The South Fork of the Snake has been the best river in the region as of late. Flows are steady at 10,100 cfs and the trout here are in their feeding groove. The Bureau Reclamation has stated that once the rain mellows and our soils drain the excess moisture we’ve received, they will bump up flows to meet irrigation demands. Most likely this will occur in a week or so… As for now, nymphing has been the main game still. Double nymph rigs with a #6-10 Rubberlegs as a point fly, and then various droppers. We are still seeing some BWO hatches with all of this rain, so #18 Flashback PT’s or Rainbow Warriors have been good producers. Midge pupa such as #18-20 Red or Black Zebra Midges are still great options. The Caddis larva are moving about in anticipation of Summer weather, so #14-16 Green Soft Hackles have been good as well. Both PMD and Yellow Sally nymphs are staging for their emergences and can be good choices for droppers, especially on sunnier days. These sunny days also have seen a little dry fly activity, mostly for mid-sized Cutthroat trout eating #12 Black flying ant patterns in the riffles. Afternoons are best, so no need to rush to the river at the moment. The streamer bite picks up as the evening draws close, so be prepared. Clouser minnows, Dungeons, JJ’s Specials, and black leeches are always good bets. Flow increases on the South Fork will slow the fishing a little bit, but not for long if the sunshine stays with us. Expect to see the beginnings of a Stonefly hatch towards the end of this month….
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