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South Fork of the Snake River, Idaho

The South Fork of the legendary Snake River is a 64 mile tail water fishery in Eastern  Idaho that offers great fly fishing opportunities for cutthroat, browns and rainbow trout. This section of the Snake River is considered to be the most important fish and wildlife riparian habitat in the state. It has a high population ofSouth Fork of the Snake River canyon entrance trout per mile and it is one of the best fishing rivers in the lower 48 states.

The scenery, wildlife & bird viewing along the South Fork are spectacular. It is not uncommon on a day float to view bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and numerous songbirds as well as moose & deer grazing in the side channels -- or up close and personal as you float by in your fishing boat! The river has the largest cottonwood gallery in the West along its bottomlands. Photographic opportunities abound for the wildlife enthusiast and the fall colors on the South Fork are some of the best in West!

The South Fork is known for prolific insect hatches & terrestrials are abundant especially in the height of summer weather. Good spring and fall hatches of Blue Wing Olives dominate the shoulder months. This activity allows for good dry fly  fishing conditions most of the months of the season especially from July to October and if the fish are not up and eating on the surface then there are plenty of opportunities for nymph presentations & streamer fishing. The The South Fork has a prolific Salmon Fly hatchbest way to fish the South Fork is by drift boat as the access otherwise is difficult by foot. Using the boat as a means of transportation allows the angler to cover a lot of water, to fish to the banks from the boat, and also to get out and wade fish the numerous gravel bars & side channels.

The easiest travel routes to arrive the South Fork are from the airport of Idaho Falls, a drive of 30 minutes, and also from Jackson Hole Wyoming, a drive of one hour. There are various lodging accommodations available in the area of Swan Valley, just ask for our suggestions if booking a trip.

Guided Connections arranges fishing trips on the river with the best guides from Heise Expeditions, a  licensed  Idaho outfitter on the South Fork of the Snake River. Their guides are talented fishermen, excellent guides and patient instructors of fly fishing. Each has a passion for the sport and this is communicated to theirA South Fork brown trout fishing guests. Guided Connections believes that guides provide an experience that makes your fishing day a memorable & safe one, and that is what these guides will do. We have worked with Heise Expeditions for over 15 years and they do a top-notch job. We enjoy arranging fishing trips on the South Fork through them, and we can match you to their guide staff members to suit your expectations for a fun day of fishing. We take any doubts or hassles out of your trip planning. Heise has both male and female guides and their guide team is legendary like the river. Call us for availability. And we can let you know the status of your desired, but tentative dates immediately.

Options for Fishing the South Fork Daily Guided Fishing is available for $480 per day including Idaho tax for two person to each boat. Your full day of guided fishing will include instruction where needed, rods and reels if needed, a delicious picnic lunch, and plenty of beverages throughout the day. You will be picked up at a designated meeting point in Swan Valley and returned after your trip.

Not included: Your Idaho Fishing license and a tip to your guide. A 15% gratuity is customary with a tip to the guide for the day averaging $75 for a full day or more if you are inclined!!

Large native cutthroat trout taken on the South ForkOvernight Guided Trips are offered and will allow you to extend your South Fork fishing experience to make it two days of  fishing adding a super comfortable camping experience with all the amenities including a great dinner and hot breakfast the next morning. You'll fish the awesome canyon section of the South Fork and arrive to a private, secluded overnight camp, with tents, gear, comfortable beds, hot water and toilets (with a view!) already set up. This is a great way to spend two days fishing, and one night on this gorgeous section of river. Plan ahead so you can secure the canyon slots for the dates you wish, camp trips are not offered on Sundays.

Cost for two persons is $1,550 fishing 2 boat minimum or $1750 for 1 boat.

Not included : Idaho Fishing License and tips to the guide including your personal camp cook or any assisting staff members.

Things to Know

The South Fork has several sections of river that average 10 miles in length that are commercially floatable on this 64 mile section of the Snake. This length of fishable water allows great variation for even a full week visit to the area. It is advisable to plan your desired dates well in advance as outfitters are allowed several slots on specific river sections each day & these spaces book up quickly.

Guides practice catch & release.

Equipment list & directions to be sent upon making a reservation.


The South Fork of the Snake is one of the West's premier dry fly cutthroat fisheries.
The Snake is also home to some nice browns and acrobatic rainbows.
TWO GUESTS - $480.00


Breakfast, two lunches and dinner

 TWO GUESTS - $1550.00


Plan your trip between October 15 and May 1 and take advantage of the price and the reduced fishing pressure.
There are still fish to be caught but it can get a tad bit cold (some days it can also be 70+ degrees ). You still will be floating
the South Fork of the Snake; one of the West's premier dry fly cutthroat fisheries with plenty of nice browns and acrobatic
rainbows just itching to be caught.
TWO GUESTS - $ 380.00


Booking in advance recommended.  A 50% deposit is required to confirm your reservation.
Deposits refundable minus a service charge of $50, with 30-day written notification.


Patty Reilly's
Guided Connections
PO Box 694
Wilson, WY 83014

Phone: 307-734-2448


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