On January 8th the area saw some very above normal temperatures, so Randy, Tom and Brian took advantage of the situation and headed for the South
Fork for a day away from the tying bench. The thermometer read 45 degrees when the boat hit the water and it made for a very comfortable day on the river.
The boys floated the lower end of the river from Twin Bridges to Lorenzo. River access was quite difficult and almost impossible. All the boat ramps are covered with snow and nearly impassable. The trick was to find an alternative location to access the river.
With that out of the way the boys were off and fishing. For an early season trip it was quite successfully. The only flies fished were streamers and the fish were sure on them. Trading off rowing duties every two fish landed the boat looked a little like a game of musical chairs.
By the end of the day the guys had each traded seats 19 times. If you do the math, that is 38 fish per fisherman and 114 fish for the boat! Fishing started at 10:30 am and we finished fishing at 4:30. With a half an hour lunch break that makes 5 and 1/2 hours of fishing which comes out to over 20 fish per hour.
That is great fishing. This is the kind of fishing that the South Fork offers. There is no other river in the world that can boast the kind of consistent fly fishing that this beautiful river can.
If you are looking for that great secret river that has fishing like existed 100 years ago, look no further. The South Fork of the Snake is the river of rivers.