South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / South Fork (Page 58)

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.


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]


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


South Fork 9-29-09

Flows out of Palisades Dam have made recent drop today down to 6600 cfs. Expect flows to continue to drop as the demand for irrigation water declines.  With stormy weather moving in Blue Wing Olives will start to hatch int he riffles and the slow moving water.  Also make sure you have streamers in your fly box the rest of the season on the South Fork. Fish the streamers tight into the bank and strip them down stream. Cloouser minnows, Circus Peanuts, and Bottoms up Streamers will get those big browns to eat! On warm sunny days Rubberlegs and zebra midges work now as Tim relates, but do not overlook a #14 renegade. This mainstay has been superbly effective in riffles for decades.


South Fork 9/28

Fishing is starting to pick up on the river. Flows have remained steady at 7100 cfs, flows will drop as the demand for irrigation declines. There has been a good Blue Wing Olive hatch early in the morning hours. Nymphing is still you best option for catching fish consistently all day. Rubberlegs and Zebra midges have been the hot flies. There is stormy weather that is supposed to move into the area mid week. This will really make things pick up on the river once this happens. We will keep you posted on reports as the weather begins to change later in the week.


South Fork 9-24-09

Flow out of Palisades remains steady at around 7100 cfs.  Evenings are times for mahogany duns, caddis, terrestrial patterns (also mornings) and streamers (also mornings), and as Tim recommends nymphs are best during daytime hours.  However, it’s really time to think strategy changes.  BWOs will become the major mayfly, so stock up on life cycle patterns for them.  Streamers will become increasingly important as we move through October,and we stock the ones that have a proven effective.  It’s going to be a great fall fishing season here, and we will keep up on how it progresses and post right herewhat we learn.