Cutthroat & Browns, Lower South Fork Snake River

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 Big one on!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.

Nice big fish

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