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Date 04-Apr-21
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Conditions : South Fork:: Flow out of Palisades Dam was essentially doubled to 1790 cfs on March 29th. This begins flow increases to answer irrigation demands for the upcoming growing season.

(3/10) - It’s been a long cold winter on the river, but here are a few things worth some words. First, the flow from Palisades Dam has been near consistent at around 900 cfs all winter. Downstream because of tributary contribution flow increases to around 1300 cfs near Heise. Flow decreases somewhat downstream to the Henry’s Fork confluence. Midge activity seems to be increasing and will continue to do so as we warm up. Activity can be particularly good were spring water enters. Rubber legs patterns have been the best “go to” fly. Try them in traditional black , brown, olive, or tan (#4-8, all colors). Present these to run deep at the top of holes and runs drifting deep with an end-of-the-drift swing upward through the water column. The best access is around the Heise bridge and there are some such points on downstream.

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About: - It is between the Henry's Fork confluence and Palisades Dam that the South Fork is known as one of the finest dry fly rivers in North America. All of the Fish in the South Fork are wild and fish between eight and sixteen inches must be released because they are the prime breeders.

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Fishing The Famous South Fork of the Snake River 

  • Brook
  • Browns
  • Cutthroat
  • Rainbow
  • Whitefish

Misc Info: - The South Fork is now open year round to provide additional angling opportunity and give anglers the chance to help native cutthroat trout by harvesting non-native rainbow trout.

Effective January 1,2013, the Upper Snake Region the limit is removed on rainbow trout and hybrid trout in the South Fork Snake River tributaries. The limit on brown trout is two, with none under 16 inches, and no cutthroat may be harvested.

The South Fork tributaries (Burns, Pine, Rainey, and Palisades creeks) do not open until July 1.

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