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South Fork 6-29-12

Stream flow on the South Fork is stable with 13,600 cfs coming out of Palisades Dam, and 14,900 cfs at Heise. Nymph fishing in the morning with a Brown Rubber Leg ( size 8 ) and a Bead Head Crystal Pheasant Tail Nymph  dropper( size 16) has been the most productive till about 12 o’clock. From about 12 o’clock, riffles have been good with a CFO Yellow Sally ( size 16 and 14 ), and Olive Hares Ear Parachute (size 12) . There is a good emergence of salmon and golden adult stones along the bank near Heise, but fish still haven’t been eating them yet but that should change any day. Along with  yellow sallies in the riffles there will be good hatches of pale morning duns and some green drakes.

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South Fork 6-27

Flows were bumped again yesterday afternoon to 13,000cfs. Again this is response to irrigation demand downstream. I don’t know how much more the water will increase but I will keep you all updated as soon as we know.

At this point I would only be fishing nymphs and streamers. The river has been raised 2,000 cfs in 2 days and that is a lot of water. Enough water to cool things down and slow any hatches that were happening and mix things up enough to have the fish a little confused. The good news is it doesn’t take long for things to settle down and the fishing to pick back up again. If we don’t have anymore increases tomorrow we will be back in action.

I had thoughts of Salmon Flies sometime this week but the increase in flows could very possibly push that back into next week. Call the shop for any and all questions or just stop by and we will be happy to help you.

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South Fork 6-25-12

As you can imagine we are getting a lot of calls to see if the big salmon flies have started to hatch in the lower river around Ririe.  We still haven’t seen any of the big bugs but we are seeing a lot of yellow sallies and pale morning duns. The big stones should appear sometime this week.  Over the weekend we had had some good but brief action on the riffles in the afternoon. The most consistent action is still with nymphs and streamers.

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Henry’s Fork 6-22

The Lower Henry’s Fork near Ashton has been fishing well. Early  morning fishing consists of an adult Golden Stone (CFO Flammer Ant size 6)  with a dropper such as a Red Copper John size 16. Noon fishing would be PMDs from 12 o’clock to 3 o’clock. From 5 o’clock to 7 o’clock Flavs (size 14)  were coming off with fish taking them on the flats. Finally from 8 o’clock to dark, an improved x-caddis tan size 16 and 18 was the ticket. There are also some Gray drakes.

 

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South Fork 6-20-12

We wanted to give you an update on the water conditions and hatches for the South Fork .  We are seeing more Pale Morning Duns and Yellow Sallies each day from Swan Valley down river through the canyon. By late next week there should be big stones on the lower river near Lorenzo. The flow is still at 10,200 cfs and clear. Palisades Reservoir is filling slowly and if it does fill in the next week or so the increased flow should have little impact on fishing conditions and hatches.  Nymph fishing is still the most productive and some fish are taking Chernobyls from Byington down.

 

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Henry’s Fork 6-14

Tomorrow is opening day on the Ranch. Caddis and Pale Morning Duns have been hatching in good numbers. I would have also have some green drakes in my fly box as well. We have not had any confirmed reports of Green drakes hatching yet. However don’t be afraid to fish one, if some of these flies have been hatching the fish will be looking for them. Golden Stones have been producing fish as well. We have had good success on streamers from Ora Bridge to Chester backwaters the past few days. Don’t let the off color water scare you away from this stretch. The water is off color but not that bad and some big fish have been caught on streamers and stoneflies.

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South Fork 6-14

Fishing is getting pretty good on the South Fork. We have been hearing many good reports of lots of fish being caught on the gravel bars and the tailouts below the riffles. There is not much action on the bank right now but I would defiantly be fishing them between gravel bars. The streamer action is picking up every day. I have heard a mixed report on which streamer patterns are fishing the best. Be sure to bring a good selection with different colors and sizes. Fishing is still great with nymphs. big stonefly nymphs, yellow sally nymphs and an assortment of bead head flies have been working. Don’t overlook the san jaun worm, there have been many fish hooked on that fly.

We have been getting a lot of questions regarding the Salmon Fly hatch. As of right now we haven’t seen anything. I don’t expect to see any salmon flies until the last week of June. We all have our predictions but the truth is when they hatch we will let you all know by updating the fishing report.

Flows have stayed steady since the last increase over a week ago. Flows are 10,100 cfs. This is a great flow for fishing. This is also a great time to get out and do some fishing before all the crowds get here. The Canyon is really pretty right now and there is so secluded overnights to be had in the canyon for the next few weeks.

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Henry’s Fork 6-11

I finally got the chance to fish the Henry’s Fork this past week and into the weekend. The streamer bite is definitely on during certain times of the day. Rubberlegs and bead head have been working when the dry fly bite slows down as well. Golden Stones, Simulators, and Chernobyl ants are bringing decent fish to the surface. Pale Morning duns have also been hatching is decent numbers.

Last week I reported on the float between Ashton Dam and Chester back waters being off color. I had a chance to float the section on Friday evening and I was impressed with the water quality overall. At the Ora bridge the water was good and about a half mile down got a little dirty but fishable. Than it seemed to clear up as we continued to float down the river. This section is not being utilized right now because most of the guides are concerned about the off color water so they are not taking clients down this section. We I floated into Chester at 8pm.  I saw lots of fish feeding on caddis and my truck was the only one in the parking lot. What I am trying to say is if you want some decent fishing with a chance to hook into a pig, float this section. No one is there and you will find the fishing to be good despite the water being a little off color.

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South Fork 6-11

Flows on the South Fork were increased to 10,100 cfs. Not a big change and the river is fishing really well with nymphs and streamers. Rollin got to fish a few days last week and said he was doing really well on a  nymph rig that was about 4 feet deep. He also got to fish the lower river below Lorenzo and the group he was with were able to get a few fish to eat big stoneflies off the surface. There are no salmon flies hatching yet but the fish are starting to look up so try a dry fly next time you on the water. As soon as we hear about stoneflies hatching we will be updating the fishing report. Feel free to call the shop if you have any questions.

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South Fork 6-6

Flows into the Reservoir have increased tremendously which is good cause they actually might fill the reservoir now and that means cold water all summer. Cold water is good for insect hatches when August rolls around! Fishing on the river hasn’t changed much, your best technique is nymphing and Streamer fishing. This is the time of year when you can have a really good streamer day if we get some overcast rainy weather.

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