South Fork Lodge Fishing Report

August 16th Report

South Fork Lodge Fishing Report

A Note From Kevin
The Palisades Reservoir outflow is ~9,500cfs which is actually up just a bit from last week. Check www.Water.weather.gov for predictions and the USGS and USBR sites below for the most up to date water flow information. The Fishhead app is my favorite tool to track water flows on the South Fork and on other favorite rivers. South Fork River NWS web links are listed below for the most up to date info. As of this writing Palisades Reservoir is 87% of capacity per USDA data

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Fishing Conditions at a Glance
Water Flow: ~9,410cfs +- at Irwin (8/15)
Water Temperature: 58F
Webcam: The South Fork Lodge webcam is now online! Check out live South Fork conditions here!
Weather: Weather Underground shows temperatures mostly in the mid to high 80F’s and sunny. Guests are wet wading with quick dry pants and water shoes but waders are good to have in case it rains. It’s always wise to bring a rain jacket! You can generally expect a little wind especially in the lower part of section 3 and the afternoon thunderstorms seem to be a regular event this time of year…

Hatches & Fly Suggestions
The mid-afternoon fishing seems to have backed off a little with morning fishing success on the increase. There are still lots of bugs out and about including caddis, PMD’s, Hoppers and assorted Terrestrials and “other” bugs like bee’s, lace wings, dragon flies and crane flies. The fish are still looking up. Keep throwing Caddis, smaller Stones, Hoppers and Ant/Beetle type foam in fast water and on the faster grassy banks. There are still an enormous amount of caddis, midges and PMD’s out in the late evenings. Try using Caddis imitations like Stimi’s and Royal Stimi’s; stone imitations like Chubby’s and mini Chubby’s and Berrett’s stonefly or ant; Mayfly imitators like #14 PMD Sparkle Duns and Purple Haze; and, Hopper type flies like the Rainy’s Hopper. An emerger like the Film Critic or Brook’s Sprout PMD in size #16-18 or a unweighted Pheasant Tail or Split Casing Emerger size #18-22 is also a good choice if fishing tandem. The pre-sunrise Mutant Stonefly hatch is starting to pick up. Skittering a large stone imitation pre-dawn can provoke some awesome takes!

As usual Nymphing is the go-to when slow using tan and dark brown (#4-6) Pat’s Rubber leg type flies as a top fly and are then using another smaller rubber leg, olive Psycho May, Devil Jig, Flash Back’s, Jake’s Dbl Money, a purple Batman or Jake’s Pheasant Tail nymph as a dropper. All of these in smaller sizes make good droppers on large foam set ups.

Streamer fishing has remained strong. Instagram from all South Fork outfitters show some awesome fish netted on all sections. With the awesome top water fishing it’s hard to make the switch but it was well worth it with awesome chases and hard charging takes. Silvey’s Sculpin, Dbl Bunny, Peanut Envy’s, Flash Fry Minnows, Mini Dungeon, Sparkle Minnow, Laser Legal’s, Phillipe’s Flu Shot and the Lil Kim are all good choices. Cloud cover is your friend but is not always a must. Work through your colors and retrieves until you find what works. I found water speed to be more important than color or cloud cover last time I was out with fish mostly in fast water…My current streamer set up is a Sage X 7wt with Rio Aqualux line. A similar rig either 6 or 7wt utilizing a sink tip or full sinking line seems to work best in the faster water

South Fork Outfitters shop hours are 7am-7pm. Call 208 483 2112 Ext 30 or (888) 451-0156 to book a trip. We have our summer gear from SIMMS, Patagonia, MFC, Sage, Ouray, Redington, Hatch and Loop. Fishing All-inclusive packages are available which makes travel convenient. All-inclusive packages are available which makes travel convenient.

Our summer camp in the South Fork Canyon is a bucket list trip. Dates are booking fast on what can be the trip of a lifetime. This is a fun alternative for groups of up to 8ppl. It can be an awesome team building adventure for a small corporate group or a fun way to get the whole family together and “Live Stream” the South Fork Outfitters way! Call our reservations line for more information.

The River Side Bar and Grill in Swan Valley opens at 4pm for drinks and 5pm for dinner service daily. Reservations are required and Patio seating is limited to Lodge Guests and reservation diners given seating priority. As usual, we have a number of buyout groups in house this summer so please call first. For Lodging or Dining inquiries (208) 483-2112 ext 10.

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The South Fork Initiative (501c3) arm of the Henry’s Fork Foundation has a busy summer schedule in the works! Check out their website or call 208-652-3567. For more information on conservation efforts on one of the best dry fly rivers in the US, contact Brady Taylor at brady@henrysfork.org. Follow SFI on Instagram @southforksnake.

South Fork Outfitter’s Public Shuttles are run by a non-South Fork Lodge/Outfitters private company- South Fork Shuttle Service. To book a shuttle or for any issues related to shuttles please call South Fork Shuttle Service directly (208) 709 6750. Note: all vehicles left unattended at the Slide (Irwin North) and Irwin South access are being ticketed. South Fork Shuttle Service and Julie’s Shuttle Service (208) 483-2903 will not run shuttles there.


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