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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 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 the property that is absolutely loaded with trout and insects.

Accommodation Details

Lodging Details
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.

Private Cabins (Open Floor Plan & Two Room Floor Plan)
The “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. The “two-room floor plan” cabins are a bit smaller but offer more privacy than the open floor plan cabins. There is a bedroom with two twin beds or a king bed, a private bath, and a separate front lounge area with a couch and chairs. The two-room floor plan cabins also have a comfortable outdoor sitting deck with furniture.

The Duplex Cabin is actually two cabins in one – Jane A and Jane B. With a door separating the two rooms, this is a great unit for families. Each unit has its 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!

South Fork House
This A-frame has two bedrooms, two full baths, and an incredible deck that sits right 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.

On River Time Cabin
This is a 4 bedroom and 4 bath cabin – each bedroom has its own private bathroom, a lockable external door leading to the outside, and a lockable internal door that leads to a common lounge area in the middle of the cabin. The cabin has expansive decks in the front and back, which make it great for an evening cocktail before dinner. The back deck overlooks the lodge’s private pond. It is also the closest to the fly shop and “Liar’s Den” social room for early morning and late-night convenience. This is a great choice for families and guests who are familiar with each other.

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. A variety of non-angling activities can also be found in the area – 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.

Travel Details

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 option 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.

Documents Required
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.

Travel Arrangements
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General Information
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 who have the highest level of knowledge of the South Fork. Further, the Lodge demands the highest level of professionalism from its 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, sunblock, bug spray, and any clothing you might need.

Rates and Terms

Package Rates
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.

2023 Pricing (based on double occupancy)
3 nights / 2 days = $3,225.00 per person

4 nights / 3 days = $4,425.00 per person
5 nights / 4 days = $5,625.00 per person
6 nights / 5 days = $6,825.00 per person

What’s Included:

  • Lodging
  • 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
  • Wader and wading boots

What’s Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Transportation to and from the lodge (can be arranged at an additional cost)
  • Fishing licenses
  • Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
  • Taxes (will be added to invoice upon booking)

Lodge at Palisades Creek (Swan Valley, Idaho)
A deposit of 50% per person is due at the time of booking for all trip packages and reservations, and final payment if due 90 days prior to arrival. All trip cancellations must be received in writing, sent to Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. For all cancellations outside of 45 days of scheduled arrival at the lodge, a full refund or a trip credit (minus a $100.00 per person Yellow Dog cancellation fee) will be issued. For cancellations inside of 45 days, deposits and final payments will be forfeited, and no refund or credit will be issued. If a cancelled package is resold by either the lodge or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be sent minus a $100.00 per person Yellow Dog cancellation fee. In the case of cancellation by the client, both deposit and final payment may be transferred to another guest or angler for those same (original) dates if facilitated and arranged by the client. Please note that late arrivals and/or early departures are liable for the full amount of the original booking. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages. Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for this trip.


Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
In order to lock in your trip reservation, we ask that you please remit payment at the time of receipt of invoice. For your convenience, Yellow Dog accepts on-line payments via a direct and secure ACH platform – a quick and easy way to complete your trip reservation. Note that all Yellow Dog invoices include a live link that takes you directly to the Yellow Dog ACH platform for fast and easy payment. For open and existing invoices with a remaining balance, payment reminders also include this easy link to the ACH page.

Other customary forms of payment that are accepted are checks or wire transfers. If you would like to pay in a different way or have any questions about alternate payment methods, please contact Yellow Dog at (888) 777-5060 or (406) 585-8667. We are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 3% convenience fee for all credit card transactions.

Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Standard Forms For Payment

  • ACH online payments (for US banking institutions only).
  • Traditional checks (sent via mail)
  • Electronic wire payments (client is responsible for any wiring fees)

*Please contact us if you prefer or require a different payment option. Convenience fees may apply for other payment methods.

**Please be aware that the ACH platform is only available for US financial institutions and bank accounts. International payments can be made via wire or with a credit card.

Yellow Dog Customer Reviews

“Great trip & well worth the wait. I had never been to Idaho, and I was struck by the friendliness of the people and the natural beauty of the state. I had read that the South Fork of the Snake River was loaded with trout, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that everything I’d heard was absolutely true.” – Frank C. 
“Every single member of staff at Palisades Creek was incredibly friendly, welcoming and accommodating and flexible to me and my family’s needs. It was an extraordinarily relaxing place to spend several days and the fishing was top notch. My 3 days there were definitely my best days of trout fishing on any river anywhere in my life.” – Brian G. 


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