South Fork Fly Fishing Report 10.12.10

It’s been awhile since we have written a fly fishing report on the South Fork of the Snake.  This summer’s fishing has been better than any in recent memory. The trout ate PMD’s all the way in to the second week of September, including a 27″ monster that was caught in preparation for the One Fly on a Pink Albert Cripple!  The mid summer Caddis hatch was very solid, especially in the Canyon.  The hatches waned in the second half of September, as is typical, but the terrestrial and nymph fishing still produced as we waited for the fall weather to kick in. The first week of October brought some clouds and rain and improved fly fishing.  Streamer fishing was good below the Dam down to Irwin and then the riffles were good throughout the rest of the river.  Mahogany Duns and Baetis were the best bugs, especially emergers and cripple patterns.  Flows are being reduced to winter flows throughout the rest of the month, so check before you go. Stability is more important than actual levels, so look for periods of stable flows longer than three days for good fishing until they are done dropping. Look for browns to become very active in to November.  This is a great time to catch the fish of a lifetime! Best Flies: #18 Q’s Hackle Stacker BWO, #14-16 Lawson’s Thorax Mahogany, #16-18 Loopwing Baetis, #6 Rainbow Bunker, #4 Olive Monkey or Dungeon 

South Fork riffle fishing

Stealthy approaches are key to catching fish in the riffles of the South Fork.

Streamer fishing the South Fork

Cloudy days are great for streamers in the fall!

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