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Henry’s Fork 6/29/2017

Hello anglers,

As most of you know, the Henry’s Fork is the main game around. Though the crowds have been thicker than normal, the fishing remains pretty good. There are plenty of willing fish sitting in the riffles eating a whole variety of insects from caddis, pmd’s, flav’s, yellow sally’s, and some left over green and grey drake emergence, grey’s being the more prolific of the two. The flav’s have been a pretty good meal ticket at times, so my tips for success would be to fish a size 16 caddis, trailed by a pmd emerger or flav about 2 feet apart, and make sure to be on the river by 9 or 10 a.m. at the latest. 2 feet might sound like a lot, but keeping your 2 bugs further apart makes for a better presentation, and reduces pile ups. I generally fish a leader of over 10 feet this time a year, because of angling pressure and clear water, which can make for some tougher fishing. That being said, I still fish these fish on a 4x leader, because they are strong fish, and a good presentation is worth more than tippet size. Fishing into the evenings this time of year is one of my favorite things to do because fish seem to be a little less hesitant to take a dry. So if you can’t make it out early, dont worry, there are still plenty of fish to catch in the evening as well.

In between riffles I would make sure to fish a golden stone fly in a size 6 or 8 to the banks on a 2 x leader, but mostly through the buckets and riffles in the middle of the river. You can add a nymph dropper for increased chances of success, or tag one of the aforementioned bugs behind it, dry. Most of the golden stones are going to be found from the Ora bridge, down to the backwaters at Chester dam. The bugs are plentiful right now, so you should be able to have decent success.

For patterns to fish, come in and see us, and we would be more than happy to give you some local recommendations.

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South Fork 6-27-17

As of today, Palisades Reservoir is 97% full. More water is coming into it from above (the river, creeks, Grey’s River, and Salt River) than is leaving.  So expect high water to continue for a while. Today 23000 cfs is leaving the dam which increases to 24700 cfs at Heise.

We are all interested in when the flow out of Palisades Dam will decrease significantly.  So we will continue to post South Fork flow reports here.

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South Fork 6-10-17

22400 cfs is currently flowing out of Palisades Dam. No wonder the river below looks like a milk shake!  Fish likely cannot even see San Juan worm patterns as they go whizzing by in the watery gloom. Go somewhere else to fish for now.

Here’s an overview of South Fork run-off situation.

Flow out of Jackson Lake is up to 6500 cfs and Buffalo Fork, Hoback, Grey’s and Salt Rivers are running high making inflow to Palisades about 41000 cfs.  Currently  Palisades Res. is 70% full and Jackson Lake is about 87% full, not leaving enough room in both reservoirs to catch projected run-off.   Thus inflow to Palisades is about double outflow with run-off peaks yet to be reached. In the near future release profiles from both reservoirs will depend on run-off forecasts and flood control requirements.  We will keep on top of this South Fork run-off situation and report here how it looks for the river to come into good fishing condition.

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Henry’s Fork 5-31-17

The main event here is big stoneflies hatching on the lower river. To be sure presenting big dries brings great returns, but it seems that every fly-fisher around, whether wading or boating, is on the lower river.  This presence will soon happen on Box Canyon where nymphs are moving and such as rubber leg patterns are working well. Downstream from Riverside Campground would be a good location in the upcoming days to enjoy fish responding to the drifting big stoneflies. You might have to put up with boat traffic, but such will not be as concentrated as on the lower river or that which will happen soon in Box Canyon.

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Stillwater goes as the weather goes

Stillwater fishing has been very tough on area reservoirs since ice out. The cold weather has been keeping water temperatures way down and bug activity to a minimum. Of all the lakes Springfield has been fishing best, although even that hasn’t been very good. If you go to springfield, small chironomids and leeches have been best. We really need water temperatures to get and stay above 50 degrees before things really get going. Once that happens, look for chironomids to start popping on all area reservoirs and fishing to drastically improve.

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Henry’s Fork 4-4-17

Although some midges and some BWOs are on the surface, presenting nymph patterns in the lower river above Chester seems the most productive approach lately.  Streamers also bring responses from trout, especially under low light conditions.  Look for Fall River, with flow at Yellowstone canal diversion more than double normal, to increase flows significantly and add discolor to the river below Chester.

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Henry’s Fork 10-29-16

As with the South Fork BWO activity is bringing good action for the dry fly  enthusiast throughout the river. On the lower river presenting streamer patterns is the best way to encounter large browns and rainbows.  A temporary flow increase is going on in the river below Chester Dam and the Fall  River confluence where storms have significantly increased the Fall River inflow.  This inflow will soon decrease unless storms continue in the Fall River drainage.

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Henry’s Lake 10-13-16

Henry’s has not been its usual fall self lately. We have had storm fronts roll in every couple of days along with high winds that have kept the lake off color and the fish tight lipped. If the weather is consistent the fishing has been better. The surface temps on the lake yesterday were in the low to mid forties, so the temperature is certainly right for better fishing.

The shallows around the northwest corner and the State Park have been best. If the water is off color, use a larger darker leech pattern and cover as much water as possible. If your fishing the State Park specifically, guys have been having success with larger chironomid pupa under indicators.

Hopefully the weather will allow us some of the great fall fishing were all used to!

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Henry’s Lake 9-15-16

Henry’s is showing signs of improvement, but overall fishing remains pretty tough. The key has been finding fish, if you can do that, the fish have been pretty willing. Wind storms have pounded the lake this late summer/early fall and combined with the blue/green algae bloom, half the battle has been finding clean water. The good news is with the cooling temperatures, the algae is disappearing and the weeds are dying off.

Now for the fishing……Concentrate your efforts in fairly shallow water (10ft and less) with type II and intermediate lines. There is still a fair amount of weeds present but don’t let that discourage you. The best fishing has been in amongst the weeds. Prospect with fly patterns until you find something thats working. All the traditional leech patterns (california leech, hot chocolate, Brown CB, Olive CB, mohair leeches, etc…..)  have been working in sizes 6 & 8. Later in the day switch over to scuds, mighty mouse, HL renegade, and other smaller flies. If your into drifting with flies, there have been some large fish caught recently drifting between Targhee Creek and the State Park. Use a fairly fast sinking line if your planning to drift that area.

We have also had quite a few people calling and asking if the cutthroats have moved into the state park area, and the answer is not yet… That could happen any day now though so I would check it if your on the lake. The water temps are right and it feels like the lake is just about to go off, lets hope its soon!

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South Fork 9-3-16

Flow out of Palisades Dam was dropped to about 9500 cfs last Tuesday. That’s still a bit higher than normal, and Palisades Reservoir is at about 27% of capacity. That percentage means more drops in flow are coming soon and for sure. Slamming the banks with chernobyl and hopper patterns and hopper-dropper combinations and two-nymph rigs drifted into riffles seem to be most productive ways to fishing success currently.  Early AMs are the times when mutant stonefly patterns are successful.

Be aware that there is a fire in Black Canyon at the end of the river road above Heise.

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