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Main Stem Snake River

Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Main Stem Snake River (Page 7)

Main Stem Snake River 7-15-10

The main stem from Idaho Falls down to American falls has dropped to normal summer levels. The water is clear and is this stretch of river offers some great streamer fishing and even some caddis and pale morning dun hatches.

Access is somewhat limited if you don’t have a boat but there is some access near bridges or adjacent roads. When streamer fishing we like to use a type VI 15 foot sinking tip or150 to 200 grain 24 foot tip. Fish the deeper runs and and around any log piles or structures. Also fish the slower inside bends that are 4 to 6 feet in depth. They don’t look productive but fish through them quickly because sometimes trout move into these areas  to chase minnows.

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Main Stem Snake River 7-09-10

With flows dropping this great river is shaping up nicely.  Streamers remain very effective, especially in low light conditions, but now fish will take caddis life cycle patterns.  BWOs are also present, and soon  PMDs will emerge from some gravel bars along the river.

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Mainstem Snake River 5-20-10

Feeling the effects of increased flows, especially on the upper river. Water is a bit discolored. Best fishing is below Blackfoot where a well placed streamer pattern can bring results.

Recommended patterns

  • Bead head peacock leech
  • Stenersen’s string leech
  • Clousers
  • JJ special
  • Galloup’s sex dungeon
  • Galloup’s bottoms up
  • Double bunny
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Mainstem Snake River 4-24-10

Because of increased flows out of Palisades Reservoir and the beginning of run-off the river flow is up from Menan to Blackfoot.  Wading is still possible, but fishing has slowed a bit.    Streamers are still the best bet.   Look for flows to increase (because of downstream irrigation demands) making walk-in wade fishing tougher as we advance through the spring season.

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Main Stem Snake River 4-20-10

Flows are up a bit, but not enough to influence trout activity.  Likewise, some canals along the lower reaches are open meaning lower river flows for the time being.  Streamers are your best choice to encounter big browns and ‘bows.   Anywhere you can find access on the river from Menan to Tilden Bridge you will find action through using them.  There is a lot of river here, so get in touch with us or come into the shop.  We will recommend places to fish based on the information that is coming in.

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