The Snake River
The Snake River
Southern Idaho boasts two other exciting fisheries that are not well known. The Snake River runs through southern Idaho and offers great fly fishing for carp, smallmouth and largemouth bass.
Bass Fishing — Swan Falls Dam on the Snake River is 45 minutes south of Boise. The river below the dam is home to healthy populations of smallmouth bass, channel catfish, carp, crappie, and the occasional rainbow trout. Bass are the usual targets and are easily fooled with most streamer-type patterns such as woolly buggers and zonkers. Double digit catches of smallmouth in a summer evening are not uncommon, with an occasional rainbow or channel catfish keeping things interesting. Fishing is primarily from the bank or by wading nearshore flats.
Flats Fishing for Carp — Many consider carp the bonefish of the desert west. The fish are spooky, large, and forage in schools along nearshore flats, where they are accessible to the wading angler. Runs are long and will take you well into your backing. Fishing is done by stalking the flats looking for tailing fish and sight casting small streamers and nymphs. If you are tired of measuring fish in inches, join us for some carp fishing, where the fish are measured in pounds!
Non-fisherman can enjoy the rugged beauty of this area with its breathtaking overlooks along the canyon rim and numerous great hiking trails along the sheer rock faces below the canyon walls. Bird-watchers will marvel at sightings of Prairie and Peregrine Falcons, Merlins, various hawks, Golden and Bald Eagles, and several species of owls.
A NOTE ABOUT RETRIEVE: Reels are designated as either left and or right hand retrieve, which simply refers to the hand used for reeling in line. Modern reels convert easily between right or left hand retrieve. However, it is important for an angler to designate how they want the reel set up before the backing and line are spooled onto the reel. Many right-handed casters use left hand retrieve on their reels so they don’t have to switch hands between casting and fighting a fish. Other anglers prefer to use their dominant hand for both casting and reeling, so they switch hands on the rod after a fish is hooked.