South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Fishing Reports (Page 4)

Yellowstone Park 10-8-19

Terrestrial insects are out of the scene as a trout food.  The Firehole River offers the best top water fishing in the park, especially during unsettled weather when small BWOs emerge in good numbers. A few  small BWOs may do the same on the Madison River, but the big attraction here are run-up browns and ‘bows from Hebgen Lake. That means  presenting streamer patterns, whether they be large soft hackles (including those tied with marabou wound soft hackle style) or more traditional feather or deer hair wing versions.  The other famed brown trout run (that in Gardner and Snake Rivers yet to peak) is that in the Lewis River system where good numbers of browns are now in the channel between Shoshone and Lewis Lakes, migrating to the river just below Lewis Lake, and moving in the river below the falls. This activity means presenting large streamer patterns through deeper holes, runs, or undercuts is the best way for encounters.  It also means not disturbing redds, active or inactive, by any means.  They hold the beginnings of our future brown trout population.

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South Fork 10-5-19

Flow out of Palisades Reservoir was dropped from about 4000 cfs to 3250 cfs (now 4260 cfs at Heise, 1600 cfs at Lorenzo) on October 1st. Hatches are holding up and streamers are increasingly effective during low light conditions.  Walk-in wade locations are numerous, and we can suggest some of the best to try.  So get in touch if you are considering trying some.

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Henry’s Fork 10-1-19

Notice the similarities between aquatic and terrestrial insect activity during September on the South Fork and the lower Henry’s Fork. The same applies to streamer pattern effectiveness.   Look for these similarities to continue through October. These fall off some for the upper Henry’s Fork where aquatic insect hatches are more diverse and brown trout are absent.  BWO activity and responding trout in any of these locations is reliable this time of the season.

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South Fork 10-1-19

Flow out of Palisades Reservoir  has been steady at about 4000 cfs for a week.  Good BWO activity and flow stability has kept fishing success up. Fall colors are  making for beautiful scenery.  October also brings notice that streamer fishing will be increasingly successful as brown trout migrate to spawning areas from Palisades Dam down through the length of the river.

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South Fork 9-28-19

Trout responding to BWO activity on one end on fly fly type spectrum and that of larger trout hitting streamers on the other end is sure to provide good fishing on this cool and stormy day!

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Henry’s Lake 9-24-19

Again, we do not have much information on the lake except that fishing is beginning to pick up at a few spots. Cooler weather will bring fish towards shallow water, but we need a good unsettled downturn or two to do so.

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Small Streams 9-24-19

Early AM tricos provide action on the Teton River. Later in the day BWOs take over. Look for terrestrial insect patterns to become less effective as colder weather takes over. The same will soon apply to the lower and upper Blackfoot River with respect to terrestrial insects if the stretch of predicted bad weather brings a killing frost.  Forget trying small streams until next spring.  They are now too cold and low to offer good fishing.

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