August 18, 2018

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 caddis are out daily providing fish yet another prime food source, and for the angler, a challenging dry fly opportunity. Many of the smaller tributaries are producing great results with similar flies to what is working on the major river systems.

Snake River

Flows on the Snake river have been steady and slowly dropping throughout the summer. Current flows at Moose read 2,520 CFS. Optimal fishing conditions have generally been early morning through mid afternoon while the water is still cool, but that’s not to say fish can’t be caught all day long. Terrestrials have been the most predictable patterns as the bugs are out in abundance now and the fish are looking up. If the temps are in the 70s for the next several days hopefully some of the energy will return to the Cutties on the Snake. If terrestrials aren’t cutting it, look towards a small dropper to improve the odds. Streamers have been bringing a lot of bigger fish to hand as well!

South Fork of the Snake

South Fork waters have been clear and flows have been consistent for the past few weeks providing us with optimal fishing conditions. Fishing big terrestrial bugs along banks with an added nymph dropper can be dynamite! Fly recommendations also remain the same with Circus Peanuts, Hoppers, or Chernobyls as a great option, especially when combined with a small secondary dry fly like the rusty spinner or hazy cripple. Fishing riffles can be productive using smaller PMD patterns as well. As per usual, early mornings and late evenings are a great time to cast streamers.

New Gear Alert

The new fast action “Sage Igniter” is in stock, swing by and take one for a spin out in the yard to see how it casts. It’s a beast of a streamer rod to throw big articulated flies, and even heavy sink tips. This thing really cuts the wind to get your fly where you need it.


For more local insight, flies, and gear; come in to see us at the shop on Moose Wilson Rd! We are still booking trips for late August and September now so if you are interested in a guided trip, contact us soon so we can ensure you a spot!