South Fork of the Snake River Fishing report 3.25.11

It looks like the fly fishing on the South Fork of the Snake will be on hold for the next week or so.  Flows have been bumped up out of Palisades Dam to make room for a large runoff this Spring.  Currently flows are at 3210 cfs on their way to 10,000 cfs by next week.  Snowpack totals in the region are between 115-120% of average and it’s still coming down! With two of the wettest months of the year, April and May, still to come, it looks like flows will be at least this high until fall. What does this mean for the fishing? It’s great for the long term health of the fishery and bugs.  In the short term, the fish will still be hunkered down in their wintering lies as water temperatures are still around 38 degrees.  This will require heavier nymph rigs fished deep to catch fish.  Fish the slowest water with Tungsten beads at about 10′ deep.  Try Stonefly Nymphs, San Juans, and Glo bugs.  As water temperatures rise, streamer rigs on sink tips will come in to play….

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