The flows are down to 13,700 cfs today, still over 4,000 cfs above the average for this date but trending in the right direction as irrigation demand declines. We are seeing just a bit of off color water with the recent flow changes but nothing that has affected the fishing. Palisades reservoir sits at 39% capacity and water managers anticipate hitting single digits in September. Recent rain and cooler weather have helped, fingers crossed to more of that.
The South Fork is in prime summer mode. Here’s a rundown.
- PMD’s mid-day with more riffles appearing as the water drops.
- Caddis in the evenings if you stay out for some after-dinner fishing.
- Ants, beetles and hoppers are working. Hopper dropper on the banks and small ants for picky fish.
- There are still a few Golden Stones around and with the water drops our famous Mutant Stones will be around as well.
If you’re thinking about fishing the South Fork the next few weeks should be very good. I would expect things to slow down a bit in September with lower water in the reservoir especially if we get a string of hot/sunny days.
As always if you need anything stop by either of our fly shops in Swan Valley or give us a call. 208.483.2222.
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