South Fork Fly Fishing Report 7.26.10

Fly fishing on the South Fork of the Snake River is very good currently.  For the most part the Salmonfly hatch was a bust this year.  Fluctuating high water flows hindered the adults, but the nymph fishing remains strong.  Golden Stones, Caddis, PMD’s, and Yellow Sallies  have filled the void nicely. The canyon sections are fishing the best for surface activity.  Golden Stones and large Prairie caddis imitations get the fishing going in the morning and are great bank flies. Streamers are also an excellent way to hook large trout early in the day.  Riffle action gets going by 11am and is an exciting game to play!  Sulfurs, Pink Albert PMD’ s, and Red Butt Yellow Sallies, and Mahoganies have the fish feeding hungrily and bring up all sizes and varieties of trout. The average sized fish is pictured below. The Upper section in Swan Valley has fished, mostly on nymph rigs, but dry fly activity is picking up daily.  The best fishing has been in the riffles, along eddy lines, and shallow seams.  Look for this to improve as the week progresses. Best Flies:  #8-10 Chubby Chernobyl, #8-10 Melon Bellies, #16 Yellow Stimmies, #12 CDC Caddis, #16-18 Pink Para Cripples, #6-8 Pat’s Rubberlgs, #16-18 Rainbow Warriors, #6 Olive Silvey’s Sculpin

South Fork of the Snake River

Smokey the Bear holds a nice riffle cutthroat from the South Fork.