend and we couldn't be more excited for people to get out there and catch a bunch of fish! We're experiencing great fishing conditions as we enter the later part of the summer. Whether you like dry fly fishing, Euro nymphing, or throwing big streamers, there's great water to fish all over the place. Be sure to stop...... read more

July 31st, 2018

Fishing continues to be wonderful out there in the greater Jackson Hole region. Come on by the shop to get all your fishing essentials and a few flies that might help land some fish. Remember, Flat Creek in the Elk Refuge opens tomorrow, August 1st! Be sure to get out there early if you're planning on fishing Flat Creek, especially in the next...... read more

July 30th, 2018

It's a great start to a new week here in Jackson Hole! We're looking at more awesome fishing throughout the region on the main rivers and tributaries. Fish are looking up for great top water action and the streamer bite is on. Conditions should continue to improve on the Snake and the South Fork is fishing really well. Snake River: The...... read more

July 29th, 2018

The water is clear and the fish are hungry! We're happy to say that whether you like to fish dries, nymphs, or streamers, we can get you on some great fish. The Snake and the South Fork are fishing well, and the tributaries of the Snake are still holding some good sized cutthroat. Snake River: The entire stretch of the Snake through Jackson...... read more

July 24th, 2018

Over the past week we've seen fairly consistent fishing on most of the waters around Jackson Hole. Midweek is a great time to be out on the water if you can sneak away from work for a day. Lately, we've been seeing increased dry fly action on the South Fork, and continued improvements on the Snake. Be sure to head into the shop for the latest...... read more

July 23rd, 2018

  The summer fishing season keeps getting better here in Jackson Hole and Eastern Idaho! Wading smaller tributaries is producing awesome results, and floating the major river systems will put you on the fish as well…The Snake keeps getting better with average fish sizes on the rise, the Green is fishing well in the morning, and the South...... read more

July 22nd, 2018

The summer fishing season keeps getting better here in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem! With flows on most of our rivers and tributaries coming down, we're starting to see quite variable conditions based on where you're fishing. Wading smaller tributaries is producing awesome results, and floating the major river systems should put you on the...... read more

July 19th, 2018

Summer fishing conditions are shaping up nicely with more consistent and stable flows from dams and head water streams. As a result, water clarity in the Snake and surrounding waters has improved significantly over the past few weeks bringing many hungry trout to the surface for excellent dry fly fishing. Snake River Fishing has been...... read more

July 18th, 2018

Another excellent day for fishing is upon us and I hope you've had a chance to get out there and see what we're talking about! Fishing reports from the past few days still hold true with few exceptions so today's updates will be brief. For more detailed information please refer to our fishing reports from  7/16 and 7/17. Get out there and enjoy...... read more

July 17th, 2018

Good morning all! Fishing season is in full swing now and the fish are eating just about everything on the Snake River! Yesterday was a beautiful day to be on the river and those who were out enjoyed excellent fishing on the Snake. Guide reports from the South Fork of the Snake indicate that fishing was a bit trickier but, for the skilled angler...... read more

July 16th, 2018

Snake River Cutty's are ready to eat and river conditions are improving daily! Fish are being caught in nearly every stream and river in the region and among our favorites, the upper snake and the south fork have been fishing well. Pacific Creek, Granite Creek and Lower Flat Creek offer excellent wade fishing opportunities as the the water in many...... read more

July 4th, 2018

It's a beautiful 4th of July here in Jackson Hole, and the fish are just as excited as we are. There is epic fishing to be found on the South Fork of the Snake River as a hot nymph bite is being paired with an exciting Salmonfly hatch. While the South Fork is great, there is zero excuse to sleep on the Green River. The water has become noticeably...... read more

June 28th, 2018

The past two weeks have held a minor setbacks including a long period of rain and low water temperatures, but it seems that we have finally turned the corner! The Green River and the South Fork of the Snake River are still somewhat tainted, but the water has come down a good bit since the rain event and we are on the verge of the best fishing of...... read more

June 14th, 2018

The much anticipated Summer 2018 fishing season is finally upon us! With the peak of snow melt and river runoff behind us, we are starting to see all river flows drop significantly which means that the fly fishing bite is getting better by the day. The snow has been melting at a much higher pace than last year, which will likely give anglers...... read more

May 16th, 2018

The upcoming fishing season is fast approaching and the buzz is getting everyone in the shop excited. We are predicting another great summer and fall, with plenty of water to give us a long season. We have high hopes to be fishing the Snake much earlier than last year, so don't hesitate to book your trip now. With the beautiful weather we've had...... read more