Flows got bumped again his weekend to 10,000 cfs. Looks like they did it around noon on Friday. So things should have calmed down by now as far as fishing goes. You will want to fish deep. 9-10 feet from your indicator to your first fly. I would also fish with really heavy flies. Stonefly nymphs, and larger bead head nymphs that are bright and noticeable in the off color water. Look for fish to be in the slow water and they will be on the bottom. Also look for fish looking for some relief from the higher flows in the side channels and eddy’s.
Water quality is still good on the Henry’s Fork. The Fall River is putting a little color into the river below Chester Dam but it is not enough to worry about. Midges have still been hatching in good numbers, not a lot of activity with Blue Wing Olives. BWO’s should be hatching in large numbers any day now. Nymphing and streamer fishing between the dry fly hatches have also been producing fish.
The river took a big jump last night in terms of flows. The Current flows on the river at Irwin is now 7,000 cfs. Most of the wading possibilities that we have during the winter time with the low flows is now over. You can still find spots to wade fishing on the South Fork but it will be limited. We will keep you updated on the flows as they change. Refer to yesterdays post about fishing techniques.
Flows have been decreased on the South Fork. Currently the flows out of Irwin are at 4,400 cfs. We will see increases this month as room is needed in Palisades Reservoir. We don’t expect a crazy water year but that can change quickly. As flows and fishing conditions change we will keep you all updated. Feel free to call the shop for the most recent update.
Not much has changed as far as fishing goes right now. Nymphing is still the most effective technique for hooking fish. Good midge hatches have been reported with moderate feeding on the surface. Depending on how much water we receive we could potentially see a good Caddis and Blue Wing Olive hatch later this month. Be sure to check back as this month progresses