The Snake continues to fish well going into November with the best action occurring on the lower reaches from Moose Bridge down to Sheep Gulch. Water temps are quite cool in the morning and this is the time period to use double nymph rigs and dry-dropper rigs in riffles, seams, submerged structure, and troughs. Water temperatures warm up by noon (although some days a little later) and imitations of blue-winged olives, mahogany duns, and October caddis start to work in the same water, but also along banks, flats, and confluence points. In short, small dries are the way to go in the afternoon and they are working everywhere. Streamers are working well in the afternoon on a variety of lines ranging from floating lines to Type VI lines and tips. Slow to moderate retrieves of one to two feet in length is producing best, but don’t be afraid to perform faster retrieves, particularly along banks and submerged structure.
Effective dry flies – Circus Peanuts, Will’s Winged Chernobyls, Parachute Extended Body BWOs and Mahogany Duns, Comparaduns, Booty’s BWO and Mahogany Dun Emergers, Film Critics, Quigley Cripples, Q’s Loop Wing Cripples, Simulators, and Tent-Wing Caddis.
Effective Nymphs – Pat’s Rubber Legs, Soft Hackle Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns in red or olive, Booty’s Deep Stinker Nymph, Bubbleback Pheasant Tails, Lightening bugs, and Rainbow Warriors.
Effective streamers – Lite Brite Zonkers, Silvey Sculpins, Intruders, Mormon Girl Streamers, J.J. Specials, Booty’s Quad Bunny Leech, and Chickletts.
Low flows from Palisades Reservoir, gin clear water, and solid hatches of blue-winged olives and mahogany duns – all of these elements make the South Fork a good choice of water to be on as we go into November. The most productive fishing has been on the upper reach in Swan Valley and the lower reaches from Wolf Eddy down to Menan Buttes. Brown trout are still on their spawning runs which means streamers are very much in the cards. However, we also have very solid surface fishing with dun and emerger imitations of blue-winged olives and mahogany duns. The fish can be a bit picky on the surface, but hitting tight lines and getting picture perfect drifts can make all the difference. Riffles, eddies, and banks with slow to moderate currents are the holding water types to hit with surface patterns. Streamers (as well as double nymph rigs) are producing on banks, flats, and the tailouts of riffles and seams.
Effective dry flies – Purple Haze, Copper Haze, Parachute Extended Body BWOs and Mahogany Duns, Parachute Adams, Booty’s BWO and Mahogany Dun Emergers, Quigley Cripples, Halo Emergers, and Film Critics.
Effective Streamers – Lil’ Kims, Silvey Sculpins, McCune Streamers, J.J. Specials, Gongas, and Lite Brite Zonkers.
Effective Nymphs – Pat’s Rubber Legs, Eggs, Copper Johns in red or olive, Booty’s Deep Stinker Nymphs, Lightening Bugs, and Rainbow Warriors.