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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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South Fork 06-16-16

The fishing on the South Fork continues to improve and get better. The flows are still high but stable coming out of the damn near Irwin at 14,000 cfs. The fishing has still been best with nymphs, and the stone fly nymphs are beginning to move even more on the South Fork causing the fish to move. Also, Streamer Fishing continues to get better with a bright steamer. Lastly, I would start to look for dry flies such as Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes, and Blue Wing Olives on the lower section of the 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, Thorax Blue Wing Olive size 16, Green Drake Wulff size 10

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Henry’s Fork 06-16-16

The Henry’s Fork still continues to fish well with Green Drakes, PMD’s, and Caddis. The mornings and evenings have seen a good PMD fall with rusty spinners. Green Drakes have been fishing the best in about mid day, and even fishing them blind has worked if you don’t see any of them coming off. If all else fails fishing a dry fly, the nymph fishing in the slots and behind rocks will produce a couple of fish. Lastly, the fishing right before dark with Caddis has been good.

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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South Fork 06-13-15

The South Fork has dropped even more to 13,900 cfs at Irwin and 14,200 cfs at Heise. The fishing is beginning to pick up since this drop in flows. The best fishing has been with nymphs under an indicator, and with a bright streamer of some sort. Also, small dry flies such as BWO’s are out and with a little overcast you could have a great day fishing them. Lastly, on the lower south fork, I would be on the look out for Yellow Sallies and Green Drakes to start coming off.

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, Thorax Blue Wing Olive size 16, Green Drake Wulff size 10

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Henry’s Fork 06-13-16

Fishing Green Drakes on the Henry’s Fork has a been good. The best fishing with the Green Drakes has been from about 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m during a bright sunny day. Along with the drakes, there has been a good PMD spinner fall in the morning and in the evenings. On the lower Henry’s Fork, there has been a dead period between 2:00 p.m. to about 5:30ish during the hottest part of the day. Then, fishing has been good right at dark with caddis. Lastly, a friendly reminder that Harriman State Park, the Ranch, is open on Wednesday, June 15th.

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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South Fork 6-9-16

The South Fork is starting to drop from its high flow. It is now currently running at 16,500 cfs compared to yesterdays 17,500 cfs at Irwin. The flow is still high at this level, but it will allow for easier and a bit safe access fishing the river with less logs and gravel being moved around. The river still has a green tint in it, which could create some excellent streamer fishing on the banks. Also, the fishing will be good with nymphs. With the flows dropping this week on the South Fork, I would start to look for small dry fly action with Blue Wing Olives, Yellow Sallies, and possibly Green Drakes.

Flies I would take on the South Fork:

Nymphs: Bennett’s Brown Rubber-leg size 6 & 8, Squirmy Wormy Pink size 12 & 14, Olive Hares Ear size 16, Psycho Prince size 14

Streamers: Gallop’s White Peanut Envy, Kreelix copper/gold, Sparkle Minnow Sculpin, Gallop’s Dungeon Yellow

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Henry’s Fork 6-9-16

The Henry’s Fork has Green Drakes on it from Warm River to Fun Farm bridge, and the fish are starting to eat them. Also, there is a good spinner fall in the mornings, and then later in the evenings the fishing has been good with Caddis. A few golden stones are still around and can be used to catch fish out in the middle of the river behind rocks. If there seems to be no action on the surface, I would head to deep troughs and try your luck with nymphs.

Dry Flies: Rusty Biot Spinner size 16 & 18, Green Drake Wulff size 10, Improved-X Caddis Tan or Olive size 16, Super Chernobyl Golden Yellow size 10

Nymphs: Red Copper John size 16, Bennett’s Brown Rubber-leg size 8 & 10, Psycho Prince size 16, Pheasant Tail nymph size 16 & 18

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Today’s at Jimmy’s 6-8-16

Something new at Jimmy’s is the women’s section. The shop has expanded its women’s section with new technical clothing/jackets from Simms and Patagonia, new summer footwear from Simms, and finally wading gear from Redington, Simms, and Patagonia. The fishing wear looks great and stop by to see the new women’s section. FullSizeRende

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South Fork 06-06-16

The South Fork has been fishing well with nymphs throughout the whole river. Although the river has been raised to 16200 cfs and will continue to stay at this high level for a week. Because the river is high, lots of logs and other structure are floating through the river. I recommend floating the river up in Swan Valley for a much safer trip and the nymph fishing has been best there. Lastly, the streamer fishing has been best with a bright colored streamers along the banks.

Flies for the South Fork:

Nymphs: Pats Brown Rubber Leg size 6, Red Copper John size 14, Psycho Prince size 14

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

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Henry’s Fork 06-06-2016

The fishing has been good on the Henry’s Fork. The Salmon flies are finished, but the Golden-stone fishing has been good from Stone Bridge down to Fun Farm bridge. Also in that section, I would start to look for Green Drake and Flavs from mid-day on. There has been a good pmd spinner fall in the morning and then with good Caddis fishing right before dark. Finally, if all else seems to fail for dry fly fishing, you could put on nymphs and fish the slots and rocks out in the middle of the river.

Flies that I would use on the those sections are:

Dry  Flies:

Super Chernobyl Golden Yellow size 8 & 10, Olive Hares Ear Parachute Adams size 12, D&D Cripple Green Drake size 10, Rusty Biot Spinner size 16 & 18, Improved X Caddis Tan & Olive size 14 &16

Nymphs:

Pats Tan/Brown Rubber Leg size 8, Red Copper John size 16, Psycho Prince size 18, Crystal Golden Stone size 10

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