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South Fork 9-23-09

Flows on the South Fork have continued to stay steady at 7100 cfs. Nymphing is still your best option for catching fish during the day. Hoppers and Foam Ants are working well in the mornings and the evenings. There has been a good Mahogany hatch in the evenings as well. As we continue to move deeper into fall the Blue Wing Olives will start to hatch on the overcast days.

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South Fork 9-21-09

The dry fly fishing has really started to slow down on the river during the heat of the day. The best time to fish dry flies is the morning hours and the evenings. Hoppers, chernobyls against the bank work the best. Streamers have also been productive during this time as well. Blue Wing Olives will hatch on overcast days. Look for fish to be feeding on them in the slower water and tailouts in the riffles. During the heat of the day I suggest a pink thingamabobber, with a rubberleg about 6 feet below the indicator. Drop a copper john, pheasant tail, or a zebra midge about 18 inches below the rubberleg.

Flows on the South Fork are currently at 7100cfs at the Dam. The Bureau of Reclamation has informed us that the base flow for the South Fork this winter will be 1700 cfs. Flows on the river will continue to drop throughout the next month and a half as the irrigation demand for water continues to expire. Access on foot will become better as the water continues to drop. As always if you have any questions or want an up to the date report call us at the shop or email us at [email protected]

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South Fork 9-16-09

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The flow dropped 500 cfs to 7600 last night. As soon as we find out what the winter flow is going to be and at what increments the the Bureau of Reclamation will drop the flow we’ll let you know.

The fishing has been best early in the mornings(daylight till noon) with streamers and chernobyls. In the afternoons we have done best with a smaller size Dave’s Hopper (size 8 and 10). Sometimes we trail a small ant or beetle about 2 feet behind the hopper.

More Blue Wing Olive mayflies are starting to appear as well as Mahogany Duns.

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South Fork 9-10-2009

There was a drop in the flow last night from 8700 down to 8100 cfs. We will  continue to see these drops  throughout the Fall. How long it takes the fish to adjust is fun topic to discuss. Sometimes it doesn’t  bother the fish at all and after some drops it may take a day for the fish  to adjust. The hopper fishing was good yesterday between 9 am and 1 pm. It slowed down in the afternnoon and nymphs fished along the seams and drop offs produced better than the big dries.

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South Fork 9-09-09

With flow out of Palisades Dam still around 8700 cfs fishing has been quite stable.  Use the same “slam the banks” strategy with terrestrial patterns until we have cloudy days later this month.  When BWOs & mahogany duns emerge in good numbers then and streamers become increasingly important, change your fishing strategy.  Notice that the river is not as crowded as a few weeks ago and that foliage is turning colorful. We are into one of the best times of the year to be on this great river.  Get in touch with us to get ideas for changing your South Fork fishing tactics.

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South Fork 9-07-09

With flows out of Palisades Dam stable at around 8600 cfs for several days fishing has been holding up.  Hopper and chernobyl types slammed close to banks are a great way to go.  Evening caddis swarms make for good fishing.  PMD numbers are decreasing as is natural this time of year, so fishing riffles is slower.   But as we move through September look for BWO emergences to become more numerous especially during overcast days.   Mahogany duns will soon make an appearance.  Streamers will become more important, and as we move through October terrestrial and chernobyl patterns less important.  So it is time to get ready for upcoming changes.

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South Fork 9-5-09

The flow has been the same for several days now at about 8600 cfs.  Early in the morning from daylight to late morning the golden(mutant) stone dries have been working well. Skitter the dries along gravel dropoffs and don’t over look the bottoms of the long pools where the water is speeding up it before dropping into the next riffle.  The hopper fishing has been good in the afternoons and if you find the right riffle you will find some fish up on Pale Morning Duns.

With the cloud cover and afternnon rain showers predicted for the weekend look for Blue Wing Olives and Mahogany Duns.

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South Fork 9-02-09

We will be open Labor Day, Monday, September 7th, 9AM to afternoon hours to help you enjoy the South Fork and other great area waters

It had to come sometime this summer but after some of the best riffle fishing we have  had in years we have to report that the Pale Morning Dun hatches have really slowed down. Now its time to start using everything else that you can pull out the fly box.

Nate on the river with the boys

Happiness is a cutty to release!

Use chernobyl ants and streamers early in the in the mornings on the flats. If you don’t find feeding fish later in the day try a hopper against the back with a small nymph dropper. A rubber leg/HEAVY TUNGSTEN BEADHEAD San Juan worm combo would be my next idea.  Flow out of Palisades has been stable at 8600 cfs for several days, but expect it to drop further with most of the irrigation season behind us.  This means great days are ahead for walk-in fishing during the fall season.

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27″ South Fork Hybrid

Finally consider stopping  and fishing some side channels and  places that can’t be reached by boat. You might find fish that haven’t been bothered all summer.

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South Fork 8-31-09

This is the time of year when cloudy and stormy days will begin producing BWO hatches up & down the river.  The flow out of Palisades Dam dropped 800 cfs last Thursday evening.  This means riffles will get more light which along with good water temperature will promote insect activity there.  With a good chance of cloudy weather for Labor Day weekend, be ready for BWOs emerging from riffles, especially if we have rainy weather.  So make sure BWO life cycle patterns are in your fly box.  Meanwhile chernobyl and hopper patterns pitched back towards banks and the same done with streamers during evenings will bring action.

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South Fork 8-28-09

The flow dropped last night about 800 cfs down to 8400 cfs. Continue to look for good hatches of Pale Morning Duns during the day. With the bright days we are having I don’t think we’ll see the Blue Wing Olives out like we saw this past weekend in the rain.The blue wings will be more consistent later when the weather really cools off. They’ll be joined be mahogany duns.

The warmer weather should keep the evening caddis hatch going. Its starts around 7 pm. When it gets too dark to see your dry fly swing a caddis pupa, sandy mite or small renegade through the riffles.

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