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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Snake River Water Flow Levels 

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

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


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