The South Fork has really picked up over the last week! There are Skwala Stoneflies flying in the Canyon and the trout are looking for them on the surface. BWO’s are also popping and some fish are moving into the riffles and keying on them. The best surface action has been in the lower Canyon where water temperatures are close to 50 degrees.
The Upper section in Swan Valley is fishing well too. This is mostly a nymphing affair with Mysis Shrimp, eggs, and San Juan worms producing the best. Trout are stacked below Palisades Dam and the Rainbows are spawning. Remember that if you catch any of these ‘bows to harvest them to help out the Cutthroat!
Flows out of the Dam are steady at 10,500 cfs and look to remain there for the near future. Water clarity is 3-4 ft right below the Dam. Palisades Creek is dumping muddy water and clarity below there is 2-3 ft in green water, plenty for the fish to see.
Best Flies: #10-12 Bullethead Skwala, #16-18 BWO Cripples, #14-16 Pruett’s Mysis, #16 Eggs, #12-14 Rock Worms, #6-10 Rubberlegs