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Main Stem Snake River

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Main Stem Snake River 11-28-17

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Flow out of Palisades Reservoir certainly impacts flow in the Snake River down to American Falls Reservoir this time of year when water use for agricultural purposes greatly diminish. Currently flows in this part of the river are around double historical averages at nearly all gauge stations. Because Palisades Reservoir is near capacity, flow will likely remain higher than the historical average  with the possibility of increasing  during the winter. As with the South Fork reach above the Henry’s Fork confluence, walk-in-wade fishing will be tougher, but fish will benefit greatly.  Presenting streamer patterns will be the best way to encounter fish in the river during the winter season.

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Main Stem Snake River 4-4-17

The American Falls West Side Boat Ramp is closed to boater and angler traffic while repaving of the parking lot and approach ramp takes place. It will reopen Memorial Day weekend.  During fall this year the old boat ramp will be removed and replaced.

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Main Stem Snake River 3-8-16

Flows throughout the river are lower than average, and most of the river banks are free of ice and snow. Boat ramps are open, but walk-in wade fishing is just as convenient.  Triploid rainbows in moderate sizes are responding well.  There are many places available for walk-in wade fishing. Get in touch with us, or stop by so we can help choose a location for such. Currently, the best chance for action is through presenting streamer patterns under low light conditions.

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Main Stem Snake River 11-24-15

Flows throughout the river are somewhat below normal for the time of year, and access for walk-in and wade fishing is plentiful. Float fishing is also practical as long as boat launch facilities are maintained for winter conditions. Presenting streamer patterns this time of year is the way to encounter large brown and rainbow trout as well as a few cutthroat.

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Main Stem Snake River 11-12-15

Flows are a bit below normal in most locations. Browns are moving, but fishing success seems to have slowed a bit, in part because of our sub-normal temperatures.  Pitching streamers under low light conditions remains the “name of the game.” With warmer air temperatures action would pick up.

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Mainstem Snake River 11-3-15

Flow throughout the river above American Falls Reservoir is a bit below normal, and brown trout are migrating. Candidate locations to try abound, and presenting big streamer patterns under low-light conditions is the best way to encounter these fish. Visit us at the shop, and we can point out some of the likely best locations for doing so. Flow out of American Falls Dam is a bit over 400 cfs meaning fish really will be concentrated around deeper water. Streamer patterns will be the best way to encounter these fish. Expect plenty of company doing the same.

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Mainstem Snake River 10-24-15

Flow out of American Falls Dam is about 400 cfs. This low flow will concentrate fish and make streamer fishing exciting. It will also bring crowds of anglers to the river below the dam, so arrive early to enjoy that kind of fishing! Above the dam to the Henry’s Fork confluence flow is about normal and water is being turned off in most canals and therefore remaining in the river. Brown trout are moving, also making for good streamer fishing but with less crowding than below American Falls Dam. If you enjoy top water fishing, BWOs are emerging in some locations. Stop by; we can recommend some worth trying.

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Mainstem Snake River 10-7-14

With flow in the river dropping, it is time to get out trying for migrating brown trout. Get those streamers in order, and rig up sink tip lines. There are a number of locations for walk-in wade fishing and float fishing. Come into the shop to get some ideas on where to give either a try.

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