Guided Fly Fishing on the South Fork of the Snake River

The South Fork of the Snake is an extremely productive fishery, offering native Snake River Cutthroat, Rainbow, Hybrid (Cut Bow),and Brown trout. We often catch fish over 20 inches, but most fish fall in the 15-17 inch range. The South Fork starts with nymph fishing in the early summer, then transitions to dry fly fishing by the end of June and through September. Fall offers great dry fly and streamer fishing.

Guided Snake River Fly Fishing Rates

Palisades Dam to Menan BridgeSouth Fork of the Snake River Float Trip

One or Two People $615.00

*Includes lunch, ice, beverages and flies!

Gem State Power plant to Massacre of Rocks State Park
Main Snake River below Idaho Falls

Reservations for July 1st – Sept 15th (1-2 People) $625.00

*Includes lunch, ice, beverages and flies!

Guided Fishing on Palisades Resrvoir

Full Day Palisades Reservoir Pontoon Fishing Trip

People Rate per Person
 1  $550.00
2 $275.00
3 $225.00
4  $200.00
5  $175.00

*Includes lunch, ice, beverages and all tackle!

Half Day
Palisades Reservoir Pontoon Fishing Trip

People Rate per Person
 1  $450.00
2 $225.00
3 $200.00
4  $175.00
5 $150.00

*Includes lunch, ice, beverages and tackle!

Rates are for Day Trips and guests staying at the Lodge. See Lodging Rates

Get Here, We’ll Do the Rest

Fishing guides are available on a daily or weekly basis. We encourage guests to request guides, especially during peak season (June 20th-September 15th). Requests are first come first served.

What to Bring

Fishing Information

River Sections


The Lodge at Palisades Creek fronts one of America’s great fly fishing rivers, the South Fork of the Snake River. The Lodge has five different sections of the South Fork available for guided fishing trips. These sections traverse a total of 55 miles of the South Fork of the Snake. The following briefly describes each section, its proximity to The Lodge, and its unique characteristics.

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Our head guide is in charge of all fishing activities at the Lodge and he will help plan your fishing trip on the South Fork and any where else in the area you might be interested. The Lodge has a complete fly shop with rods, reels, flies, waders, and boots as well as sunglasses, sun block, bug spray and clothing you might need when you are here as well as great souvenirs to take home!

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Current Conditions


Spring fly fishing on the South Fork of the Snake River is all about keeping your eyes on the weather and the water flows. There is a magic window in the spring where the weather warms up, but the snow melt has not caused the river to rise or get muddy. This window benefits the early bird and can last anywhere from a week to a month. Deep nymphing is the key as fish are slowly but surely becoming more active and Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout begin their predicted spawn.

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Meet the Natives

The Snake River eco-system is formed by deep canyons, pounding waterfalls, islands, and flood plains all framed by carpets of wildflowers and sprawling cottonwood forests.

In addition to a fish population estimated at 5,000 per mile, the local wildlife includes moose, bison, elk, whitetail deer, cougar, bobcat, black bear, river otter and mink. For the ornithologists among us…126 bird species, including Idaho’s largest population of bald eagle, trumpeter swan, osprey, sandhill crane, and great blue heron.

The Lodge at Palisades Creek is a permittee of Caribou-Targhee National Forest
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