South Fork of the Snake fly fishing report 8.19.12

Dry fly fishing on the South Fork has been hit or miss on the whole system lately. Flows out of Palisades Dam remain high at 12,500 cfs and water temps are 64 degrees at Irwin.  There are plenty of Caddis about making early morning and evenings good times to be throwing dries.  Large Hopper and Mutant Stone patterns tucked close to the banks have produced, so make sure you get it within 6 inches! A Super Renegade plopped near overhead cover and stripped slowly will produce as well.. Your best bet for the most consistent fishing is nymphing, both in the riffles and along any seams,  Drop your first nymph 4-5 ft and the second 18″ below that. Sounds shallow, but it’s plenty deep.  Try Stoneflies with Caddis Pupa, Copper Johns, and Zebra Midges as droppers.  Stick with it and you will produce good results!

Mike Arbige ties into a good one at the mouth of the Canyon.

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