South Fork of the Snake River Fishing Report 4/5/18

snake river fishing report

It’s that time of year here in Idaho where Angler’s start to get that itch.  It’s time to fish! We’re starting to see driftboats on our webcam and eager fisherman stopping by the shop.  It’s for good reason as the fishing has been excellent if you dress for it.  The water is gin clear right now and anglers are having good success fishing nymphs and throwing streamers.

This Week’s Top Flies

  • Stonefly Nymphs, Cheater Belly Stone
  • Egg patterns
  • Ed’s Tungsten’s
  • San Juan Worms
  • Your favorite streamer!

**Update Friday 4/6/18 flows were bumped all the way to 16,000 cfs.  This will make fishing tough this weekend with such a huge increase in a short period of time.**

Flows out of Palisades reservoir currently sit at 10,000 cfs but the Bureau of Reclamation plans to move flows to near 16,000 cfs by tomorrow morning.  That will be a huge bump so we’ll have to keep our eyes on it.

If flows do go straight to 16,000 that will make weekend fishing pretty tough while the fish adjust to the new flows.  The B.O.R. plans to draw Palisades Reservoir down from the current 72% capacity to 50% capacity in order to “catch” the anticipated run off.  This seems like a great plan and we are excited to see lots of cold, clean, water this summer and avoid some of the run off woes we had last year.

We’ll be posting updated fishing reports right here every Thursday afternoon from now through at least the end of October so tune in weekly if you can.

Swing by the shop and check out our huge new fly selection for 2018.  We also have demo and rental rods along with rental waders and boots if you need them.

Have fun on the river and we look forward to seeing you on the water.

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