South Fork of the Snake Fly Fishing Report 5.20.14

The South Fork of the Snake River flowing through Swan Valley, ID has been fishing well recently.  Flows out of Palisades Dam have remained steady for weeks at 10,400 cfs. The Rainbows on the Upper section have moved into full spawning mode, especially from the Dam down to Palisades Creek. The trout are taking #8-12 Rubberlegs, #12-16 Hares Ears, #14-18 Red Copper Johns, #14-18 Lightening Bugs, and San Juan Worms. Typically we do not condone fishing redds. In this case, Idaho Fish and Game encourages a catch and kill policy on Rainbows, which is counter-intuitive to what most of us are used to.  This practice helps the native Cutthroat as they don’t cross breed or have to compete with the faster growing Rainbows. There are numerous Rainbow fisheries across the land, but very few Native Cutthroat fisheries especially on large fertile rivers. Releases will be bumped up starting next Tuesday to mimic natural runoff conditions.  By mid-June, we expect flows to level out around 15,000 cfs and for the Stonefly hatch to begin in earnest!

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