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South Fork 02/24

Fishing on the South Fork is really starting to pick up. Midges have started hatching on the river in the afternoon. Size 18 and smaller will get those fish to take on top. Nymphing still is the best technique to catch fish, the rubberleg has been the hot fly  If you want to strip streamers we suggest smaller streamers like a clouser minnow or a CFO lite bright clouser. You will want to slow down the presentation of your streamers. The water is still cold and the fish are very larthagic so slow things down. Floating is still not a good option right now. We suggest that you leave the boat at home and wade fish. If you need an up to date report please feel free to call us here at the shop.

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South Fork 02/18

Lots of people have been getting out in the warmer weather and fishing the South Fork. Rubberlegs, midges, and small nymphs have been the most effective. Still no word about any significant midge hatches yet. The trout are eating underwater insects and nymphing is the most effective way to catch fish right now.

You can get a boat in at Wolf and take out at Byington. If you decide to take out at Byington you will need a lot of rope, or chains on your tires to pull out of the ramp. The ramp is very icy and slick. Remember there is no snow maintance on the boat ramps during the winter. If you want to float remember that short floats will take the majority the day. Float during the warmest time of the day. Always be prepared for something to happen you don’t plan on. Bring extra clothes, and I would bring extra food and other essential gear. Common sense will go a long way on the river. This rule applies year round, but in the winter when accidents happen they can esscilate into an emergency very quickly. Have fun and be safe.

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South Fork 02/10

The South Fork has been fishing really good this past week. Many anglers have had success nymphing. No reports of midges hatching on a regular basis. The general concenses is that even on the warm days the water tempurature is still not warm enough to get the midges to start popping.  As we move into March during the next few weeks’ the longer and warmer days will allow the midges to get busy and do there thing. Nymphing has been really good with Zebra Midges and other midge pupas. The good ol’ Pat’s rubberleg has been working the best. Look for fish to be in slower water than what you would expect in the summer time. If you need and up to date report feel free to call us here at the shop.

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South Fork 02/03

Watch the weather report. Warm days on the South Fork will greatly increase your chance to catch trout. Rubberlegs have been working really well. The fish are hanging out in the tailouts of riffles and deep holes. Be sure to bring your midge patterns and use them when you see noses on the surface.

During the winter the boat ramps do not get maintained for snow. It is easier to leave the boat at home and  wade the South Fork during this time of the year. Acces is really good for wading this time of year. Consider Hiese Bridge, Twinn Bridges, Spring Creek Boat Ramp, Byington Boat Ramp, Wolf Flats and the Great Feader Canal. All of these locations offer pucblic acces to the river, and you can wade and fish the river very easily from these locations. Remember to use common sense and be extra cautious while fishing during the winter.

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South Fork 01/10

Jimmy went to the river yesterday afternoon to take a drive and have a look at the river. Despite the wind, making it almost impossible to fish the river looked very good. As of right now you can put a boat in at Wolf Flats and take out at Byington. The road is very muddy. Expect to get your boat and vehicle dirty. Also these boat ramps could close at any time, it all depends on the weather and how much more snow we get. The boat ramps do not receive snow removal in the winter.

We have had a few customers ask why we don’t update the winter fishing report as often as we do in the spring, summer, and fall. The short answer is the fishing doesn’t really change that much. Now the long answer. During the majority of the winter most days can be too cold to fish. What is too cold? We consider below freezing to be too cold. This doesn’t mean that you can’t fish, it just means that the fishing is going to be tougher and not optimal. Many people love to fish in the winter and that is great! When you decide to fish in the winter choosing your day is key to your success. Warm days in the afternoon will give you the best chance to catch fish. Nymphing is usually the best technique to catch fish. Use a size 8 rubberleg, with a zebra midge. You can also use a small mayfly nymph size 18 or 20.If you see fish rising they will be eating dry fly midges.

Always be prepared when fishing in the winter. Don’t take your safety lightly. Accidents happen and problems can become emergancies very quickly in the winter time. Use caution and common sense.

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South Fork 12/19

Fishing during the winter months can be very productive, or can be a nice visit to the river. Much of your success is great determined by the day you choose to go fishing. With the cold weather, snow, and wind you will want to choose a day to fish with tempatures over 32 degrees. On these warm days you will find midges working on top for dry flies, and nymphing will work underwater. Focus your fishing to the warmest part of the day. This is when the fish are the most active. Winter fishing is a great time to experience the river and be the only one out there. Remeber if you intend to float check the boats ramps first. They do not receive snow maintence during the winter.

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South Fork 12/5

We have been getting lots of good fishing reports from the South Fork. Fish are up eating Midge dry fly patterns. Nymphing is also producing a lot of fish. Streamer fishing is still producing fish but is more effective on cloudy days. Now that we are starting to get cold nights reaching down into the single digits. It is important to try and concentrate you fishing during the warmest part of the day.  This is when you will find the midge hatches and the fish most active.  With low winter flows short floats take the majority of the day.

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South Fork 11/29

Flow out of Palisades Dam is around 900 cfs, and about 1200 cfs at Heise. These could be winter maintenance flows.  They will make float fishing slower and give a bigger risk of meeting rocks and other submerged features. The flip side is that there are “tons” of great walk-in loctions along the river. Get in touch with us to determine the best at any time.  Streamer and woolly bugger fishing remains good all along the river. Midge life cycle patterns and bead head nymphs will also remain effective through the winter season.  The South Fork remains open year-round to angling, but expect  access limits because of closures to protect game herds and from road and boat launch site conditions.  We will post closures here as we learn of them.

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South Fork 11/21

Looks like 900 cfs out of Palisades Dam ( translates to around 1400 cfs at Heise) will be the flow to expect for the winter.  It’s rough on floating the river, with respect to time (so consider short trips), but look at all the great walk-in locations we now have! These flows will concentrate fish in deeper water other than going to riffles if a hatch is taking place.  Continue using streamers for the deeper water, and always carry midge life cycle patterns. The BWO emergences will begin to fade as we get into winter.

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South Fork 11/18

The flows on the South Fork have stayed steady around 900 CFS. You can expect the flows to stay this low all winter. With this unseasonably warm weather the blue wing olives have continued to hatch. The hatches are becoming less and less prevelent, but fish are up eating. This weekend is supposed to bring in a warm front with a chance of storms. If a storm does move in the fishing will be very good. The weather is supposed to be very mild, and overcast. This might be one of the last times to get out on the South Fork before Winter really sets in. Streamers will priduce fish on these cloudy days as well. Days with a bright sun and no clouds, nymphing will be your best option to get the fish to eat. Rememeber with low flows means that it takes longer to float the river.  Short floats ranging from 4-5 miles will take the majority of the day.

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