Rated as the top cutthroat stream in the West, the South Fork is a tailwater fishery that flows out of Palisades Dam on the border of Wyoming and Idaho. The diversity of hatches, both aquatic and terrestrial, exceeds other rivers of the West, and gives the South Fork the reputation for the best dry fly fishing in the world. Wild populations of native Yellowstone Cutthroat and Snake River Fine Spotted Cutthroat provide great dry fly action year-round. With a healthy population of browns and rainbows ranging from 15-25 inches, the South Fork is a fly fisher’s dream.
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Winter Opportunities – South Fork Fishing Report
February 6, 2021
South Fork Fishing Report – (2.6.21)
Flows are stable at 938 cfs. Expect those flows for the next 3 to 4 months. The South Fork can continue to fish well through the winter months. Just remember, flows are low, clear and cold; so many of your spots you found in the summer might now be the best places to target fish in the winter. Fish like slower water types this time of year. Slow reciculating eddies, seems and tailouts are the name of the game. Nymphing with Rubberlegs, small pheasant tails and BWO imitations will continue to be productive during the winter season. Don’t be surprised to see some fish eating midges on the surface as well. Streamer fishing can remain consistent, just keep those flies deep and slow.
South Fork Fishing Resources:
South Fork Shuttle – Julie’s Shuttle – 208-483-2903