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South Fork 8-16-14

A quick note to say that the flow out of Palisades Dam was dropped from 10300 cfs to 10200 cfs two days ago. This small adjustment will not impact fishing.  But as Jimmy said recently, expect more flow reductions coming up out of the dam. Some will be significant, others like this one not important with respect to fishing action

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South Fork 8-15-14

The South Fork continues to fish very well. We have benefited from cool water temperatures and some great overcast weather and rain showers. The flow dropped another 1,000 cfs earlier this week bringing the river down to 10,300 cfs at Irwin. We should continue to see additional drops in the flow as irrigation demand goes down.

Each drop in the water exposes more cobble and causes the wingless golden stone to emerge. The decreases are also making the riffles more defined and creating more riffles. We are seeing good hatches of pink pale morning duns during the day and caddis in close to dark.

The lower river below Byington has been productive with big hopper and chernobyl patterns. The riffle fishing has been good to which is probably due again to the cooler temperatures this summer. The morning water temps at Lorenzo have been cooler(58 degrees) than the upper river at (60 degrees).

We have been having good success fishing a pair of dry flies in the riffles even before the hatch starts. Try a #14 or 16  parachute trailed by a thorax pale morning dun, thorax pink albert or a parachute pmd spinner. Once the hatch starts and the fish start rising to the actual bugs be ready to change patterns from duns to emergers to nymphs and then maybe back to a dun.

In addition to caddis in the evening fish a #6-10 gold or purple bodied chernobyl against the bank and over the drop offs.

 

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South Fork 8-12-14

Right at midnight flow out of Palisades Dam was dropped from 11600 cfs to to 10300 cfs. Water temp there is currently 60 deg. F. Give the system a day or two for fish to equilibrate, and the really good fishing will resume.   This is a step-down we must expect this time of the agricultural season, but in the direction of more choices for wading.  We still have a good flow for float fishing.   Look for good riffle fishing from pink alberts and PMDs, hit the banks with big dries because hoppers are plentiful, and do not overlook the big caddisflies emerging near evening.

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South Fork 8-9-14

Flow out of Palisades Dam was dropped to 11600 cfs yesterday. Give the fish a day or two to equilibrate, and the great riffle fishing  should resume. Also consider that this drop will make a more places suitable for walk-in wade fishing.

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South Fork 8-6-14

Riffle fishing on the South Fork is about as good as it gets, especially on the upper river.  The flow out of Palisades Dam has been a bit over 13000 cfs with water temperatures in the high 50s in deg. F. for weeks. This is the kind of stability that results in consistent insect activity needed for great fishing. Pink alberts and the remaining PMDs are the reasons. Begin in the AM with nymphs, switch to your favorite emerger pattern as the day advances and you see increased rises. Some folks prefer to stick with their favorite emerger pattern, but others later on switch to a dun pattern for the surface.  Fishing the banks is also a good strategy. Hoppers are out and sure to increase, so your favorite pattern should be in that fly box.

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South Fork 07-29-14

Overall fishing  the South Fork  has been good. There have been a couple of days where it has been slow but the cooler water temperatures this July has made the fishing better than recent summers.

Most days there is some good activity in the riffles with pale morning duns, both olive/yellow and pink. When fishing the riffles your best success will come by constantly changing your patterns from high silhouette duns to emergers and then maybe a nymph suspended in the surface film.  Drift purple or gold bodied chernobyl stones against the slower grassy banks and over the riffle drop offs. There are some big hoppers out on the lower river below Byington and down to Menan. We are starting to see some golden(mutant) stone casings  along the shore but we need to see some drops in the river flow to really get those bugs emerging.  If you stay on the river late there has been a good caddis hatch.  Finally we have still been relying on a brown rubber leg/small tungsten nymph combination when nothing is going on topside.

The next two to three days we are suppose to have some good cloud cover and that usually makes for better fishing. Good luck!

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South Fork 7-19-14

No big change since our 7/14 report.  Flows are stable (13200 cfs at dam, 13700 at Heise) with water temps in the mid 50s coming out of the dam.  The upper river offers the best fishing.  A few golden stones remain.Try PMD and pink albert life cycle patterns in the riffles. Timing is nymphs early, then emergers as the day progresses, on to duns if you see fish taking on the surface.  Afternoon caddis activity can bring fish up. Terrestrial patterns will be important soon. Try your favorite streamer pattern early in the morning, and around sunset. And remember that for all your dry patterns, presentation and ability to see them on the surface trumps choice.

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South Fork 07-14-14

Fishing on the lower South Fork from the lower canyon downstream has slowed down a lot from last week. The best fishing is in the upper river from the dam through the canyon and that is where most folks are targeting until fishing improves on the lower river.

If you do venture out on the lower river look for nymphing to be your best method. We should start to see the mutant golden stones appear first on the  river below byington which should makes thing better for that stretch.

 

 

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South Fork 7-07-14

First off, the South Fork is fishing great all throughout the river. The salmon flies are now all the way up to the Palisades Dam, but they are still in the canyon.  When fishing the big bugs, I would stop on a gravel bar and fish the structures like log jams, big boulders, and troughs. Along with the big bugs are PMDs, Yellow Sallies, and a big Caddis towards night.  If there is an overcast day, I would not be afraid to try a streamer. Therefore the selection of flies I would have, goes as such:

Trout Flies:

Super Chernobyl Golden Yellow (size 8 & 10)

CFO Pink Ant (size 8)

Improved Sofa Pillow (size 4)

Rollin Stone (size 4)

Small Dries:

Pink Comparadun (size 16 & 18)

Pink Albert CDC Biot Emerger (size 16 & 18)

Kyle’s Yellow Sally (size 12 & 14)

Goddard Caddis (size 14)

Nymphs:

Bennet’s Seal Rubber Legs (size 6 & 8)

Beadhead Crystal Pheasant Tail (size 14 & 16)

Red Copper John (size 14 & 16)

Streamers:

Gallop’s Olive or White Sex Dungen (size 2)

Coffey’s Sparkle Minnow Sculpin (size 6)

Stenersen’s Lite Brite Minnow Rainbow (size 4)

 

 

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South Fork 7-3-14

There is no significant change from earlier in the week with the types of insects and fly patterns. The fishing is very good and we are in the beginning of that time period on the south fork that everyone looks forward to. For those interested in the big stoneflies, they are out in good numbers above Cottonwood. Again we want to emphasize that there are many types of bugs out and you’ll find fish in different parts of the river eating different insects. Below is a list of flies that we will use for the next couple of weeks.

Big Stoneflies:

Rogue Foam Stone #4 and 6

Brett’s Stone #4 and 6

Improved Sofa Pillow #4 and 6

Golden Stoneflies:

CFO Golden Stone #8

Rollin’ Stone #10

Chubby Chernobyl  (purple and tan) #8 and 10

Yellow Sally Stones:

CFO Yellow Sally-X #12 and 14

Kyle’s Yellow Sally #12 and 14

 

 

 

Mayflies:

Pale Morning Dun Thorax Dun #16

Harrop’s PMD Cripple #16 and 18

William’s CDC Pale Morning Dun #16

Harrops Pale Morning Dun Nymph #16

 

 

 

Other:

Super-X  #4

Sculpzilla (streamer) #4 and 8

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