What makes the Snake River so attractive this time of year is the short drive to reach it at almost any location. So many of these are located off well-maintained roads, driving a relatively easy effort. With browns migrating and streamer patterns being most effective for encountering them all that remains is finding a location along their migration routes. Come in and talk to us about where to find these.
Browns are migrating in the entire river, and flows are near base level. That means it is time to consider fishing this river that haswith many convenient access points for walk-in wading. Come to the shop and get information on where and how to fish this river which hosts a great and under-utilized brown trout population. Late afternoons and mornings will be best times for fishing.
The river offers the most convenient streamer fishing in the area. There are numerous access points within minutes of Roberts, Idaho Falls, Shelly, and Blackfoot, and flow is down to seasonal normals. Try low light conditions such as daybreak or twilight for the best chance to catch big browns on the move. Consider trying it during cloudy or stormy days. Have bright and somber patterns ready for your sink tip line.
There are several good locations to wade the river now that flows are dropping. Big brown trout are responding to streamer patterns fished early and late in the day. Try below Gem Lake Dam on either side of the river, or off the Shelly I-15 connector.
Only a few reports on good fishing here to date, but they are sure to come as lowering flows make the river more accessible. For now, where wading is safe, try presenting streamer patterns when first light reaches the river or beginning about sunset. Caddis are also active during evenings, and if we ever have overcast or storms again, look for BWOs to emerge and fish to respond.
With the recent drop of flow out of Palisades Dam and more of the same to follow, this river should now be on you “to visit” list. The main stem Snake has had high flows all summer, but now look for BWO and caddis to offer action. Streamer fishing will become more important here as we move through autumn. The river is best fished through floating, but with lowering flows wading will become safe in several places. We can help identify such locations. Come in and talk to us about them.
Flows double or more than normal are making for tough wading along the river. Safest fishing is from a boat where presenting streamer patterns on fast sink tip lines will be best bet for meeting those big browns and ‘bows.
Brown trout are migrating to spawning areas. Flows remain nearly double in the river for this time of year limiting walk-in wade access, so float fishing is best approach. Streamer patterns presented on sink tip lines are the way to encounter the big browns that populate the river.
Flows are still a bit high for best walk-in wade fishing. Float fishers are doing better. Some walk-in places are accessible such as below Gem Lake Dam and below the Shelly I-15 connector. Pitch streamers with evenings being a good time to intercept migrating browns.
Water needs to drop for better fishing conditions. Walk-in wade fishing would improve and be safer at lower flows. Nevertheless streamer patterns are taking some large browns and ‘bows, especially in the river below Blackfoot. Float fishing is best way to approach this part of the river.