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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / South Fork (Page 57)

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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South Fork 10/11

Flow out of Palisades Dam has dropped to 4120 cfs. USBurRec is dropping flows stepwise which gives fish a good chance to adjust to resulting changes in the river below. This management goes a long way to preserving the South Fork fishery when compared to the old way of dropping flows all at once. So cheers for USBurRec! Look for more step-wise drops in flow out of the dam as water is stored for use next irrigation season. This weekend features cold, stormy weather up and down the river. The result is good day-long BWO emergences up and down the river and good streamer fishing. With dropping flows out of Palisades Dam there will be more safe locations for walk-in fishing. Come into the shop and talk with us to learn some great locations to do so.

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South Fork 10/7

The Big news from the weekend is the water has dropped to 6100cfs. Expect the water to continue to drop as we continue to move into the fall season. As water flows drop, wading on the South Fork becomes more accessible. Fish are eating rubbelegs, beadhead droppers, Blue Wing Olives, and streamers. Look for fish in the riffles and the flats. Trout are anxious to eat this time of year as they prepare for winter. Cloudy days and rain will produce the best day to “catch” trout while fishing. Go out and enjoy the beautiful colors of the canyon and the river!

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South Fork 10/2

Flow out of Palisades Dam is now at 7000 cfs, and it will go lower. Here’s why: about 2500 cfs is coming into the reservoir via the Snake River, and it is time to begin storing water for next year. For now, cloudy unsettled days will get you the best fishing on the South Fork. Mahogany duns, BWOs, and caddis, especially towards evening, will bring action to satisfy the dry fly fisher. If you prefer to present below the surface, big rubberlegs nymphs trailed by a smaller bead head nymph of your choice will bring action. But as we move further into autumn, streamer patterns will become more important, so get in touch with us to pick up some tips on where, when and how to present them.

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