The flow out of Palisades Dam has been just about stable for a long time now. The river is high for the time of year impacting riffle fishing. Other factors such as the warm summer (water coming out of Palisades Reservoir is around 64 deg. F. now) and the fact that hatches have off years too are involved. Nevertheless, you can find good fishing on the river by being an early bird. It means getting on the river at sunrise, about 6:30 PM, but bringing those chernobyl types and favorite hopper patterns to slam the banks will bring action. Early before sun gets on the water is also a good time to try streamers, so your favorite versions should in your fly box.
On the personal side, Wes Newman’s ashes were placed in the river this weekend. He passed away July 24, 2011. For those who remember, Wes was a South Fork advocate the likes of which we will never see again with respect to knowledge, fishing ability, generosity, and personality. His “foam stone” and “super-X” remain among the most effective patterns created for this and any other river.