September 18th, 2017
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 Fork at Irwin is flowing at 6470 CFS, which only a week ago was at 8500 CFS. Our guides have been floating all sections of the river and each have been finding success using different techniques. Dry fly fishing has continued to impress anglers, and patches of sunshine with good weather have produced plentiful hatches. Look for a mix of pink PMD’s, Mahogany’s and Blue Wing Olives flying around. With the change in temperature, fall streamer fishing is heating up. Fish Skulls, Beastmasters, Boogiemans, and Silvey’s Sculpins in black, olive and yellow colors have been the ticket. The shop boys have been floating the South Fork weekly and will continue to keep the updates coming in, hopefully with pictures of big browns, rainbows and cutthroat!
The Snake River: The Fall season has commenced in the Snake River Valley, and the fishing is heating up. Cooling water temps as a result of a recent cold front, and stable flows have created fantastic conditions for fishing on the Snake. The colder water has continued to activate the Cutthroat residing in our local waters, as the fish are starting to increase their caloric intake in order to prepare for upcoming frigid Winter season. The dry fly fishing here on the Snake is in its prime, as prolific hatches of Mahogany Duns, Blue Wing Olives and Hecubas have the big trout looking up. For the most part, we are seeing the Blue Wings early in the morning and in the late afternoon as conditions are cooler, while the Mahogany’s and Hecuba are readily seen in the warmer afternoon hours. Look to target rising fish with smaller mayfly patterns such as Parachute Adams, Copper Haze, and Royal Wulff, along with foam hopper/stonefly imitations. Along with recent dry fly success, we have seen some of the river’s larger trout attack streamers with vigor near the bank and in deeper pools. Sculpzillas, JJ Specials and larger articulated streamers have resulted in aggressive strikes. Come on over to our shop to take a peak at our variety of streamers and dry fly selection. Do not be discouraged by the colder conditions, as this has brought some ideal conditions for trout fishing, and a chance to catch some of the Snake’s largest trout!
Snake River Tributaries: Flat Creek has been productive nearly all day long, with hatches occurring periodically throughout the day. Mahogany Duns, Blue Wing Olives, Trico’s and Hopper patterns have all been bringing fish to the surface. With the cold weather moving in, expect to see more and more BWO’s in the mornings and evenings. Dress warm and take your time scanning the water for that fish of a lifetime!
The Gros Ventre has been fishing very well. Hopper patterns are still producing fish, along with smaller mayfly patterns such as Parachute Adams, Para Purple Rooster, and Humpy’s in various colors. If you focus on the deeper pools and banks 30+ fish days are not uncommon.