Last Friday on the Snake River, I tried something new – fly fishing in November. I typically quit fly fishing in September but the beautiful November weather motivated some end of season fishing. We fished on the Snake River below American Falls dam near Eagle Rock. The fishing was pretty slow and the water was really low. It is rare when you can walk across the Snake River without getting into water deeper than you ankles but Friday was one of those times. We did catch a couple of 14-15″ rainbows on minnow imitations and I lost a 20″+ rainbow trout on a brown freshwater shrimp.
This stretch of the Snake River had a stretch of lava rim rock waterfalls that spanned the entire river. Regretfully, with the water so low, only a few of the runs below the falls had enough water to hold any fish. There were some other fisherman so we were limited to fishing two one main run and few smaller ones. This was my first time fishing this part of the Snake River. I will have to go back and try some different spots.
Freshwater Shrimp – Brown – Size 14 – Orvis Oliver Edward’s Freshwater Shrimp, 14
Franke Shiner Minnow Imitation – Size 4 – Orvis Franke Shiner, 4
Currently reservoirs on the Upper Snake River are holding 76% of their capacity. So far this is the best news for water this coming year, but only for tailwater fishing. The storms over the last week have increased snow pack in Southeastern Idaho but we are still in need of significant snow over the next two months for normal water flow in rivers and streams.
Here’s the graph, which does not include any information on the Blackfoot Reservoir on the Blackfoot River: