September 9th, 2018
Stop on by the store and we'll get you set up with the flies and lures that'll catch you fish!
Fishing on the Snake River is really starting to turn on, although I wouldn't rush out to fish until about 10am or so when the temps warm-up and the terrestrials start waking up.
Water levels are dropping and the cutty's are in feeding mode, especially in the afternoons. As is always the case on the Snake in summertime, you can't go wrong fishing chernobyl and other larger foam dry flies. There are plenty of hoppers around in all sizes and colors and there are still stones coming off in the evenings. Stimulators in olive, orange and yellow, Circus Peanuts, Chubby Chernobyls, Double Deckers in olive, purple and orange and Perry's Bugmeisters, Madam Sex's and Tarantulas are all very good patterns for the Snake. If you prefer to fish smaller flies then you should carry Adams, PMD's, BWO's, Mahogany Duns and caddis (especially brown and olive), beetles, ants and a few different mayfly patterns.
If you like to fish with nymphs, have at it! You're always better off fishing nymphs with a dry/dropper set-up. I'd use a big foam pattern as your indicator and try rubber legs, copper John's, Flashback Pheasant tails or even zebra midges in olive or red. You might have to adjust the depth of the dropper based on the water you are fishing.
The best action for dries at this time of the year is going to be between about 10am-6pm., after that, action might slow down a bit. In that case I like to start chucking meat. Although I find that few fly fishermen who come to visit this part of the country fish streamers and scuplins, I'd highly suggest taking it up as part of your repertoire. It is a bit of a learning curve chucking these larger, heavier flies, but once you figure it out it can become addicting. Big flies...big fish!! Peanut Envy's, Sex Dungeons and Double Bunnies are just a few of my favorite streamers to strip. Vary your retrieve until you figure out what speed they like, sometimes they like it sllllooowww and at other times you can't strip in fast enough for their liking. Vary the retrieve...I also fish a lot of sculpins, especially Sparkle Sculpins. I usually chuck these guys slightly upstream and try and get them bouncing along the bottom (I do not strip these flies). Typically I'll get my bumps once the sculpins are in full swing mode and just a side note, you might want to size-down on your tippet (meaning go heavier).
For a more detailed selection of flies, feel free to stop by the store.