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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / South Fork (Page 4)

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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South Fork April 10th, 2020

 

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Flow out of Palisades Dam has been steady at around 10,000 cfs for several days. However flow out of the dam will be increased to 12,500 cfs later today. This action is making reservoir room (Palisades Reservoir is currently at 85% of capacity) for upcoming run-off and to meet downstream irrigation demands.  The increase will likely put a “temporary dent” in fishing success, so allow a couple of days for fish to adjust and a return being active.

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South Fork, April 7th, 2020

 

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Since April 1st flow out of Palisades Dam has been raised from around 5000 cfs to a bit over 10000 cfs ( now 12500 cfs at Heise, 7900 cfs at Lorenzo).   Palisades Reservoir has dropped to about 85% of capacity and certainly will drop further meaning more flow in the river below.  Consider using the same fly selection strategy we have given in recent fishing reports, and even though we are open on the limited basis we will pass on conditions that impact fly fishing on the river.  With social distancing a best practice during the current crisis, the South Fork, with many walk-in locations, is a top candidate for enjoying fishing without a crowd.   Get in touch with us ( 208-524-7160); we can suggest an number of such locations.

 

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South Fork, March 17th, 2020

Considering the times of stress reigning in the country, getting out to fly fish seems very attractive, and the South Fork is offering such an escape. Warming weather adds more to this attraction.  Boat ramps on the upper river ( Conant, Spring Creek, Huskey’s) remain a challenge to use needing ropes, chains and such for launching. But walk-in access is good especially the further downstream  you venture where snow banks diminish.  Best strategy  for action is nymphing. So your favorite nymph patterns, bead heads or not,  presented through and at the base of riffles will get you action. During nicer weather midge activity really picks up during PM hours. So with oncoming midge activity as the day passes, life cycle patterns for these become quite effective.  For sure water is cold, but “clear as a bell” even though flow out of Palisades Dam was upped to 5000 cfs  yesterday afternoon ( now 6300 cfs at Heise, 3600 cfs at Lorenzo).

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South Fork, March 14th, 2020

As we mentioned in the previous South Fork fishing report, flow out of Palisades Dam was raised to  around 3700 cfs last Monday.   This is just the beginning of ramping up flow.  Palisades Reservoir is at about 94% of capacity with MUCH snow yet to be melted in the drainage above. Not only that situation exists, but irrigation demands will soon increase as warmer parts downstream in south central Idaho become agriculturally active.  That means more increases are “coming down the pipe” as is typical for this time of the season.  For sure this will temporarily impact fishing in the river ( and the mainstream Snake River) for a few months to come. Therefore we will try to pass on fishing condition information on other waters in order to give a chance to make an informed choice to select waters for a visit.

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South Fork, March 10th, 2020

Flow out of Palisades Dam was increased yesterday to 3700 cfs ( now 4400 cfs at Heise, 3610 cfs at Lorenzo). Boat ramps at Huskey’s, Spring Creek, and Conant have been plowed.  The coming week promises good weather with many walk-in wade locations open on the lower river. Get in touch with us (208-524-7160,  [email protected]) to see which are most convenient.

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South Fork March 3, 2020

Here is an FYI. With Palisades Reservoir at 95% of capacity, flow out of Palisades Dam was raised from about 1800 cfs to around 2700 cfs yesterday, a 50% increase. Flow at Heise is now 3210 cfs and 2280 cfs at Lorenzo. That’s good news for resident trout.  More rises in flow are certain as the near normal snow pack in the drainage begins to melt and irrigation demands start.

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South Fork February 22, 2020

March South Fork

As February recedes there is certainly more pleasant days upcoming. Cold water temperatures dominate, but fish will become increasingly active, and whether pitching streamers and big nymph patterns or doing the same with tiny midge life cycle patterns fishing begins to improve.  River flow has been adequate for maintaining fish populations at around 1800 cfs in flow all winter being the norm, with somewhat higher rates through the canyon down to Heise. Access is present for walk-in fishing along the lower river, and we at Jimmy’s can recommend locations for doing so.  The river road from Wolverine to Black Canyon is closed to motorized access to minimize stress to wintering wildlife, and will remain so until IDF&G determines an opening.  Consider a cross country skiing trip to fish and do photography in this stretch where tranquility reigns. Boating is more limited, but can be done. Boat launch parking areas are plowed at some locations (Conant, Palisades Creek, and Spring Creek), but ramps are not thus requiring chain-ups and care to launch and takeout.  So now is the time to check those waders for integrity, put cleaning touches on reels and lines, and anticipate the improving conditions that signal a beginning to the South Fork fishing season.

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