South Fork Lodge Fishing Report

October 10th Report

South Fork Lodge Fishing Report

A Note From Kevin
The Palisades Reservoir outflow ~3,250cfs. Check for predictions and the USGS and USBR sites below for the most up to date water flow information. We expect flows to continue to drop as irrigation needs end. Flows are headed towards the winter ~900cfs range by early November. The Rivercast app is my new 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 70% of capacity per USDA data

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Fishing Conditions at a Glance
Water Flow: ~3,332cfs +- at Irwin (10/9)
Water Temperature: 48-50F
Webcam: The South Fork Lodge webcam is now online! Check out live South Fork conditions here!
Weather: Weather Underground shows mixed temperatures from the 40’s to 50’s. The leaves are starting to change and the Brown’s are buttering up. The weather report shows an increase in rain, a chance of snow and waders are a thing again…yuck!

Hatches & Fly Suggestions
With cooler weather and a mix of sunshine, rain and cloud cover, the fishing has been up and down throughout the day with drizzle days fishing well. Many guides have been using the full gamut of dries, nymphs and streamers to get through the day. We’ve seen the return of Blue Wing Olives, a few October Caddis and some small Hoppers around. The bugs for the most part are all a little smaller in the fall. Size 16 or smaller dries like Adams, Royal Wulff, Sparkle Duns and Tailwater Humpies are good flies to try and also emerger’s like the BWO Film Critic especially when its overcast or later in the day. Fish seem to be concentrated in the foam.

Nymphing is the go-to when fishing slows using tan and dark brown (#6-8) 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, RS2’s, or Jake’s Pheasant Tail nymph as a dropper. All of these in smaller sizes make good droppers on larger foam dry/dropper set ups.

Streamers are a fun Fall choice with brown’s especially becoming more aggressive pre-spawn. Rusty trombone (olive/gold) is always a go-to for me. Peanut Envy’s in black, olive or white, Gallup’s sump in rusty or olive, 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 and as temps cool the fish will start to move back to slower runs and back eddies.

Now is the time to fish American Falls and the Snake below Idaho Falls. These areas have produced the biggest fish I’ve ever caught on a fly and should be on everyone’s list of places to fish. Book now as the window to fish is getting smaller…

South Fork Outfitters shop hours are 8am-6pm. Call 208 483 2112 Ext 30 or (888) 451-0156 to book a trip. We’ve added some Fall base layers and still have gear from SIMMS, Patagonia, MFC, Sage, Rio, Ouray, Redington, Hatch and Loop with closeouts on all Hardy equipment. Fishing All-inclusive packages are available which makes travel convenient.

The River Side Bar and Grill in Swan Valley opens at 4pm for drinks and 5-8pm for dinner service daily. Reservations are required. Our closing date this year will be October 21st; Lodge Guests and Dinner Reservation diners are given seating priority. Patio space and weather conditions dictate outdoor dining availability please call first for a reservation. For Lodging or Dining inquiries (208) 483-2112 ext 10.

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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