Cancel Search
  • Search by

    Snake River, South Fork

    Swan Valley, Idaho

    Snake River, South Fork

    Snake River, South Fork Professional Guide

    Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

    "The South Fork of the Snake River, all 60 miles of it, is one of the great river systems in the state of Idaho. Starting in Wyoming, the South Fork’s fertile and rowdy waters produce huge fish. Fly fishers can cast to some of the largest cutthroat and brown trout in Idaho. The state record brown (some 35 pounds) was taken from these waters. Most of the great fly fishing is in two sections: From Palisades Dam 10 miles downstream to Swan Valley Bridge and from Swan Valley Bridge to Black Canyon or Table Rock.

    The former section has easier access, is a shorter float, and hence, is the more popular. The lower section is just as good but more remote. This river is very popular, and you had better be prepared to share the water with other people and boats during the peak season. The South Fork is big water, and although it can be waded in most Types of Fish: Cutthroats, German browns, some rainbows, a few mackinaws that sneak in from the reservoir, and mountain whitefish. This trail guide covers the “where, when, and how: to fish in this region. You’ll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."

    Share photos of Snake River, South Fork Trail
    Start your trip report for Snake River, South Fork Trail
    Attach photos from your trip.
    Please Select a star rating.

    Trail Information

    Swan Valley
    Nearby City
    Trail Guides

    Fly Fishing Idaho

    Several options
    Trail Type
    Best January-March & October-December; Fair June-September
    Season & Limits

    Trail Log