Sept. sparks the beginning of wonderful things here in Idaho...especially along my hometown water..the South Fork of the Snake River which flows not 5 miles from my front door. The South Fork is known as the South Fork, only in Eastern Idaho. Above Palisades Res....and up into Wyoming, the same river is known as the Snake River. As per most Tailwaters, the SF, varies in fishing conditions, as during most of the Summer, the river flows high in support of irrigation. This runs from approx. April into Mid Sept. By Oct, the river is cut back to Winter flows....which puts a smile on my face as Oct through Mid April, is my favorite time to fish the river....except perhaps on the coldest days of Jan. Right now, we start into small dry fly season, beginning right now with about a #20 Mahogany Dun. Later, in Oct and Nov. we get into some excellent BWO action, starting with #18 patterns, then as the Fall cools off, they get smaller and smaller until they are as small as midges...say around #26. Then there are the midges...ah, the midges.
For most fly anglers, the SF is a Nymph/streamer river....which is true and holds a chance or two at catching a really big trout. I do a fair bit of such fishing, but with the exception of stripping streamers, I find the other method (strike indicators and weighted nymphs) , though quite productive to be boring as hell. I do it very little anymore. But, oh the micro dry flies on this river and the rods appropriate for such angling...really light up my happiness and the new Redington CT 8'6" 3wt is just about perfect....and I broke it in good this morning. For about 2 hours, the Mahogany Duns hatched and I hooked and landed 7 or 8 pretty Native Cutthroat Trout like the one in the photo below. True, Streamers and Nymphs will take bigger trout but trout such as this one...in the 14-16 inch range on tiny dry flies and a 3wt are a match made in heave...close enough to perfect.