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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / South Fork (Page 52)

South Fork 11-14-09

Dry fly fishing on the South Fork has slowed down a fair amount. Due to the cold weather the Blue Wing Olive hatch is not coming off in the numbers that we have seen this past month. However fish are up eating midges in the slow, slow, slow water. Look for noses on the top water. Nymphing, and Streamer fishing are producing the most fish. A rubber leg with a glo bug, or a Zebra midge have been working well. Zonkers, Clouser Minnows and buggers have been producing good brown trout.

Flows have settled in at 1800 cfs. We don’t expect a change in the flows for the remainder of the winter. With the low flows, 3-5 mile floats will take all day. Wade fishing is extremely accessible right now. We recommend leaving the boat at home and wade fishing the river. Its a lot easier and there are a lot of great places to fish. I always like to carry an extra pair of clothes with me this time of year so if I fall in the river I can get dry quickly.

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South Fork 11-10-2009

Flow out of Palisades Dam remains at 1800 cfs for several days now.  So conditions on the river are very stable.  Streamer fishing for browns is at its peak with low light conditions the best time to be on the river. The BWOs are going in high gear, too.  Again, PMs are best time to enjoy top water fishing for trout responding to these.

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South Fork 11-03-2009

Flow out of Palisades Dam is down to 1800 cfs. The river is now a walk-in-wade paradise. Fish are concentrated, crowds are gone, and there are many, many locations to try.  Drop by the shop; we can help you decide on which ones are best.  When you decide on where along the river you will be fishing, be sure to have BWO life cycle patterns and streamers.  These are the taking flies for riffle feeding cutts and migrating browns respectively.

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South Fork 10-26-09

Fishing on the South Fork is still doing well. Flows have dropped to 2500 cfs. Blue Wing Olives continue to hatch look for them in the riffles and the back eddy’s. Drifting a rubberleg and a bead head nymph under an indicator is still producing fish in good numbers. Streamers has picked up on the South Fork but remember to choose your days wisely. Overcast days are the best for hooking up with trout on streamers.

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South Fork 10-19-2009

The flow out of Palisades Dam has been stable at about 3000 cfs for several days now.  Expect it to drop further.  Nevertheless, the weather is co-operating if you enjoy fishing either BWOs or streamers.  PMs will be best for the BWOs and low light conditions such as evenings, cloudy or stormy days, early mornings will be best for streamers.  Browns are beginning to migrate, so expect action if you present streamers or wooly bugger patterns.

Lost near the Lorenzo Boat Ramp: An Orvis fly rod with Orvis reel. If found, please contact  Matt Hess: 801-682-0740 or [email protected]

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South Fork 10-16-09

Flows on the South Fork have remained steady at 3000 cfs. Blue Wing Olives, rubberlegs and beadhead nymphs have been producing the most fish day in and day out. There has been talk of streamer fishing during the days that are overcast and nasty. Otherwise fish them in the mornings and evenings. The river is very accessible by wading. You should find access all up and down the river. Shorter floats will take the majority of the day. We do not recommend floating the entire canyon in one day unless you have a motor. If you have any questions feel free to call us at the shop.

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South Fork 10-10-09

Flows on the South Fork have dropped down to 3000 cfs out of the dam. The river is very acessable for wading right now. You can also float the river at these flows, but with the decrease in flows shorter floats will make for a full day of fishing. Floating the entire canyon from Conant to Byington is no longer an option for a day float unless you have a motor or prefer rowing a lot.

Blue WIng Olives have been hatching in good numbers and fish have been up eating them. Rubberlegs with a beadhead dropper presented 18-24 inches below the rubberleg have also done well. Streamers will produce fish on cloudy days and in the mornings and evenings. As the nights get colder look for the fish to start rising to midges as well.

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South Fork 10-7-09

So we have been writing a lot of reports for the South Fork recently because of all the changes in water flows. Flows have dropped today down to 3600 cfs. Fishing will still remain the same with the Blue Wing Olives, nymphing and the streamers are starting to pick up. This weekend is supposed to be stormy, expect some good fishing!

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South Fork 10-06-2009

Flow out of  Palisades Dam was dropped to 4060 cfs three days ago. This certainly makes for safer wading conditions. Other than that, the info Tim passed on yesterday is current.  But certainly expect more flow reductions in the near future.

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South Fork 10-5-09

Blue Wing Olives are in full swing on the South Fork! With this weather expect hatches to come off in the afternoons in the slow moving water. Trout will be sipping the BWO’s so look carefully for those noses. Streamers will continue to pick up as we get more into the fall. Nymphing is also working well. Rubberlegs with your favorite beadhead dropper. I personally like the tungsten zebra midge in a size 16 or 18. I also like a size 18 pheasant tail.

Flows have dropped down to 4500 cfs. Remember that winter flows will be around 1700 cfs: expect that around the end of October to mid November. With the flows at 4500 wading is very accessible throughout the entire river. Call the shop if you have any questions or want an up to the minute report.

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