South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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June 2010

Henry’s Fork 6/29

Wow! Fishing on the Henry’s Fork is soooooo goooood! This is the place to be if you love to fish dry flies. Every bug is out and fish are feeding! Golden Stones, Pale Morning Duns, Caddis, Green and Grey Drakes. The mayflies are hatching in the mid day and the Grey Drakes are hatching on the lower river in the evenings. The on down fall to great fishing is crowds. Everyone be nice to each other and remember its just fishing, common sense goes a long way, but so does saying “Hey I’m sorry.” For an up to the minute report call the shop and we can get you lined out.

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South Fork 6/29

Flows this morning on the South Fork out of Irwin is at 16,300 cfs. Inflow to Palisades Reservoir has dropped and we have been informed that flows on the South Fork will decrease to 13,000 cfs. by the weekend. With this drop in flows expect the water to really start to warm up and the bug activity to start increasing. The name of the game is still nymphing, a rubberleg with some sort of dropper. If you read this report often you will already know that I prefer some type bead head nymph dropped 18-24 inches below the rubberleg. The dropper really doesn’t mater but my favorites are Prince Nymph, Red Copper John, and the Redemption nymph. The distance from your indicator to your first fly is critical this time of year. A general rule is about 7-8 feet, but with the high water I have been fishing 9-10 feet. Fish will begin to move into the pour overs and riffles as the water drops. No word on the Stonefly hatch but we will keep you updated as soon as we hear something from a reliable source. Be careful from Byington to Lorenzo, the South Channel is not passable, there is not enough water to float it. Be sure to check out the side channels before you float so you don’t get stuck. Good luck and be safe.

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Henry’s Lake 6-28-10

Been kind of slow here according to folks we have talked to lately.   But  on a normal year, damselfly nymphs begin moving big time about now.   This activity was  slow to develop last year, and with the lake still relatively cool, same could happen this year.  If we hear of damselflies getting active and fish chasing them, we’ll report it here.

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Still Waters 6-28-10

Best fishing is at Chesterfield Reservoir. Try black & tan leeches and halloweens fairly deep and trail them with a mercury midge (size 12) about 18″ behind. Fish are taking damselfly nymphs sporadically on Daniels and Twenty-Four Mile reservoirs.   Some big trout are being caught in deeper water by the dam at Hawkins Reservoir.  Use the same set-up we described for Chesterfield.  Fishing with damselfly nymphs should pick up just about everywhere very soon now, so where ever you visit be sure to have these in the fly box.  Want to try an out of the way place safe for youngsters and holding eager fish? Paul Reservoir in Clark County west of Interstate-15 is a great candidate. Take the Humphrey Exit just this side of Monida Pass. Go under the highway , then turn right. For twelve miles you go through ranching country and high desert. You ford a couple of small streams, climb a short grade and emerge at the dam. Paul Reservoir stretches out for about a third of a mile ahead of you, and it is full of cutts ranging to 15″. ——-Have a great time!

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Small Streams 6-28-10

Most of these are in good shape and will be that way for the rest of the summer.  in general, dry attractor patterns will work on nearly all of these. Teton River drainage streams flowing off the Grand Teton Range are  high,  but big stoneflies are out.  Want some great action and a chance for an occasional big cutt or brown?  Try the Salt river tribs: Stump , Crow and Jackknife creeks.  All have meadow reaches where PMDs and green drakes are emerging.  Robinson Creek remains a great small stream to enjoy a multiple hatch situation with caddis, green drakes, PMDs, BWOs, midges and golden stones attracting trout.

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Yellowstone Park 6-28-10

Streams are really shaping up now.  Firehole River has PMDs, BWOs , damselflies, white millers and other caddis. Madison River’s PMD emergence is on-going great guns with some golden stones  also attracting trout.  Fourth of July weekend will be a great time to enjoy the evening brown drake hatches on the Gibbon River and Duck Creek.  Slough brown and green drakes should be starting to emerge, and water is dropping. Fall River Basin streams are high but clear.  Yellow sallys are emerging with PMDs due to start any time.  Bring your DEET if you want to keep your blood supply at the full level! The same applies if you walk into Lewis River channel where streamers are catching big browns.  Juvenile macks and big browns are also hitting  streamers on Shoshone and Lewis lakes.  Big’macks are taking them close to shore on Yellowstone Lake.

Ashton-Flagg Ranch road is entirely open, so Beula Lake and Fall River in Yellowstone Park are accessible.

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Southwestern Montana 6-28-10

Some of best fishing here is on the Beaverhead River where PMDs are coming off big time.  Clark Canyon Res. is improving for fishing midge pupa under indicators, go to water 8-20 feet deep. The Madison River from  Slide Inn to the West Fork is producing  for those using rubberlegs.  Midge pupa patterns under a strike indicator remain the best way to find action on Wade & Cliff lakes .  Look for damselflies to begin soon on Smith Lake,  the upper end of Elk Lake as well as shallows on Cliff & Wade Lakes.

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Southwestern Montana 6-26-10

Want a good still water experience? Try Reservoir Lake north and east of Clark Canyon Reservoir.  Get out on the lake with your choice of boats or float boat and look for shallow water and weedy areas. Not a big body of water, it has a good population of brookies up to 14″ .  They take damselfly nymph patterns, midge pupa and leech patterns with abandon.   It’s a great place for action and to take an entry level person.

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Yellowstone Park 6-26-10

Streams are shaping up nicely. Grayling Creek is fishable.  Duck Creek is fishing well. Use damselfly nymph patterns. Watch for evening brown drakes beginning in about a week. Same will happen on meadow reaches of the Gibbon River.  Fall River Basin streams are dropping, but wet flies remain best.  Some rises to yellow sallys.  Hare’s ear nymphs #10 fished just below surface work well.  Look for PMDs to begin emerging soon there.   The Firehole River is still producing for those using BWO, PMD, and caddis life cycle patterns.  The Madison River PMD hatch goes on.  Green drake emergence on the Lewis River meadow reaches below Lewis Falls is getting going.   Some are also emerging on meadow stretches between Lewis & Shoshone lakes, but pitching streamers there is best bet for action.  Shoshone Lake is great fishing if one gets out to submerged weed beds and uses full-sink line to present scud (olive) and small leech patterns.  Ashton-Flagg Road is not officially open on the west side. Needs to dry out on highest stretches before Beula Lake can be reached from the Idaho side.

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