Flow from Ashton Dam is slightly higher than normal, steady, and water has little discolor. Snow depth limits access at some locations, but with warmer weather coming up look for easier approach to the river soon. Right now “midging ” is a great way to find action throughout the lower river. BWOs will start emerging in significant numbers soon. If you prefer to fish streamers, a productive approach has been to swing, dead drift and quartering downstream, black or brown mohair leeches (#6 or #8) on a sink tip or sinking (keep it tight!) line. It’s almost like presenting soft hackled patterns, but for some reason it’s an effective approach this time of year.
This post has been edited from the original post date of 3-6-12 when we made mention of the access difficulties at Ashton dam due to construction. Remember that the Henry’s Fork is closed from Ashton Dam downstream to Vernon bridge until May 26th. Sorry if we confused anyone in our inadvertent attempt to change the fishing regulations!