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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / South Fork (Page 18)

South Fork 9-17-13

Flow out of Palisades Dam was dropped to 6000 cfs Sunday. That’s heading in the expected direction and reinforces our suggestion that walk-in wade fishing is becoming more practical. Get in touch with us for location suggestions. With the cool, cloudy weather we have been experiencing and diminishing hours of sunlight, look for BWOs to make a significant appearance to be followed by that of mahogany duns. Now begins the time of year on the South Fork to reserve a place in your fly box for streamer patterns to be used early, late, and under low light conditions.

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South Fork 9-10-13

Earlier today flow out of Palisades Dam dropped to 6700 cfs. That’s a 500 cfs drop with more to come. This is good news for walk in wade fishing. Water out of the dam is still on the warm side at 63 deg. F. , but days are getting much shorter and cooling off , so the river below will begin cooling as a result.

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South Fork 9-7-13

Three days ago flow out of Palisades Dam was dropped to 7080 cfs.  Expect more drops in flow out of Palisades Dam to come with the reservoir at 8% of useable capacity.  With dropping flows, walk in-wading will have a lot more opportunities. Come visit us or get in touch for suggestions on locations to target. One Fly Contest is going on today, making for only six boats per section, including the South Fork. Six more boats is only a blip in the variation of daily South Fork boats. With recent cloudy weather a few BWOs could begin to show up in this year of uncertain hatches.  Allow about two more weeks for BWOs and mahogany duns to show in significant numbers.  For now look for mutant stone activity to provide some action.

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South Fork 9-4-13

Just a quick heads up for everybody, the river is now flowing at 7,550 cfs. Look for the Mutant stone fishing to improve with each of these small drops in cfs. Also today 9/4/13 the river is running very dirty from Hiese down to Menan, the tremendous rain/thunderstorms we have had lately have caused some run-off from farms in the area. The river above Hiese has not been affected and is still fishing well.

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South Fork 8-31-12

Flow out of Palisades Dam is down to 8000 cfs with a water temperature of 64 deg. F.  The recent drops in flow have been small, but they add up.  Best strategy remains fish early, fish late.”  Hopper patterns and chenobyl types trailed by your favorite bead head pattern seem to work best with most strikes coming to the dropper.  Evening caddis hatches bring some action and streamers fished early and late can do the same.  With streamers location is more important than pattern.  Sounds a bit like a broken record, but changes are on the horizon as we move through September.

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South Fork 8-27-13

Flow out of Palisades Dam is going down at a slow rate so far.  But reservoir above is not far from 10% of capacity with inflow about half of outflow.  So the flow out of the dam is certain to go down more quickly soon as irrigation season winds down and storage season begins.  Jimmy floated from Cottonwood to Byington yesterday with good results pitching a chernobyl ant trailed with bead head.  A few mutant stones were around, and the partly cloudy conditions helped bring good action.

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South Fork 8-26-13

The South Fork is still chugging along through the dog days of summer. The river is right around 9,000 cfs coming out of the dam and is still fishing pretty decent for those willing to work for their fish. Fishing early in the morning and then again late in the evening has been producing best. Try throwing mutant stone patterns against the banks early and add a dropper or switch to nymphing as the day progresses. Streamer fishing has been okay with the best fishing on overcast days or early in the morning. Towards the evening try fishing with caddis emergers. If you have any other questions please contact us at the shop!

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South Fork 8-14-13

Flow out of Palisades Dam is now just under 9300 cfs. It will drop more soon. Nymphing is best fishing strategy. Try a two-fly rig: rubber legs with a bead head of choice dropper. Fish early; sunrise to 11AM. Fish late; 4PM to twilight.  Consider trying streamers around twilight.

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South Fork 8-10-13

Flow out of Palisades Reservoir has been stable (about 9800 cfs) for at least a week, but water temp at the dam is 65 deg. F. That’s a bit high for best fishing and it shows during day time where riffle fishing could be better. Early in the day is best with mutant stones beginning to show and some PMD spinners showing up. During day time hours consider trying  side channels.   Many of these are not disturbed by boat traffic, and they are bordered by grass and other overhanging cover.  That makes for good hopper habitat, and even during bright daytime can offer some good fishing.

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South Fork 7-31-13

Flow out of Palisades Dam dropped to 11000 yesterday.  Water temperature just below the dam is 65 deg. F.  That’s getting a bit high for the best fishing, especially because we can expect further decreases in flow.  Palisades Reservoir is down to 28% capacity. Early in the day fish chernobyl types because mutant stoneflies are coming on. By late morning go to rubber legs trailed by your favorite small nymph pattern.  During evenings a good caddis hatch is on-going,  making for the best dry fly fishing these days.

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