Guided Fly Fishing on the South Fork, Main Stem of the Snake River & Palisades Reservoir
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.
The Main Stem of the Snake River from Idaho Falls to the reaches below American Falls Reservoir offers excellent fishing for Trout, Bass, and even Carp. Several of our guides spend their winters near Pocatello to guide on the Snake River as winter fishing on this section offers great chances of catching trout over 20″
Palisades Reservoir offers a unique opportuntiy for larger groups, kids, or anglers who aren’t expierenced fly fishers. Guest fish from the comfort of a 22 foot pontoon boat complete with amenities like a sun canopy, live well and fish finder. Trolling in comfort for Lake Trout, Koaknee, plus Rainbow, Brown, and Cutthroat Trout.
Guided South Fork of the Snake River Fly Fishing Rates
Palisades Dam to Menan BridgeSouth Fork of the Snake River Float Trip
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.
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!
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.
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.