South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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Henry’s Fork 6-13-15

Seems like everything fishing is early this year, and that is the case with Henry’s Fork green drakes.  Both have been out for a while on the lower river. Now they are out in good numbers on the upper river. Plenty of PMDs, too. The Harriman State Park section of the river opens Monday, June 15th, and you can bet that with good numbers of green drakes out now fish will be keying on them. But here’s a tip: consider trying a big dry stonefly pattern. Want to know why? Yes the stonefly event is over, but a few still hang around, and wind (like we had yesterday) blows them into the Harriman part of the river from Box Canyon above and Cardiac Canyon below.  The older fish know what they are. Need I say more? Same strategy works anywhere canyon reaches  holding big stoneflies are adjacent to habitat favored by green drakes; ie Firehole River, Lewis River, Fall River Basin streams.  Not many gray drakes on the lower river, yet. Let’s see what  kind of numbers will happen in this low water year.

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South Fork 6-12-15

First off, the South Fork has been raised over 6000 Cfs at Irwin and same at Heise in the last four days. Thus, meaning that the gravel bars that were sitting out, will now be a riffle in most spots. The fish should now be sitting in more traditional riffles and in the side channels better then before. I would also not be afraid to fish the troughs and mid river riffles too. Additionally, I would also fish the banks with streamers as much as I could. Lastly, the dry flies have not appeared yet, and I would still wait another week or so to really start looking for big bugs on the lower South Fork. The flies that I would take with me on a trip to the South Fork would be a Bennet’s Seal Brown Rubber Leg size 6 and 8, Pearl Lightning Bug size 14, Psycho Prince Yellow size 14 for nymphs. Streamers would be Krafts Kreelex Minnow copper/gold size 6, Sculpin Sparkle Minnow size 4, and a Gallops Yellow Dungeon size 2. Just to be on the safe side I would take some Pmds such as CFO Morning Dun Spinner size 18, Harrop’s Eye CDC Para Dun Spinner size 18.

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Still Waters 6-9-15

For all reservoirs to the southeast (Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, Springfield, Treasureton, Twenty-Four Mile) the big news is that damselflies are emerging, flying, mating, and laying eggs. This sure makes fly selection easy. Adult and nymph patterns are the essentials on each reservoir.

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Small Streams 6-9-15

Almost every stream not draining high country is in great fishing shape. Teton River drainage is an  exception right now with some west slope run-off coming down.  Also variable flows in the lower Blackfoot River make fishing success just as variable. Almost every other stream is worth a visit, and beginning now for the next several weeks may be the best time of the season for trying these if rainfall becomes less than normal and air temperatures higher than normal.  Get in touch with us to get information on which of these streams are worth visiting at any time.

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South Fork 6-9-15

Flow out of Palisades Dam was bumped up to 10500 cfs early this AM. Right now, mid afternoon, it is up to 11600 cfs. Water temperature there is 49 deg. F. It is 53 in the same degrees at Lorenzo. This warming is one reason why we are seeing golden stonefly nymphs along the lower river.  Might mean adults will fly soon. For now keep trying those rubber leg, yuck bug, golden stone nymph patterns, and your favorite streamers. But with the river warming start looking for PMDs emerging on the lower river.  Looks like dry fly fishing is not far away here, and we will post when it begins to be worthwhile.

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Henry’s Fork 6-06-15

By having the Henry’s Fork running at almost 500 cfs lower flow then normal for this time of year, the hatches are beginning to occur faster from Warm River and down. Pmd’s spinner falls in the morning have been quite successful from about 10 in the morning to about 1 in the after noon. Also, caddis have been prominent in mornings and evenings. Although now with the sighting of Green Drakes, I would make sure to have them along in my box. Additionally, I would also not be afraid to fish a dry dropper with a golden stone and a small nymph. Next, the dry flies I would take are Super Chernobyl Brown size 10, Improved X-Caddis Yellow size 14 and 16, Green Drake Wulff size 10, Harrop’s Rusty Biot Spinner size 16 and 18, and finally a Harrop’s CDC PMD Biot Spinner size 16 and 18. Then for nymphs I would use a Bennet’s Brown Rubber Leg size 8, Copper John Red size 16, and Uv2 Mayfly nymph size 16.

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Yellowstone Park 6-5-15

You can’t beat the Firehole River for good fishing in the Park right now. BWO, PMD, caddis, sally life cycle and soft hackled patterns are the way to go. The Ashton-Flagg Road remains closed beyond Calf Creek Hill, so only skiing will get you into Beula Lake and upper Fall River.  The road also remains closed from the Wyoming (Flagg Ranch) side.  Lewis Lake shoreline is producing some browns to those folks wading to presenting streamer patterns (be sure to have some featuring yellow) on sinking lines, and the same is happening for juvenile lake trout near Yellowstone Lake shorelines.  We hear these fish, in particular, are great eating baked, battered then fried, or as the major component of a fish chowder!

And remember: we are a Yellowstone Park and Montana fishing license vendor.

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Small Streams 6-5-15

Some of these are really shaping up for good fishing.  Warm River has been good for weeks with cloudy day BWO, PMD, yellow sally, and caddis life cycle patterns. Add Robinson Creek to small streams worth trying. Here small traditional attractors (renegades, various wulffs, irresistables) and nymphs work well. The big stoneflies have gone through, but caddis, sallys and PMDs also make for good fishing. McCoy, Jackknife, and Tincup Creeks are other good bets with traditional attractor and nymph patterns. Some of our great small streams remain closed to protect spawning cutthroat. Consult current regulations to identify these waters.

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South Fork 6-5-15

Nothing new to report here. Same flow rate out of Palisades Dam (10100 cfs) and on to Heise (10600cfs). River is slightly warmer in this section, but the strategies we gave in recent reports still apply. Maybe, just maybe, cloudy PMs could offer more fish interested in BWO activity.  Given all this, the flow out of Palisades Dam will eventually be raised to 12000-13000 cfs making for some changes. We will watch flows, then report when this takes place and its impact on fishing.

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Still Waters 6-5-15

From our reservoirs to the southeast (24-Mile, Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, Treasureton) comes word that damselfly activity is getting going. Right now its mostly the nymphs moving, so dry fly action is on the way. No dry fly action yet from either damselflies or speckled duns. For now on all of these reservoirs, break out your intermediate and Type II sinkers to present your favorite damselfly nymph patterns. Prefer presenting with indicators, you say? Use that floating line to hang your favorite damselfly nymph about two feet above the bottom.  Especially at Daniels, doing the same with an indicator and midge pupa pattern still works well, especially at the upper end.

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