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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / South Fork (Page 54)

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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South Fork 11/14

Fishing on the South Fork has been very good. Midges and Blue Wing Olives continue to hatch. The streamer fishing is really good on overcast and rainy days. When the sun is shining bright your best fishing strategy would be to nymph. We suggest a rubberleg with a bead head dropper. As we continue to have more cold nights with tempatures dropping the trout will start to become less active as the water gets colder. Concentrate your fishing during to the warmest part of the day. Please call the shop if you have any questions.

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South Fork 11/06

Flow out of Palisades Dam is down to 1020 cfs. At Heise flow is around 1600 cfs. All this makes for great walk-in fishing, but restricts fish to much less of the river as many side channels have dried up. Nevertheless some great streamer fishing remains up and down the river. With more storms coming in good streamer fishing could be a day-long event, and BWOs will provide action for those preferring top water fishing.

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South Fork 11/3

Flow out of Palisades Dam is now at 1750 cfs. This low flow makes for a great selection of walk-in places for pitching streamers and finding fish taking BWOs. But there are places such around Twin Bridges where floating will be a bit tougher. Stormy times are predicted for this week, so get out and enjoy the South Fork before Old Man Winter takes over. Come in and talk to us about some prime walk-in locations along the river.

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South Fork 10/27

Everything seems the same here: flows, weather (really nice)streamers in low light conditions, few BWOs during the same conditions, big nymphs. But this weekend a change is coming to put us closer to winter with the clouds and rain/snow. Look then for streamer fishing to pick up daytimes, and if the wind is gentle BWOs will bring fish to the surface.

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South Fork 10/27

Flows remain the same, and so do the strategies for success. Streamer patterns are the best chance to get into the migrating browns and the big bows and cutts that follow them. Low light conditions will be the best times to be on the river, and until storms show up a few BWOs may show at these times.

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South Fork 10/24

Flow out of Palisades is still around 3100 cfs, but are sure to drop soon. This makes for great walk-in fishing. Streamers, BWO life cycle patterns and nymphs remain the best bets for action. Cloudy, stormy days will best best time to encounter the largest fish. It’s a great time to be on the river: crowds & bugs have gone. So have a lot of fall colors, but these gorgeous days make up for that loss. Bring a camera.

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South Fork 10/20

Flow out of Palisades Dam is at 3050 cfs. This makes for great walk-in fishing selection, and boating remains good but takes longer to go from point A to B. Streamers and BWO life cycle patterns with an occasional rubberlegs/dropper combo are the ways to find actio

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South Fork 10/13

Flow out of Palisades Dam dropped to 3600 cfs last night. This makes for even more walk-in fishing along the river. On overcast days, day-long BWO emergences up and down the river make for great fishing, as well as for good streamer fishing. Look for more drops in flow coming out of Palisades Dam.

Did you lose a Canon digital camera in the river a bit below Cottonwood? One has been found, and the card within held pictures, still of good quality, taken back in July. That’s bad news for the camera with respect to being water logged, but if it is yours and you want it and/or the pictures, call 208-300-3030.

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