Snake River (August 1st)
The gauge above Alpine, in the Snake River Canyon, has been dropping the last few days, but seemed to level out today at 4400 cfs, potentially due to heavy rains yesterday afternoon. High chance of rain in the forecast for the next couple of days will likely keep the gauge at a similar height and may impact water clarity. Water temperature has been reaching highs of 64F, something important for anglers to keep in mind. Bring a thermometer and consider the stress that temps above 65 put on fish, especially with prolonged fights and time out of water.
Summer fishing on the Snake is fully on! Consistent, thoughtful fishing is proving successful. Hard to say if dry or nymph flies have seen significantly more action, so throw dry dropper rigs in expected fishing zones, with large to medium sized foam patterns on top, and smaller bead head nymphs below. We have also noted spruce moths, caddis, drake, and PMDs hatching.
Dries- Water Walker, Chubby Chernobyl, caddis imitations, Circus Peanut
Nymphs- Pats Rubber Legs, pheasant tails, Duracell Jigs, Perdigon
Streamer- Lil Kim, Sparkle Minnow, Wooly Bugger
Green (August 1st)
The Green is getting hot. Flows today dipped under 500cfs at Warren Bridge, and have been consistently dropping the past several days. Bring your thermometer and check the temperature; shift to early morning and later evening fishing if necessary. Fishing Closer to the lakes will help you find cooler water temps, lower sections are seeing higher water temps.
Dries- Yellow sallies, Hopper Imitations, PMD’s
Nymphs- Perdigons, Pheasant Tails, Prince nymphs
Streamers- Lil Kim, Sex Dungeon, Leech patterns
Salt (August 1st)
The Salt is in. Last week warm air temperatures and flows had fish eating consistently and happily. A bump in flows from yesterday’s weather could impact that. Currently the Salt is flowing at 640 cfs. Fish are eating near shaded undercut banks, shelves and other steep drop-offs. Keep an eye out for consistent slow rises on banks, where bigger fish are eating naturals.
Dry droppers will likely provide the most success. Single big foam is also working, as are streamers.
Dries- Hopper imitations, Chubby Chernobyl, Mayfly Patterns
Nymphs- Duracell, Firestarter, Prince nymphStreamer- Leech patterns and Mice