If you have crossed the Snake River this weekend you may have noticed a big change. Over the weekend the Snake went from 5,000 cfs in the Snake River canyon to 11,000 cfs as of this morning. Jackson’s main river system, is now dirty, and well on its way to our early summer run off. There is a lot of water now, but we are excited about the all the benifits high water can do for our fish in the Snake river system. The bureau of reclamation has confirmed that come July they will be running water out of the dam at a consistent level of 2,500. This is a fisherman’s paradise on the Snake. 2,500 cfs is a great level compared to the 4,000 cfs release out of Jackson lake last year. As I have said in previous reports, lots of water equals happy fish, which in return gives us Happy Fisherman!
The water may be dirty on the Snake, however the fishing is just getting started on the Henry’s Fork. There has been some great reports from over the hill, that the Salmon flies are starting to show. This is a very popular hatch so a lot of fisherman usually comes with just a few salmon flies. Expect this warmer weather to bring them out heavy in numbers, and enjoy this once a year hatch. We have some great Salmon fly patterns here at the shop if you need help matching the hatch.
Palisades dam is releasing there water at a steady 10400cfs. However the upper river is not too off color, and has been fishing decent with nymphs, and streamers. I would expect for the South Fork of the Snake to start turning a little off color, as tributaries are in full snow melt force, which tends to bring dirtier water to the system.
We are now on our up swing towards fishing season. Our well needed warm weather this passed weekend is certainly kick starting our run off . The Snow line on the mountains seems to be getting higher everyday. We are lucky to have so much moisture this summer, and I know I am personally excited for what a good season this summers fishing will be. Its only a matter of time now!
Go get em