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

South Fork 9/29

Flow out of Palisades Dam is just over 8000 cfs. This makes for more walk-in fishing as well as good float fishing conditions. Crowds are down, fall colors are spectacular, and fish are willing to take chernobyl, hopper and golden stone patterns on the surface. Golden stone rubber legs with copper john, prince or zebra nymph droppers work when they choose to take below the surface. During nice weather days BWO and mahogany dun emergences will be concentrated during late afternoon and evening hours. This also will be the time of day to enjoy caddis emergences. If you choose to fish this time of day, be sure to have streamer patterns along with a sink-tip line. As we advance into fall months streamer patterns will be increasingly effective all along the river. Get in touch with us to help you select the taking streamer patterns.

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South Fork 9/25

Flows out of the South Fork have dropped to 8500 CFS. Don’t let this drop in water scare you from fishing the South Fork. With the drop in flows look to see the Mutant Stone flies to begin hatching again. Fish chernobyl ants into the bank and riffles, and give them a little twitch. Also look for fish eating mayflies. Mahogany Duns and Blue Wing Olives will be hatching as well. Overcast days will help bring those hatches along. As we get into the fall season it is time to start beefing up your streamer selection, the fish have started to key in on them. We have a great variety of streamers here at the shop. Come on in and we will be happy to help you stock up on your fly selection. This is a good time to fish, and go camping on the river. Small crowds and great fishing!

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South Fork 9/22

First day of autumn, and flow out of Palisades is just above 9000 cfs. We’ve had a spell of cloudy weather which has brought out PMDs and mahogany duns during daytime as well as evenings. Cool, cloudy weather this time of year also triggers fish to forage for minnows. Chernobyl and hopper patterns are still producing up and down the river with best times being until mid day. On top of all this crowds are down. It’s a great time to be on the South Fork!

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South Fork 9/11

Flow out of Palisades Dam was dropped to 10,000 cfs early on 9/09. That small amount will not impact fishing, but look for more flow decreases out of the dam coming up. We will pass them on in this fishing report to help you plan a South Fork trip and to help understand conditions on the river. For now stick to hopper types, foam or otherwise, close to banks. With cloudy or stormy conditions, be ready with BWO and mahogany dun life cycle patterns, and don’t forget those streamer patterns.

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South Fork 9/8

Flow out of Palisades Dam has been steady at around 10500 cfs, but change are coming, so more walk-in wade fishing location will be available. For now float fishing results in more opportunities. Present your hopper and chernobyls close to banks with cover when drifting, but do not overlook parking the boat and wade to explore side channels. Where cover is present fish these channels thoroughly as many are not fished by those who simply drift down the river. Towards mid week some cloudy weather is forecast, so if you are on the river then be sure to have BWO and mahogany dun life cycle patterns. This time of year always carry streamers and a sink tip line.

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South Fork 9/5

Flow out of Palisades Dam remains same for time being. Mutant stones are still active, and #6-8 green or red Chernobyl ant or Elden’s golden Stone, same sizes, is a good pattern for them. Mahogany duns and BWOs are out, and fish are keying on them mainly on cloudy or stormy days. Hoppers pitched close to banks remain productive. Crowds are down, and weather is at its best. So it is a great time to be on the South Fork.

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South Fork 9/2

Flow out of Palisades Dam has remained constant at just above 10,000 cfs because of late demand for water by the agricultural community. Look for flows to drop later this month. Meanwhile, stick to the hoppers and other terrestrial patterns close to banks. We have a few reports of BWOs and mahogany duns and fish taking them along the river during our cooler weather this last weekend, so best include patterns for these in your fly box when weather like we just had during the second half of Labor Day happens. These will be important emergences later this month. See the patterns we recommend for these in the pane on the left. Also be sure to have streamers in your fly boxes if you will be on the river early or late in the day.

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South Fork 8/29

The flow dropped 1500 cfs last night and this morning to 10,500 cfs. While it may slow the fishing a little it will cause the wingless golden stones to be more active which should keep the chernobyl ant patterns producing. We may start to see some blue wing olive mayflies as the weather cools as expected later this weekend. The river below Lorenzo not far above the Henry’s Fork confluence has cleared up and appears stabilized after cutting a new channel.

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South Fork 8/26

Flow out of Palisades Dam has dropped to 12000 cfs. This small amount should not impact fish activity, but look for flows to continue to drop as USBurRec begins storing water for the next irrigation season. Labor Day weekend is an important one for most anglers, so if we learn of any flow change out of Palisades Dam, we will post them here. Meanwhile, stick to those terrestrial patterns tight to the banks, and don’t overlook streamer patterns in the same locations especially early or late in the day. Mutant stoneflies are out making for some AM fishing. Also do not overlook the evening caddis activity.

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South Fork 8/22

Flows have not dropped at quite the rate that US Bureau of Reclamation predicted, and even if they go down a few hundred cfs at a time, don’t look for a big impact on fishing success. But count on flows to drop to around historic levels by Labor Day weekend. Meanwhile, Hoppers and other terrestrials close to banks and overhead cover brings the best results up and down the river. Don’t overlook pitching a streamer to the same places, especially during evenings.

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