Dry fly fishing on the South Fork has slowed down a fair amount. Due to the cold weather the Blue Wing Olive hatch is not coming off in the numbers that we have seen this past month. However fish are up eating midges in the slow, slow, slow water. Look for noses on the top water. Nymphing, and Streamer fishing are producing the most fish. A rubber leg with a glo bug, or a Zebra midge have been working well. Zonkers, Clouser Minnows and buggers have been producing good brown trout.
Flows have settled in at 1800 cfs. We don’t expect a change in the flows for the remainder of the winter. With the low flows, 3-5 mile floats will take all day. Wade fishing is extremely accessible right now. We recommend leaving the boat at home and wade fishing the river. Its a lot easier and there are a lot of great places to fish. I always like to carry an extra pair of clothes with me this time of year so if I fall in the river I can get dry quickly.