South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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June 2016

Henry’s Fork 06-27-16

The fishing on the Henry’s Fork on the lower section is starting to slow down and be an early morning and late evening game due to the hot water. The upper Henry’s Fork from Harriman State Park and up has been fishing well. The lower section has been most consistent with Caddis in the evening and a few mayflies in the mornings. Harriman has been fishing well with PMDs and Box Canyon has been fishing well with nymphs even though the river has been raised to 1300 cfs.

Flies I would use:

Dry Flies: Rusty Biot Spinner size 16 & 18, CDC PMD Thorax Dun 18, Elk Hair Caddis Tan 14,

Nymphs: Bennett’s Rubber Leg Brown size 10, Psycho Prince size 16, Pheasant Tail size 16, Bead-Headed Crystal Pheasant Tail size 16 & 18.

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South Fork 6-27-16

The South Fork is a lot like Sizzler right now. The Salmon Flies are starting to go in the lower canyon section of the South Fork. Furthermore, Green Drakes, Yellow Sallies, and PMDs are coming off around noon in the riffles from Cottonwood/Fulmer down. While many dry flies are coming off on the lower section of the South Fork, the upper section from Palisades Damn down to Spring Creek has been fishing excellent with nymphs and streamers. Also, there are starting be a few mayflies in the afternoon.

Flies I would use:

Nymphs: Bennett’s Brown Rubber Leg size 6 & 8, San Juan Worm size 10, Red Copper John size 14, Super Flash size 14.

Streamers: Gallop’s Yellow Dungeon, Kreelix Copper/Gold, Gallop’s White Peanut Envy, Sparkle Minnow, Flash Minnow.

Dry Flies: John’s CFO Yellow Sallie size 14,  Green Drake Wulff size 10, Kyle’s Yellow Sallie size 12, Olive Hare’s Ear Parachute size 12, Super Chernobyl Golden size 6 (A.K.A Chubby), Brett’s Salmon Fly size 4, CW Pink Albert Dun size 16

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Still Water 6-25-16

Damselfly activity on Daniels Reservoir provides the best action on our irrigation reservoirs. Activity remains relatively slow on Chesterfield and Twenty-Four Mile Reservoirs. Springfield Reservoir is mossing up meaning that a great strategy is to fish dry damselfly patterns over channels through the weeds. Looking for an out-of-the-way still water? Consider Teardrop Lake. It’s just off the Fish Creek Road not far from the Yellowstone Park west boundary and good for flotation devices.  Like so many of our reservoirs it is stocked with rainbows, and holdovers grow to good sizes. Standard stuff like small leech and scud patterns work well as do damselfly and speckled dun life cycle patterns.

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Small Streams 6-25-16

Some of our small streams including South Fork tributaries and the upper Blackfoot River will not open until July 1st to protect spawning cutthroat trout. But now is a good time to try other small streams, and here is why. June of this year had much less than normal rainfall throughout the region and its remainder looks the same.  We are entering the driest part of the year with most small streams already at or near base level.

There is an increasing demand for information on fishing out-of-the-way waters. We therefore stay tuned to conditions on these waters and report here what we learn. Mornings and evenings are  good times to enjoy PMD activity on the Fort Hall Reservation ( be sure to have a Reservation license!) spring creeks. Currently, we can recommend trying any of Idaho’s Salt River tribs, Palisades Reservoir tribs, Warm River, Portneuf River, and Sinks drainage streams. On all these caddisfly and yellow sally life cycle and traditional dry and wet attractor patterns always work well. Mayfly life cycle patterns are more effective on some streams than on others. We can provide information on this condition. Anyway, it appears that the upcoming weeks could be a great time to fish many of our smaller streams, and we can help you make a choice!

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Yellowstone Park 6-21-16

Good news for all you Beula Lake fans. The Ashton-Flagg Ranch Road is open. It’s a bit rough in places, so drive your vehicle accordingly. In the early season damselfly nymph and small leech patterns work best here. Cinnamon caddis, speckled dun, and damselfly emergences are not far away. Access to Fall River is also open at several places along the Ashton-Flagg Road. River flow is low for the time of year because April was warm enough to melt a good amount of snow at higher elevation.  Dry fly fishing is good along the river with PMDs, yellow sallies, caddisflies, and some green drakes emerging. Wind blown giant and golden stoneflies will bring trout to the surface.   Compare the visits to Fall River Basin with those to the Yellowstone and Madison drainages within the Park, and you will see why the Basin is such a great place to fly-fish. We can provide information for fishing Fall River Basin throughout the fishing season. It’s at your finger tips if you get in touch with us!

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South Fork 06-20-16

The South Fork is starting to get fish looking up on dry flies. Since the flows have really settled down at Heise, flowing 13,900cfs, the Green Drakes and Yellow Sallies are starting to fish well in the afternoon from Byington down. Nymph fishing has been excellent throughout the whole river with bugs starting to move around more. The streamer fishing has been excellent on the Upper South Fork from the Damn down to Spring Creek. Lastly, I would give the South Fork a few more days in this warm weather before the big bugs to start popping on the lower South Fork.

Flies I would take with me:

Nymphs: Bennett’s Brown Rubber Leg size 6 & 8, San Juan Worm size 10, Red Copper John size 14, Super Flash size 14.

Streamers: Gallop’s Yellow Dungeon, Kreelix Copper/Gold, Gallop’s White Peanut Envy, Sparkle Minnow, Flash Minnow.

Dry Flies: John’s CFO Yellow Sallie size 14,  Green Drake Wulff size 10, Kyle’s Yellow Sallie size 12, Olive Hare’s Ear Parachute size 12, Super Chernobyl Golden size 10 (A.K.A Chubby)

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Henry’s Fork 06-20-16

Despite this warm weather and warmer water temperatures, the Henry’s Fork has been fishing well in the morning and in the evenings. The Green Drakes have still been coming off in the morning with fish looking for them. Along with the Green Drakes, there is still a good PMD spinner fall in the morning and evenings. Also, the nymph fishing in the slots and behind rocks has been working. Lastly, the Caddis fishing has been the best in the evenings right before dark with a lot of fish looking up.

Flies I would use:

Dry Flies: Rusty Biot Spinner size 16 & 18, CDC PMD Thorax Dun 18, Elk Hair Caddis Tan 14, Green Drake Wulff 10.

Nymphs: Bennett’s Rubber Leg Brown size 10, Psycho Prince size 16, Pheasant Tail size 16, Bead-Headed Crystal Pheasant Tail size 16 & 18.

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Still Waters 6-18-16

Daniels and Hawkins reservoirs seem to offer the best fishing of irrigation reservoirs to the southeast. Damselflies are beginning to emerge on these.  Have you fished Teardrop Lake?  It’s just off the upper Fish Creek Road. It hosts brook trout but has been stocked with rainbow trout, some of which hold over. Standard still water patterns (damselfly life cycle, leech, scud, speckled dun life cycle) should work well.

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Small Streams 6-18-16

Nearly all eastern Idaho small streams are in good fishing shape.  This includes all sinks drainage streams, Palisades Reservoir tributaries (tribs), Henry’s Fork tribs, Fall River and its tribs, Portneuf River, Salt River tribs, and Warm River and its tribs. Generalized aquatic insect emergence for these streams include caddisfly, golden stonefly, PMD, yellow sallies.  So use life cycle patterns for these as well as traditional attractor patterns. Exceptions to good fishing conditions are some Teton River tribs draining west slope of the Teton Range. Flow in Big Lost River below Mackay Dam is dropping but at over 500 cfs makes for tough wading. South Fork tribs and the Blackfoot River and tribs above the reservoir do not open for fishing until July 1st.

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