South Fork Lodge Fishing Report

June 14th Report

South Fork Lodge Fishing Report

A Note From Kevin
The Palisades Reservoir outflow is ~12,000cfs. Per the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), they say the water flows will rise to approximately 13-14,000cfs and could hit 16,000cfs depending on run-off and rain. Hard to believe that might be true and the 18,000cfs of March may have been the season high. We will see….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 85% of capacity per today's USDA data

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Fishing Conditions at a Glance
Water Flow: ~11,700cfs +- at Irwin (6/12)
Water Temperature: 48F
Webcam: The South Fork Lodge webcam is now online! Check out live South Fork conditions here!
Weather: Weather Underground shows temperatures in the mid 60’s and low 70’s all next week. You still need to plan day by day. You may get a few hours of shirt only weather but just a little breeze can change that pretty quick. Base layer clothing is wise

Hatches & Fly Suggestions
The water has a little green color in it but is still fishing very well. We’ve had a lot of guided trips and guides out fun fishing and all reports are very good. The 3,000CFS water increase only slowed fishing when the wave first came down river and by the next day it was already fishing again. Don’t forget the South Fork Tributaries like Rainey, Fall, Palisades and Pine Creek are closed the month of June! Fishing results have been a mixed bag of Cuts, Browns, Rainbow, Hybrid’s and Whities. Currently it’s a nymph and streamer game out there but we are seeing more surface feeding with midges and Blue Wing Olives in the air and on the water. There were plenty of approximately #12 black flying ants all around the Lodge this week- I’m sure some made it to the water…! I’m seeing some boats fishing the dry/dropper rig already.

Nymphing is a very good option with this clarity. Many guides have been using dark brown medium to large (#4-6) Pat’s Rubber leg type flies as a top fly and are then using Jig hook and flashy bead nymphs like Keller’s Peach Fuzz, Brillon’s Orange Crush, Brillon’s Rabid Pink Squirrel, the Devil Jig and flies like the Lucent Pheasant Tails Pink. A #14-16 Zebra midge in darker brown, olive or black still is a good choice as well. The fish seem to be moving away from the walking pace water to the edges of faster riffles and the drops below them.
I haven’t heard of anyone having big streamer days but I finally picked up a few cuts on a Goldie Tuesday during my short Bridge to Conant float. Mini Dungeons, Sparkle Minnow, Olive Circus Peanut, the Laser Legal, Phillipe’s Flu Shot and the Lil Kim are all good choices as well.

It’s a good time to explore the Blackfoot Resv for Carp, Ririe Resv for Bass and the Henry’s Fork and lower South Fork for Salmon Flies and Green Drakes.


South Fork Outfitters shop hours are 8:am-6pm and The Fly Shop is open year round. 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.

Come join us June 15th from 2-6pm at the South Fork Outfitters shop for Sage Days The Sage bus will be here with all the latest rods/reels/gear to demo, BBQ and a good time!

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.

The new South Fork Lodge webcam has been installed and will be online soon! The camera will be featured in this report soon.

Check us out on Instagram at @nrsouthforklodge

The South Fork Initiative (501c3) arm of the Henry’s Fork Foundation is moving forward! The first Sonde is here and has been installed! Live water report links will be added soon. The South Fork Initiative is planning a big fundraising event here at South Fork Lodge July 26th. Tickets are $250ea and will feature auction items and great food. This is a great way to support your river and help the South Fork Initiative lead the way to protecting our watershed. Click here for call 208-652-3567 to purchase event tickets. For more information on conservation efforts on one of the best dry fly rivers in the US, contact Brady Taylor at [email protected]

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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