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South Fork, June 6th, 2020

 

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The river below the Palisades Dam is roaring because the flow has been raised to just under 20,000 cfs (about the same at Heise and near 14000 cfs at Lorenzo).  Tributaries to the the reservoir above are in run-off modes and discolor its upper end.  This is all from run-off in progress after a higher than normal snowfall winter.  Therefore expect high flows in the river below the dam for a while yet. Try streamer and rubber leg patterns DEEP in slowest water.

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South Fork June 5th, 2020

Flows on the South Fork jumped up to 20,000 cfs today. At these flows your only real option is nymphing with big indicator rigs. There are much better options in the region right now to fish though, give us a call and we can get you squared away. If you are dead set on fishing the South Fork, be extremely careful!

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South Fork, June 2nd, 2020

Flow out of Palisades Dam was increased to 14900 cfs last night.  This change will impact riffle fishing more than doing the same in other features of the river. So look for a decrease in BWO activity along the river.

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South Fork May 28th, 2020

Flows on the South Fork were bumped recently from 11,000 to 13,800. Fishing has been very good on the river both with nymphs and streamers. Recently blue winged olive hatches have brought fish up when conditions are right. We get a lot of questions about the water clarity this time of year and even though the water is typically “green” because of snow melt up high, it is very fishable! Give us a call at the shop or stop by next time you are around and we can get you squared away.

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South Fork, May 9th, 2020

Since May 5th flow out of Palisades Dam has been stepped up from 14000 cfs to 15400 cfs. This 10% increase should not impact fishing especially because the river remains clear but cold.  Palisades Reservoir is about 65% of capacity with a lot more run-off to come.

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South Fork May 2, 2020

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Flow out of Palisades Dam has been steady at about 14000 cfs for about a week with Palisades Reservoir at about two-thirds of capacity.  Look for the country side to begin greening up, but no big changes in fishing conditions for now.

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South Fork, April 25th, 2020

Flow out of Palisades Dam has been  steady at around 13800 cfs for about a week (Now 16200 cfs at Heise, 10900 cfs at Lorenzo).  The river is flowing clear and cold for now.   Big nymphs, rubber legs, and streamers with midge life cycle patterns in calmer waters being a good choices for success. Palisades Reservoir is about 70 % full making room for certain upcoming run-off thanks to our warming days.

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South Fork, April 20th, 2020

Flow out of Palisades Dam was tweaked upward to 14000 cfs (now 16000 cfs at Heise, 11700 cfs at Lorenzo). Flow remains well within the range of that for summer, so keep the fishing strategy recommended for the river in our recent reports.

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South Fork, April 18, 2020

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Flow out of Palisades Dam was increased to 13500 cfs yesterday ( now 15500 cfs at Heise, 12200 cfs at Lorenzo).   These flows remain in the range of what is expected during summer, and all boat launch sites are open. Palisades Reservoir is now about 75% full to contain upcoming run-off.  The river has clear, cold water throughout making streamers and large nymph patterns (Bitch Creek, Montana nymph, etc) and rubber legs, best bets for successful fishing.  Try trailing a San Juan worm, squirmy wormy, or otter egg behind a big nymph or rubber legs.

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South Fork, April 14th, 2020

Over the last few days flow out of Palisades Dam was upped to 12200 cfs over the last few days (now 14400 cfs at Heise, 10500 at Lorenzo).  Don’t let this increase, which brings the river to near summer flow rates, stop you from presenting streamer and nymph patterns including rubber legs especially with the river remaining so clear.

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