Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Guide to the South Fork of the Snake River
The fishing methods and strategies vary with the seasons and the water levels. The hatches
are not always consistent as to the time they occur. The order in which they occur is
consistent but due to variation in water temperatures due to various water releases from the
dam, the dates may vary some from year to year. The hatches are usually very large and the
trout often feed selectively.
The upper part of the river, from the dam down to the Connant Boat Ramp is considered the
first or upper section. It is about twelve miles long. The best access for the wading angler is
provided from the Forest Service road, also called the Snake River Road. Most of the
property on the main highway side or North side of the river is private.
The next twenty-four miles of the river is called the "Canyon" section of the South Fork of the
Snake. It is broken into two float sections, or the middle and lower sections sometimes called
sections two and three. This is a beautiful section of the river with lots of wildlife. The river
looks like you are inside a big wilderness area but in reality you are just in a deep canyon
below open farm land. The middle section runs from Connant Boat Ramp down to
Cotonwood Boat Ramp. There are several National Forest campgrounds along the way. The
lower section runs from Cotonwood Boat Ramp down to Byington Boat Ramp at Ririe. Either
one of these two float sections provides a good day of fishing.
The lower section or the river, or section four, runs from the Byington Boat Ramp down to
the rivers confluence with the Henry's Fork of the Snake. The Lorenzo Boat Ramp is the
usual takeout point, but you can fish even farther downstream to the Henry's Fork. This
section flows through farm country that is much flatter than the upper areas.
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South Fork of the
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