South Fork Fly Fishing Report 8.8.10

The South Fork of the Snake River continues to provide excellent fly fishing!  The initial push of Salmonflies and Goldens has passed through all the way up to Swan Valley.  This made the fish (and anglers) very happy!  The PMD’s have been very consistent starting by 11am in the riffles and lasting until about 3pm or so.  If clouds and rain showers come in the afternoon, then the riffle fishing goes into the evening on all sections. Bank fishing is still solid, but the trout have become pickier on patterns and presentations. The best news is that the second brood of Golden Stones has started in section #4 (below Byington) and is beginning to move upstream.  This has the brown trout down there crushing Stonefly patterns on the banks! Flies still need to be presented tight ( a few inches not a few feet) to these banks for them to get eaten.  The PMD’s have big browns feeding in the skinniest water in the riffles, as little as four inches! On a recent guided trip for TLAPC, we sight fished and caught a 20″ brown on a size #18 fly.  I’ll share pictures when I receive them…..

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