South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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South Fork 6-8-19

Flow out of Palisades Dam is about 8900 cfs  (10200 cfs at Heise,  3340 cfs at Lorenzo)  and looks to be at that level for a while. Palisades Reservoir is about 65% full. Compared to the fishing pressure currently on the Henry’s Fork, there is very little here, and fishing is quite good up and down the river.    Streamers work well when presented over drop-offs.  Rubber legs seem to bring the most action and do even better when trailed by a San Juan Worm or small bead head nymph.  No really good top water action yet, but a few riffles do have some BWO activity.

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Henry’s Fork 6-4-19

The big fly-fishing event in the area, as expected this time of year, is  giant and golden stone fly emergence. The big bugs should be flying & egg dropping as far upstream as Riverside by now.   With the predicted good weather  for next few ays, they are likely to be soon doing the same in Box Canyon. Best dry fly strategy for finding where fish are taking them is to walk or boat down to where they are rising.   Some big stonefly activity is also ongoing in the lower river, but early and late day caddis activity seems to be just as interesting to resident trout.

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Henry’s Fork 5-25-19

From just above Chester backwaters to Bear Gulch in lower Cardiac Canyon stonefly nymphs are moving big time, and some are on the shoreline just waiting for enough sunshine to molt into adults, make whoopee, and go back to the water to lay eggs.  If you have any connections with ” Ma Nature” try to convince her to produce enough sunshine to warm us up so all these big bugs get going!  Trout and fly-fishers are waiting!

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Still Waters 5-25-19

Chesterfield is coming around in offering good fishing.   Chironomids are providing some action. So are small leech patterns fished deep.  Water temps are in the hi 40’s in Degrees Fahrenheit, so it will take a stretch of good weather to bring on better fishing. No word yet on fishing at 24-Mile Reservoir, but Hawkins is good ( Leeches & Midge life cycle patterns), but gets crowded  during this long weekend.

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Yellowstone Park 5-25-19

Fishing season opens today.  The Firehole will provide the best fishing with BWOs making resident fish active. Use life cycle patterns beginning with nymphs early (unless there are a good amount of rise forms) and changing over to emerger and dun patterns as the day advances. Although the Madison is running a bit high, BWOs are doing the same in the river along the West Entrance Road, so use same strategy as on the Firehole.  Also for both rivers be sure to have a few streamer patterns in that fly box.

Look for all other streams in the park to be running high for some time. This is because of  last winter’s copious snowfall beginning to run off.

Another thought: the park weather is likely cold and stormy, so bring appropriate gear.

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Upcoming Events 5-21-19

Memorial Day weekend is upcoming.  Many folks are wondering if the cool, wet weather has made back country roads passable and if certain campgrounds are open. Certainly you can try USFS web sites such as that for Caribou-Targhee National Forest, but up to date information may not always be present on these. For up to date information on Caribou-Targhee National Forest roads and campgrounds try the following offices:

Caribou-Targhee National Forest   208-524-7500

Ashton Ranger Station                      208-652-7443

Island Park Ranger Station              208-558-7301

Palisades District Ranger                  208-523-1412

Teton Basin Ranger                            208-354-2312

For up to date fishing information, we keep our web site fishing report current as much as possible. So let us help in deciding where to fish this upcoming weekend and check with the above offices to see if you can get there.

 

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Henry’s Fork 5-21-19

Stonefly

Everyone is anticipating the big stonefly event, and it will happen for sure. However, Mother Nature has decided to put it in the “delay mode” by giving us cool and rainy weather for a while. Nymphs are moving, so any rubber leg, wooly bugger, or stonefly pattern fished not far out in the river will bring interest from resident trout.  Any adult stonefly out now, if any, is hunkering down waiting for enough warmth to give it some “get up and go.” When warmer weather happens you will see bugs flying and soon after rise forms in the river that will make top water fishing hard to resist.  Just be patient!

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Yellowstone Park 5-21-19

Yellowstone Park fishing licenses, all classes, and regulations arrived in the shop yesterday. Park fishing season opens Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.  Firehole River will likely provide the best fishing with caddis and BWO life cycle patterns being the best choices to present.

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