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.

south fork brown trout

Guided Snake River Fly Fishing Rates

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

One or Two People $635.00

*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) $635.00

*Includes lunch, ice, beverages and flies!

American Falls Reservoir to Massacre of Rocks State Park
Main Snake River Walk & Wade

Reservations for October – April (1-2 People) $475.00
Third person $150

*Includes lunch, ice, beverages and flies!

Palisades Reservoir Pontoon Trips

Enjoy fishing Palisades Reservoir with Capt. Larry Perzichilli, the Mayor of Irwin, Idaho. Capt. Larry operates out of a 2015 Premier 22-foot pontoon boat. Complete with amenities like a sun canopy, live well, fish finder and downriggers. Trolling in comfort with 4 rods at a time is the name of the game.  Catching lake trout, kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout and cutthroat trout are the goal.  Looking to keep some fish for dinner?  All anglers can keep up to 6 fish per day.  Pontoon trips include plenty of water and beverages.  Full day trips also include gourmet lunches from the lodge chef.  Half day trips may purchase lunches for a nominal fee if they desire


Guided Fishing on Palisades Reservoir

Full Day (7 Hours)Palisades Reservoir Pontoon Fishing Trip

People Rate 
 1-4  $600.00
5 $625.00
6 $650.00

*Includes lunch, ice, beverages and all tackle!

Half Day (4 Hours)
Palisades Reservoir Pontoon Fishing Trip

People Rate 
 1-4  $450.00
5 $475.00
6 $500.00

*Includes water, ice and tackle! Lunches can be provided for $20 per angler.

Scenic Trip on Palisades Reservoir


Half Day Palisades Reservoir Pontoon Scenic Trip

People Rate 
 1-4  $450.00
5 $475.00
6 $500.00

*Includes water. Lunches can be provided for $20 per angler.

palisades reservoir scenic trip

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.

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