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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / South Fork (Page 6)

South Fork 9-25-18

 

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Flow out of Palisades Dam was dropped last night to 6750 cfs last night, and may continuing to drop today. Current flow  of 7060 at Heise will drop further today. Look for flows to drop again later this week.  BWOs and Mahoganies are emerging from the South Fork, at least along the lower river.   Streamer action is also picking up.  Hoppers are abundant throughout, and fish near vegetated banks are responding to patterns cast toward them. Caddis provide evening action. So looks like autumn is bringing better fishing up and down the river.

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South Fork 9-22-18

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Flow out of Palisades Dam was dropped to 7200 cfs on 9/20. Flow at Lorenzo is now about 3500 cfs.  This makes for more walk-in wade opportunities. Hopper-dropper combinations seem to work OK the lower river, but streamer fishing has been good up and down the river.  Somber patterns ( black, dark olive, brown) seem most effective.  Don’t expect BWOs and mahoganies to provide good dry fly fishing until we get some really stormy weather.

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South Fork 9-18-18

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Fishing sure has slowed down up & down the river. Best results, if you can call it such, seems to be for those fly-fishers presenting hopper-dropper ( bead head nymphs of choice) combinations in the canyon stretch.  Flow out of Palisades has been constant for about ten days at around 8100-8500 cfs.  Lower flows are coming, but what is really needed to bring on the BWOs and mahoganies is a stretch of cold stormy weather, and for now none of this is in weather forecasts.

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South Fork 9-15-18

 

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Flow out of Palisades Dam remains constant at about 8500 cfs.  For some set of reasons riffle fishing on the upper river has slowed, but presenting hopper  patterns in close to vegetated banks remains effective, especially on the lower river. Flows below the Big Feeder are around 5600 cfs  ( just about normal for this time of year), so downstream of Heise is best water for finding action. For sure some stormy weather would help bring on the BWO activity everyone is waiting for!

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South Fork 9-11-18

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No changes in flow out of Palisades Dam in the last several days.  Presenting hopper patterns from the old Joe’s Hopper to current chernobyl types is best way for dry fly fishing success all along the river. Any day now BWOs will become important. Bad weather would bring them on sooner. Try a streamer or two if you find low light conditions.

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South Fork 9-8-18

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Flow out of Palisades Dam has been stable for several days at around 8500 cfs.   Expect flow to drop further soon. Hopper fishing is great up and down the river, and evening caddis activity continues to attract trout.  Some mutant stones are present, but lower water would help their numbers. Mahoganies and BWOs will begin to be important soon as we cool off.  The same will apply to streamers presented during low light conditions.

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South Fork 9-1-18

 

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Flow out of Palisades Dam was reduced to 8550 cfs  (same cfs at Heise, 2770 cfs at Lorenzo) Tuesday. This will make for more walk-in wade fishing locations and increase the mutant golden stonefly emergence.

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South Fork 8-28-18

 

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No change in flow here, currently flow is a bit higher than the average for this time of year, so reduced flows are coming up as irrigation season winds down. Stick to what we suggest in the  8/25/18 report for the South Fork. Mutant golden stones have moved into the lower canyon, but hopper fishing there seems more effective.

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South Fork 8-25-18

 

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Flow out of Palisades Dam has been reduced to a bit over 9000 cfs (  9200 cfs at Heise,  4370 cfs at Lorenzo).  More safe walk in-wade locations are now available, and look for more to become available as flow will continue to drop as irrigation season winds down.  Riffle fishing has slowed a bit. Try #14-16 adams and purple haze in these. With the dropping flow mutant golden stones now coming out on the lower river  (see flow at Lorenzo), especially below the big feeder, should be coming out soon from the river above. Terrestrial patterns will be effective anywhere there is vegetated banks along the river.

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South Fork 8-18-18

 

 

Jon Hegsted

Most fly fishing aspects are holding steady. Flow out of Palisades Dam has not changed significantly in several days. Riffle fishing remains great with pink alberts providing  much action.  River flow must drop to expose more substrate before significant mutant or midnight golden stones emerge in numbers that will attract fish. During mid-day boat traffic can be thick, so consider an evening float in such as Huskey’s to Spring Creek, or Spring Creek to Conant, etc.

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