South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / South Fork (Page 44)

South Fork 10/31

Flows were decreased to 4,000cfs on the 26th of October. The streamer fishing is really beginning to pick up on the river. Still have some good Blue Wing Olive hatches going on but Midges have begun to take over for the predominant dry fly on the surface. Nymphing is always producing fish and in good numbers. Try fishing a Zebra Midge and a Bead Head Pheasant tail with a split shot 3 feet above the two flies. Its beginning to become that time of year when streamers and nymphing is the best techniques for getting fish. With flows dropping this low lots of wading access is available and feel free to leave your boat at home.


South Fork 10/26

Flows on the South Fork are remaining at 4,500 cfs Fishing is still holding strong on the river. Fish are rising to Blue Wing Olives and Midges. Nymphing has been successful with rubberlegs, tungsten Zebra Midges, and Blue Wing Olive nymphs. The streamer fishing has been really good as well. Streamer fishing is more effective in the mornings, evenings and on cloudy days. No brown trout spawning activity yet, if you do happen to see a Brown trout redd please avoid stepping in it. The fishing on the South Fork should remain steady as long as the weather continues to stay nice. When we get those cloudy rainy days its worth suffering through the weather to chase those big fish that seem to get active in those conditions. Look for fish in the soft water and the foam lines sipping dry flies.


South Fork 10/19

Flows on the South Fork have remained steady on the river at 4,500cfs. Fishing has really been good this month. There are good Blue Wing Olive hatches, some October Caddis and a few PMD’s still fly around. The streamer fishing has picked up as well. On the bright sunny days you will not have as much success as on the overcast day but don’t let that discourage you from going. Fish late into the evening or brave the chilly mornings. Nymphing is also really good. Any assortment of bead head nymphs and rubberlegs seem to be the ticket for catching fish below an indicator.


South Fork 10/14

Flows have dropped to 4500 cfs. The fishing is good and bugs are continuing to hatch on the river. Focus you efforts on the riffles and the slow moving water. There are fish sipping Blue Wing Olives in this type of water. October Caddis have also been hatching and the fish are eating them as well. Rubberlegs, beadhead nympyhs have also been producing fish. I would also throw streamers on the cloudy days, on sunny days throw them in the mornings and evenings. The fishing is pretty good right now and the river is not busy at all. This is a great time to fish with little crowds and goo0d fishing.


South Fork 10/11

Fall fishing is finally here! The river is fishing really well. Good emergence of Blue Wing Olives and a few eating the Chernobyl ant as well. The nymphing has been stellar as well. Rubberlegs with zebra midges, also try dropping a BWO nymph. We have lots of these bead head flies here at the shop and we are more than willing to point you in the right direction. Fish a large Parachute Adams against the bank with a small sized 18 BWO behind it. Look for the fish to be rising in the foam lines and off of the riffles.


South Fork 10/3

Flows on the South Fork have remained steady at 7,000 cfs. Bug activity is very sparse on the sunny days. If you get an overcast day or rain look for Blue Wing Olives and Mahogany Duns hatching in good numbers. There is still  mutant stones around and fish are still eating them when presented against the bank. I have been fishing droppers from my dry fly 2-3 feet. That has been an effective depth for the bead head nymph. Red and Black Zebra Midges have been the most effective patterns as well as an assortment of Mayfly nymph patterns.

The fall colors are gorgeous right now take the time to go fish the South Fork just for the scenery.


South Fork 09-29-11

There have been two drops of 1,000 cfs  each the past two days bringing the flow down to 7,000. When we get drops in the flow it exposes more of the cobble stone rock and another emergence of the wingless golden stones occurs. One of the best times to fish the  golden stone/chernobyl  type flies is early in the morning from first light untillate morning.


South Fork 9/27

Fishing on the South Fork has been changing day to day. The Upper section through Swan Valley seems to be a little temperamental from day to day. One day it will be on fire and the next nothing. I have found fishing through the Canyon early in the morning hours has been productive throwing streamers and twitching Chernobyl Ants. The warm clear sunny days have put the PMD hatches down and there are still a few Mahogany’s hatching. Cloudy and or rainy weather will get the fish up and eating mayflies. Fishing towards the evening hours is also effective. Zebra Midges are great droppers for a dry fly presented close to the bank.

The cottonwood trees are beginning to change color right now the next two weeks will yield some very picturesque views while floating the South Fork.


South Fork 9-19-2011

Talk about stability, the last several weeks flows have not changed to speak of  (9000  give or take a few cfs out of Palisades Dam).  PMDs (#18-20) continue to provide action in riffles and terrestrial insects add a great supplement so that dry fly fishing is as one would expect in the late summer on the South Fork.  We are near the time of season where BWOs and mahogany duns take over for PMDs, and no doubt a few are showing up now.   Be sure to have those streamer patterns if you fish in the evening.


South Fork 9/14

The South Fork is really starting to pick up right now. Flows have stayed steady at 9,000 cfs. The Mutant Stones have begun hatching again and fish are up eating them. Throw Chubby Chernobyl and CFO Ant to emulate these bugs. Don’t forget to twitch them. PMD’s have been hatching in the later morning and in the afternoon. I have found great success by adding a dropper on my dry fly when things seem to slow down a little. Tungsten Zebra Midges, and Redemption Nymphs have been working well. If we get a rainstorm a BWO and Mahogany Dun hatch will emerge. There are still a lot of little fish being caught and the bigger sized fish we are used to catching this year are strong and healthy fighters. Truly a fun river to fish right now. With Fall coming the colors will really begin to pop and camping on the river should be top notch.