South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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South Fork

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South Fork 10-26-13

Flow in the river has been stable for about a week, and fishing has been good.  After this weekend we are headed for a few days of not so nice weather, and that should make for better BWO activity. The same applies to success with streamers. Stormy weather with low light conditions is when browns tend to migrate during daytime hours, but early mornings and evenings will remain the best times to present streamers.   A few mahogany duns remain, so consider giving patterns for their life cycle a try.  Some hoppers also remain in sheltered grassy areas and banks.  Walk-in wade fishing is particularly good now, and the choice of places to try is best of the year by far. Come to the shop for a visit to discuss which location may be a best choice.


South Fork 10/21/2013

The South Fork is fishing very well right now. With the cooler temperatures the fish are very active and with the flows around 1880cfs, the river is very accessible. On overcast days the streamer fishing has been great. Patterns like the sculpzilla and Galloup’s Peanut Envy in black have been the most productive. On the overcast days, the Blue winged olives have been hatching and providing some great late season dry fly fishing. Various BWO patterns have been producing, come down to the shop and we can get you squared away with the patterns you will want to have. If you happen to get out on a sunny day, the nymph fishing has been really good with a small rubberlegs and dropper like a zebra midge, san juan worm, or egg pattern. Be sure you are getting your nymphs right along the bottom! Streamer fishing has been okay on the sunny days, but it usually doesn’t turn on until later in the afternoon.

This is a great time of year to fish the river! As always, if you need any help with access points, flies, etc…. give us a call or stop in at the shop and we will get you set up!


South Fork 10-14-13

Mark Thuesen tells us he found a camera lens on the South Fork. If you lost one call him: 208-761-9031 and describe the one you lost. FYI: flow out of Palisades Dam is at 1920 cfs. Look for more drops coming up.


South Fork 10-12-13

Flow out of Palisades Dam is 2250 cfs and will go lower.  So walk-in wade fishing becomes increasingly practical (we can help with choosing locations).  For the next few days when stormy weather is expected, BWO life cycle patterns will produce exceptionally well almost anywhere on the river.  Currently that is the case, so strongly consider a visit during this weather!  Better weather favors mahogany duns, but this is the time of year when streamers are most effective.  The wise fly-fisher will always carry them in somber shades such as olive and black and colorful ones from yellow, ranging into the UV end of the spectrum to purple.  Don’t over look streamers in white.   Low light conditions will be best time for presenting streamers of any color.


South Fork 10-5-13

Flow out of Palisades Dam is now at 3000 cfs. That makes for terrific wading conditions in the river below, and we can help pinpoint candidate locations when you get in touch or visit the shop. Lately the South Fork offers some of the best fishing of the year.  Another round of stormy weather is expected the end of next week, so get ready for some good BWO and mahogany dun activity then.  Be sure to have streamer patterns handy.  As a matter of inconvenience, Kelly Island Campground is closed because of the government shutdown.


South Fork 9-28-13

Mahogany duns and BWOs are making for some of the best top water fishing of the year here.  The weather is ideal for these mayflies to hatch, crowds are down, fall colors are coming on, and flow out of Palisades Dam has been hovering around 5000 cfs for a week making for great walk-in wading conditions.  All this adds up to a great time to visit this best of rivers.  Come in for a visit and to get information on some of the best locations .


South Fork 9-20-13

The flow has dropped twice in the past 24 hours and is down to 4910 cfs out of Palisades. These drops are inevitable this time of year as the irrigation demand reduces. Usually it takes a day for the fish to adjust. The water temperature is also dropping (from 64 on Tuesday to 60 this morning)which is very good news and we are starting to see good numbers of Mahogany Duns and Blue Wing Olives.

*On Sunday a rod and reel was left at the Twin Bridges ramp. It is a sage FLI and is personalized with the owners name (Jeff King). If you happened to find it please give Jeff a call at 208-206-3713.




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.


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.


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.