South branch fishable flows?

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Reeltight
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South branch fishable flows?

Post by Reeltight » Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:00 am

What do you guys think the maximum cfs is to be able to fish the gorge?

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the royal coachman
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Re: South branch fishable flows?

Post by the royal coachman » Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:27 am

Personally, 250 cfs starts to be high for me but it doesn't mean you shouldn't try it. The good thing about the South Branch is it rises and lowers quicker than all the other streams in the area. The bad thing is it discolors quickly and takes a while to clear up but you can adjust techniques technics to deal with this.
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Re: South branch fishable flows?

Post by PortMurrayAng » Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:50 am

Last month, when these crazy flows sent the rivers up and down, I fished the lower section of the KLG when it was around 400, but clear. I did pretty well considering, but lost many flies on the bottom. Wading was tough, but doable if you are careful. When it went back to normal, I got skunked every time!

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Re: South branch fishable flows?

Post by Rusty Spinner » Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:30 am

I prefer under 300 cfs for the KLG myself. The higher it gets, the tougher the wading and access to some of the spots.
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Troutman
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Re: South branch fishable flows?

Post by Troutman » Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:13 pm

I fish bellow the Highbridge dam when the flows are high. Easy to access and plenty of fish
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Re: South branch fishable flows?

Post by BiggerThomas » Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:01 am

Reeltight wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:00 am
What do you guys think the maximum cfs is to be able to fish the gorge?
When the rivers are high and swollen, I fish with a wading stick (usually any sturdy branch I can find stream-side). I rest the branch on a nearby rock or hang it from a tree limb while I'm casting. It gives me some peace of mind during the trip.

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Re: South branch fishable flows?

Post by PortMurrayAng » Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:53 am

Troutman wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:13 pm
I fish bellow the Highbridge dam when the flows are high. Easy to access and plenty of fish
I am looking around this area on Google Maps and see a place called "Mayfly Depository" which is a dumpling restaurant. Anyone ever been? Is it a fly fishing chef?

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Re: South branch fishable flows?

Post by Troutman » Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:34 am

The only dumpling spot that I know that was close to the SBR in that area burnt down. That stretch has alot of fly fisherman there.
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