Snake River Angler Fly Fishing Report for March 31st, 2024

Snake River

Midge activity remains strong and is at its strongest between 1pm and 4pm.  Winter stones – Neumora – continue to pop and emergences are stronger now as opposed to two weeks ago.  Some days they outnumber midges. The best surface action with these bugs is also between 1pm and 4pm, although there is still production between 11am and 1pm.  Slow currents in eddies, ledge rock pools, and backwater channels are primary targets whether fishing dry or nymph imitations. 

Streamers are starting to fish well along banks with slow currents, eddy current margins, seams, troughs, and backwater side channels.  Slow water targets are producing best in the morning hours but can fish solid deep into the afternoon.  Banks and seams start to fish around noon and will produce until 4pm or later.  Go with small to moderately sized baitfish imitations on floating lines or sinking tips in the INT to 3ips range and slow to moderate retrieves.

Dry flies – Furmisky’s BDE, Dark Stimulators, Parachute Adams, Parachute Midges, Ritt’s ARF Midge Adult, Chez’s Krystal Wing Midge Emerger, and CDC Midge Emerger.

Nymphs – Duracells, Keller’s Peach Fuzz, Hustlers, Keller’s Matte Deamon, Copper Johns in black or red, Brackett’s LBS, Zebra Midges, Ice Cream Cone Midges, and Perdigons.

Streamers – Galloup’s Mini Dungeon, Arum’s Lil’ Kim, Booty Call Minnows, Kreelux, Coffey’s Sparkle Minnow, Slump Busters, Pine Squirrel Zonkers, and Rickards’ Seal Bugger.

South Fork

Flows from Palisades Reservoir currently stand at  4,100 cfs and will be going up to 6,000cfs by April 2nd.  Good action on the South Fork especially with midge imitations in a variety of water types.  The lower reaches below Kelly’s Island is fishing best, although there is good fishing on the upper reaches from Palisades Dam down to Conant from around 2pm until 5pm.  CDC nymph attractors and midge larva/pupa are producing best in deep riffle pools, seams, and eddies.  Banks with slow to moderate currents are also fishing well.  Expect some tentative eats from time-to-time due to continued cool water temps when fishing the upper reaches. Midge adult and emerger patterns are producing most days from around noon until 5pm with the sweet spot being from 1pm to 4pm.  Adult and emerger imitations are working equally well.

The streamer bite is starting to come on with a bit more consistency on most reaches but especially from Wolf eddy down to Lorenzo.  The best water to focus on include backwater side channels, riffle pools, and seam current margins.  Moderately sized baitfish imitations are outperforming larger patterns.  Tandem rigs separated by four to six feet are working well from between 1pm until 5pm or so.  Fish your streamers on floating lines or hover lines or sinking tips in the INT to 3ips range with slow to moderate retrieves and line strip hesitations every now and then.

Dry flies – Griffith Gnats, Renegades, Parachute Adams, Parachute Midges, Chez’s Krystal Wing Midge Emerger, CDC Midge Emerger.

Nymphs – Duracells, Keller’s Peach Fuzz, Devil Jigs, Booty’s Day-2 Midge Pupa, Zebra Midges, Ice Cream Cone Midges, Lil’ Amigos, Jujubee Midges, Frenchies, and Perdigons.

Streamers – Goldilocks, Beldar Buggers, Coffey’s Sparkle Minnow, Arum’s Lil’ Kim, Krystal Buggers, Sparkle Yummies, and Muddler Minnows.

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