One of the best things about living in Idaho Falls, Idaho is the access to perfect blue ribbon trout fisheries. Annualy, Sales manager takes a camping trip on the Snake River. Here’s his summary…
RIO Sales Manager Zack Dalton’s report from an annual float trip along the lower South Fork of the local Snake River.
|WHERE||LOWER SNAKE RIVER|
|WHO||ZACK DALTON & JAKE HOLM|
|WHEN||JUL 04, 2006|
|SPECIES||CUTTHROAT & BROWN TROUT|
|CONDITIONS||HIGH CLOUDS & 100 DEGREE HEAT|
|BEST FLY||PMD’S AND SALMON FLIES|
|FLY LINES||SELECTIVE TROUT WF5F|
|LEADER/TIPPET||12FT 3X LEADER TO 5X FLUOROFLEX PLUS|
|TACKLE||SAGE XP 8.5FT 5WT & 9FT 5WT|
|TECHNIQUE||DRY FLY & DRIFT BOAT FISHING|
This was our annual two night drift boat camping trip after the salmon fly hatch on the lower South Fork.
We usually float just after the salmon fly hatch. Fish are still looking for the big flies and the crowds are all upstream following the hatch. There’s a geat mix of Browns and Cutthroats in this stretch. Great big fish move into the shallow margins during this time, looking for easy pickings. It gives you a good chance at hooking something specatcular.
We float 10-13 miles per day, and find a good place to camp, usually near a good riffle for the evening rise.
The hot July temps make wet wading a necessity. This, and a cold beer are a must for cooling down.