South Fork of the Snake River Fishing Report 4/30/20

covid 19 fly fishing report

Thank you for checking in on this week’s fishing report.  We’ll cover the fishing, weather, and Covid updates for the coming weekend.

Not much has changed in the fishing forecast this week.  We had a little blip in the flow this week but flows are stable again at 14,000 cfs.  The water is cold and clear making nymphs and streamers still your best methods. Here are a few strategies for success this weekend.

  • Nymphs – Big stonefly nymphs such as Pat’s Rubberlegs or Cheater Belly Stones are the bread and butter right now trailed by a midge, BWO, San Juan Worm, or an egg pattern.
  • Streamers – Focus on slow, deep, and even water that isn’t moving.  Cold fast-moving water takes a lot of work to swim in so you can find fish holding in “slack” and even “frog” water.  Don’t be afraid to make some casts in water you’d never consider in the summer.
  • More on Eggs – Rainbows and Cutthroats are both spawning in the river right now and all the fish in the river will eat an egg.  Remember to stay off any spawning beds (reds) if you see them but if you do see them, fishing below them with an egg pattern can be effective and a great way to catch and keep some rainbows if you’re into it.

Weather looks a bit mixed this weekend but overall much nicer Saturday and Sunday than it is today.  Either day being outside fishing would be better than being stuck inside, just remember your social distancing skills and necessary precautions when traveling.

Speaking of social distancing and Covid-19, per the governor’s plan to re-open Idaho we are following those guidelines and will be welcoming anglers this weekend.  If you’re interested in the practices we are putting in place to keep our guests, guides, staff, and Idaho safe you can read more here.

If you have questions about fishing, lodging, shuttles, licenses, flies please give our fly shop a call at 208.483.2222.

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