Fly Fishing The South Fork of the Snake River
The Lodge at Palisades Creek is located a few miles beneath Palisades Dam on the South Fork of the Snake River in Swan Valley, Idaho. The South Fork is hands-down one of the finest dry fly fishing rivers in North America – or for that matter anywhere on the planet. The river sees prolific hatches of caddis, mayflies, stoneflies, and midges throughout the season. And with 5,200 trout per mile, and a daily size average of Yellowstone cutthroat, rainbows, and brown trout in the 14 to 18 inch range, the South Fork of the Snake should be on every serious fly angler’s must-see list. The Lodge at Palisades Creek is Yellow Dog’s first choice for fishing on the South Fork. A beautiful facility that is perfect for groups, couples, and families, the Lodge also offers great non-angling options as well as good fishing within walking distance of the Lodge. Options include the South Fork, Palisades Creek, and also a private “spring pond” on property that is absolutely loaded with trout and insects.
The Lodge at Palisades Creek sits on 22 acres of riverfront property on the South Fork River at the confluence of Palisades Creek. The Lodge has a variety of lodging options.
South Fork House
This is the premier rental on the property. This A-frame has two bedrooms, two baths and an incredible deck that sits twenty feet above the river. The master bedroom and well-appointed sitting area are right next to Palisades Creek and have private access to a full master bath. A winding wooden staircase leads to a second bedroom and full bath. Additional space for kids can be made with a roll-away bed.
Open Floor Plan Cabins
The riverside Open Floor Plan Cabins offer a bit more “stretching room.” These studio-style cabins are nice for couples or close friends. The cabins can be set up with two twin beds or one king size bed. There is a private bathroom in each. All cabins have an outdoor sitting deck with chairs and a table.
Two Room Floor Plan Cabins
These riverside cabins are a bit more confined, but offer more privacy than the open floor plan cabins. There is a bedroom with two twin beds or a King bed, private bath, and a separate lounge area with a couch and chairs at the entrance of the cabin. The Two Room Cabins also have a comfortable outdoor sitting deck with furniture and parking.
Duplex Cabin (Jane’s)
This unit is actually two in one: Jane A and Jane B. With a door separating the two rooms, this is a great unit for families. Each unit has it’s own private bathroom. Jane A is set with two twin beds. The bed frames dictate they remain that way, as does the queen-size bed in Jane B. A spacious outdoor deck and close proximity to the casting pond make this a favorite for the kids!
Food and Beverages
The Lodge at Palisades Creek serves delicious “Wild West” inspired gourmet dinners created by the in-house chef. Fish and steak entrées are accompanied by organically-grown local vegetables and fruits, desserts and hearty wines. Breakfasts are served in the “Cowboy Bar” – a refurbished antique diner. Picnic lunches are prepared and sent with guides in individual coolers for the day of fishing or hiking. Dinners are prepared by the chef nightly and served in the dining room or the Lodge’s “Liar’s Den.” The “open bar” offers a wide range of excellent wines, scotches, whiskeys, gins and vodkas.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
For most of the summer an incredible variety of wildlife, waterfowl, songbirds, and raptors are present in the immediate vicinity of the lodge. The Snake River ecosystem is formed by deep canyons, pounding waterfalls, islands and flood plains, all framed by carpets of wildflowers and sprawling cottonwood forests. In addition to a fish population estimated at 5,200 per mile, local wildlife includes moose, bison, elk, whitetail deer, cougar, bobcat, black bear, river otter and mink. The Lodge is happy to arrange a variety of non-angling activities to compliment your stay. Horseback riding, white water rafting, and tours in nearby Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park are just a few of the options available.
Internet / Communications
Internet access is available at the Lodge. Most cell phones work in Swan Valley, although coverage can be spotty.
How To Get There
The closest major airport to the lodge is the Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA) which is about 1 hour away. The other nearby options is the Jackson, Wyoming (JAC) airport. Both airports usually require a connection in Salt Lake City (SLC). Rental cars are available at both airports, or Yellow Dog will be happy to arrange a shuttle to drive you to and from the Lodge.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
A shuttle service is available, but many visitors prefer to rent a car allowing for a scenic trip to Jackson or even Yellowstone National Park. You can arrive and depart the lodge on any day of the week at any time.
An Idaho Fishing License is required for anyone age 14 years and older. Your license is included in your package rate. However, you will need to present a valid driver’s license or state ID to obtain a fishing license.
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Fly fishing the South Fork of the Snake River ranks among the best trout fishing experiences on earth. The river is full of native Yellowstone cutthroat, rainbow, hybrids (cut-bows) and brown trout. While anglers commonly catch fish over 20 inches, most fish fall in the 15 to 17-inch range. The Lodge utilizes a solid group of experienced, seasoned fishing guides whom have the highest level of knowledge of the South Fork. Further, the Lodge demands the highest level of professionalism from their guides on and off the river to ensure your experience is always positive.
The South fork starts fishing well early in the spring, mostly nymphing with some dry fly fishing in late April until the runoff begins. The runoff is usually winding down by the third week of June. Anglers are typically fishing dry fly flies by the end of June. Fall offers great dry fly and streamer fishing. The Lodge has five different sections of the South Fork available for guided fishing trips. These sections cover a total of 55 miles of the South Fork and include some of the best trout waters in the country.
Boats and Equipment
Float fishing on area rivers is done via McKenzie-style drift boats designed specifically for fly fishing. The Lodge has a complete fly shop with rods, reels, flies, waders and boots as well as sunglasses, sun block, bug spray and any clothing you might need.
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge.
2019 Pricing (based on double occupancy)
3 nights / 2 days = $2,040.00 per person
4 nights / 3 days = $2,822.50 per person
5 nights / 4 days = $3,605.00 per person
6 nights / 5 days = $4,387.50 per person
– Guided fishing
– All meals (cooler lunch while fishing)
– All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at the lodge
– Guide pick up & drop off on each day of fishing
– River shuttle fees for guide’s vehicle
– Rods/reels, flies, and tackle provided by the guide
– Transportation to and from the lodge (can be arranged at an additional cost)
– Fishing licenses
– Wader and wading boots
– Gratuities for lodge staff
– Gratuities for guides
– Taxes (will be added to invoice upon booking)