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.

Call us or e-mail us at info@westbank.com to discuss fishing conditions and options on this distinctive river.

 

Other Great Resources:

Snake River Water Flow Levels 


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

May 9th, 2018

CFS FLOW UPDATES: Flows are continuing to change! The South Fork has now gone from 14,300 cfs to 16,000 cfs as of 1:00 p.m today. Jackson lake flows have increased coming out of the dam from 3,000 cfs to 4,000 cfs since May 7th. Hopefully flows on the South Fork will stay consistent throughout the weekend. Keep checking in to for flow...... read more

May 7th, 2018

May is here and so is the runoff. With the warm temperatures these past few weeks, snow has continued to melt into our tributaries and rivers making them high and muddy. This runoff is a yearly thing and something to expect around this time. The good news is the quicker this snow melts, the more chance we will have for cleaner rivers earlier on in...... read more

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April 24th, 2018

Here is a quick update on flows from Jackson Lake and Palisades.  Palisades was reduced to 16,000 on the 22nd of April, so until it goes up again, this is a great option for spring fishing. The Snake in Jackson has remained steady coming out of the dam at 2,400, however, we are getting a hint of Spring and warmer temps resulted in increased...... read more

April 18th, 2018

What a winter we've had! Another great season has come to an end in Jackson, which means only one thing...time to start fishing. As per usual this time of year, we have lots of snow in the mountains, ready to melt and enter into our watersheds. Will it be a warm April/May...? Only time will tell. Currently, water is being released from Jackson...... read more

February 21st, 2018

South Fork of The Snake With all of the mild weather we experienced in the first half of February, we were able to sneak in a few days on the river. This past Friday we got out onto the South Fork for quite the adventure. It was cloudy and calm with a temperature of 29 degrees when we put on at 10:30 am and by the time we took out there was 4...... read more

September 18th, 2017

The South Fork of the Snake River: What a time to be alive!...And to fish the rivers of the West. Late September has arrived, which means that cooler conditions are now in the forecast and summer time is in the rear view. Now, what does that mean? Well, with the recent cold snap, the fishing has picked up and we're loving it. Currently, the South...... read more

September 13th, 2017

Fall is here. Take advantage of the dry fly fishing while it lasts! The South Fork of the Snake - The flows coming out of Palisades have dropped the last few days bringing out some big Stone flies. Pink PMD's and hopper patterns have been working well in the riffles. The streamer fishing has been good and you can expect to see it pick up...... read more

August 15th, 2017

Spring Creek Openings:  Flat Creek: Those out for opening day this year found good fishing despite the crowds. Bugs began coming off as soon as the sun warmed things up enough, but fish took a little time to begin rising. Grey drakes, crane flies and mahoganies are out on the water along with a variety of other hatches. Imitations of these...... read more

July 24th, 2017

Snake (Jackson Hole): The Snake is continuing to clear despite last week's hailstorm with flows most recently reading 2,750 CFS out of the dam, 5,560 CFS at Moose, and 9,080 CFS in the canyon. The river is not quite at mid summer conditions, but it is getting there, and fishing is improving every day. The fish have been holding over in the slower...... read more

July 17th, 2017

  Snake (Jackson Hole): Hold the phone, cause its dropping!! Since our last report flows throughout the snake river system have been dropping and clarity continues to improve. Flows out of Jackson Lake Dam are 2500, which is the target flow for the summer, very similar to 2016 flows in July. We have been floating from the Dam to Pacific...... read more

July 3rd, 2017

Stillwater: Our area lakes are still fishing well, and can provide an exciting day on the water. The surface water is getting warmer and fish can be found near the surface eager to eat dry flies. Lewis and Yellowstone lakes are great options if you are willing to drive. Closer to home, Phelps and Jenny lake are both fishing with dries and small...... read more

June 24th, 2017

Stillwater: If your looking for a fun day of fishing with friends, family or just need a personal day, Jackson, Jenny and Lewis lake offer great fishing with stunning views. You can expect to catch Lake Trout, Brook Trout and Cutthroats. Now is the best time to fish the lakes,  both sinking and floating lines will all be useful for fishing here....... read more

June 16th, 2017

Stillwater: While the Snake is still in run-off, many of the lakes in the area are still proving to be consistent fisheries. Fishing streamers at variable depths on Jenny, Jackson, and Lewis Lake continue to keep anglers smiling and coming back. Look to fish streamers all day long. Patterns: JJ Special (#6-#10), Jake’s CDC Squirrel Leech...... read more

June 10th, 2017

Stillwater: With the Snake and its tributaries still high and muddy, our local lakes have been the ticket to catching fish. Jenny, Jackson, and Lewis Lakes are all great options this time of year. Streamers will produce fish all day long worked at the right depth, and the surface action has begun to heat up. Look for the flying ants on Jenny Lake...... read more

June 2nd, 2017

June 2nd Update:  South Fork of the Snake River: Flows on the South Fork were bumped up to 14,000 cfs, the water is starting to look better in terms of clarity, but expect the fishing to be off for a few days as the fish adjust to the new flows. We expect the South Fork to be pretty dynamic in the coming weeks with water clarity improving with...... read more

May 8th, 2017

  Snake River (Jackson Hole) and it's Tributaries: Spring is finally here, bringing with it warm temperatures and high water. The Snake River and it's tributaries are blown out from Pacific Creek all the way to Palisades Reservoir, the only remaining clear water is the 5 mile stretch from Jackson Lake Dam to Pacific Creek Landing. With 5...... read more

April 17th, 2017

Snake River (Jackson Hole)- The fishing on the Snake continues to be solid, again nothing outstanding but it continues to produce good fishing. Our pre-runoff fishing window is sticking around longer than anticipated, colder temperatures and cloudy skies have extended this hard to predict early season. Flows at the Jackson Lake Dam have been...... read more

March 23rd, 2017

South Fork of the Snake River: Flows on the South Fork have been up at 16,000 for almost a week now, this has significantly changed the way the river looks. Water managers are aiming to empty the reservoirs to make room for the above average run-off that we are going to see. This means that flows on the South Fork will likely stay at or above...... read more