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South Fork 10-8-19

Low water flow ( 3250 cfs at Irwin, 1660 cfs at Lorenzo) may be a “god send” for walk-in wade fishing, but it makes for perilous boat fishing in certain locations on the river.  From Heise on downstream there are dangers where trees once underwater are now above and channels once passable are no longer that way. For example the river left in the Archer area has both these dangers. See our Facebook page for more details on dangers in this area, or get in touch at the shop.   Nevertheless, hatches are holding up, and streamer fishing is improving.  The upcoming weather may bring on  “ice in your guides” periods, but better days will follow.

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South Fork 10-5-19

Flow out of Palisades Reservoir was dropped from about 4000 cfs to 3250 cfs (now 4260 cfs at Heise, 1600 cfs at Lorenzo) on October 1st. Hatches are holding up and streamers are increasingly effective during low light conditions.  Walk-in wade locations are numerous, and we can suggest some of the best to try.  So get in touch if you are considering trying some.

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South Fork 10-1-19

Flow out of Palisades Reservoir  has been steady at about 4000 cfs for a week.  Good BWO activity and flow stability has kept fishing success up. Fall colors are  making for beautiful scenery.  October also brings notice that streamer fishing will be increasingly successful as brown trout migrate to spawning areas from Palisades Dam down through the length of the river.

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South Fork 9-28-19

Trout responding to BWO activity on one end on fly fly type spectrum and that of larger trout hitting streamers on the other end is sure to provide good fishing on this cool and stormy day!

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South Fork 9-24-19

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Flow out of Palisades Dam was dropped from just under 5000 cfs to 3940 cfs ( down to 4930 cfs at Heise, to 2070 cfs at Lorenzo) last night.  This drop opens up even more wading opportunities along the river.   With unsettled weather coming in a few days, there are more walk-in wade locations to enjoy fish responding to the current BWO activity.

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South Fork 9-21-19

As predicted; it is “blue wing olive weather” along the river. Flow has been steady for about five days now making for good fishing if you do not mind the cool weather.  It appears from the information we receive at the shop the lower river seems to offer the best in consistent fishing.

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South Fork 9-17-19

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Flow out of Palisades Dam was lowered yesterday to 4940 cfs ( flow at Heise now 5860  cfs, flow at Lorenzo now 3100 cfs).  That action makes for more wading locations than possible at normal mean flow of 6750 cfs for this date.  We can can suggest some of the best of the now numerous wading locations.  Call or email the shop ([email protected], 208-524-7160). If weather forecasts are correct, the rest of this week looks like “BWO weather.”

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South Fork 9-14-19

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Once again the South Fork flow graph for this week looks like a step function. Flow out of Palisades Reservoir was reduced yesterday to 5600 cfs ( now  6400 cfs at Heise, 3870 cfs at Lorenzo) from around 9000 cfs with several smaller drops throughout this week.  Flow at this level will open up a lot more wading opportunities but make boating a bit tougher.  Next week looks stormy, so look for continued good BWO and mahogany activity.

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South Fork 9-10-19

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Over the last two days flow out of Palisades Dam has been dropped sequentially to the current 7900 cfs. (now 4900 cfs at Lorenzo).  This will not impact the BWO-mahogany dun activity.   The currently cool weather is just the ticket to keep this activity going, but will slow hopper and other terrestrial insects fish like down to a crawl (literally!).  Now that irrigation season is ending, look for more drops coming in flow out of Palisades Dam.

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South Fork 9-7-19

 

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The predicted change in weather to stormier conditions  this coming week is sure to bring on the late season BWO and mahogany dun mayfly activity. Consider stocking up on life cycle patterns for these two insects as they will help continue the great top water fishing we have had this year on the river.

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