July 17th 2018

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 and those with good guidance, fishing was good. And even though the Green River is not necessarily fishing at it’s best, we’ve heard good reports from that river as well.

Snake River

Nearly every stretch of the Snake produced rising Cutthroat eager to feast on big dry flies! Jake’s trigger belly’s #10 , Chernobyl’s in peach, gold, or purple all worked well. A number of fish were caught using nymph droppers as well such as the CDC tungsten pheasant tail in size 12 or 14.

South Fork of the Snake River

South fork fishing has proved to be a bit more challenging the past few days but don’t let that discourage you as many fish are still hungry and ready to strike given the right approach. Watch for rising trout in softer water, deep riffles, and along slower moving banks. Big dry’s like Chernobyl’s have produced few strikes but work well as an indicator for a nymph dropper. Primarily, trout are keyed in on Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, and PMD’s. Our shop favorites for the South Fork have been the PMD Limestone Cripple, Pink Cahill’s, and the Tilt Wing dun PMD in size’s 16 to 20. Nymph droppers like the tungsten Torin’s Soft Hackle #14, TNG Jig Yellow Spot #12, and lime Copper Johns have also worked well.

Green River

Fishing on the green river has been best early in the morning using drakes, and mayfly spinner patterns. As the day heats up expect to see some hoppers out and about. Fishing parachute hoppers and traditional hair-wing flies in the afternoon has proven to be effective. Streamer fishing can be a great way to switch things up and find some hefty trout as well.

For more details or to book a guided fly fishing trip give us a call! If you need fly’s or gear come on down to our shop and we’d be glad to help you out.