South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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South Fork 6-13-13

The flows on the south fork have stabilized at 12,800cfs at Paslisades Dam and 14,000 at Heise. This should be the flow for much of the summer. Run off has peaked according the Bureau of Reclamation and Palisades Reservoir will not fill this year which points to an early stonefly hatch. Traditionally the hatch starts the last week of June but I’m sure we’ll see it start earlier. We floated from Byington to  Lorenzo yesterday and had very good fishing with a pair of Bennett’s brown rubber legs. The fish were holding below the drop offs and troughs in the riffles. We did not see any stone adults but we saw a hand full of yellow sallies and green drakes. Some of the fish had bulging bellies from eating stone nymphs.

We’ll keep you updated on the status and progress of the hatch. Meanwhile the fishing with nymphs and streamers should be very good. The river is the perfect “south fork green” color for this time of year.

 

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Henry’s Fork 6-13

If your not fishing the Henry’s Fork right now you missing some great dry fly fishing. I have been fishing in the evenings on the lower river and have great success with Chernobyl ants and Caddis flies. There have been good hatches of PMD’s, Caddis, Golden Stones and Yellow Sallies. No reports on Green Drakes yet but they should be hatching anytime now and I would have a good selection in you fly box.

The Ranch will be opening this weekend after that happens the entire river system will be open for fishing. This is the prime time for fishing the Henry’s Fork. June is the magical month for fishing this river. Make some time and go fish it.

 

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Henry’s Lake 6-11-13

It’s a hit or miss situation here. For every success story there seems to be a “goose egg” story or close to it.  It appears that fish have mostly moved away from shoreline.   Midge pupa patterns under an indicator may provide your best chance for action until the fabled damselfly hatch begins around the beginning of July.

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Still Waters 6-11-13

Damselflies are hatching in great numbers on all reservoirs (Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, Twenty-Four Mile) to the southeast.  Densest hatch is on Twenty-Four Mile Reservoir.  So try your favorite damselfly nymph patterns, and do not overlook trying midge pupa patterns as fish remain interested in them, too.   Now is the time to try these reservoirs because if draw-down comes along with warming weather, action will slow. Springfield Reservoir with its discolored water seems to offer the slowest action of these.

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Small Streams 6-11-13

No real change since our June 8th report. With recent warm weather streams draining high country are roaring a bit, so stick with those we recommended on June 8th.  Look for the same flow increases  as we warm up on streams carrying irrigation water. We have word of some good fishing because of caddis activity on the Blackfoot River below the dam, but flows can fluctuate and impact fishing success.

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Yellowstone Park 6-11-13

Warm weather is melting snow on Pitchstone and Madison Plateaus. This means flow into Fall River Basin streams is increasing.  Ice has been off Shoshone and Lewis Lakes for weeks. We will be packing float tubes down the DeLacey Trail to Shoshone Lake in a few days (hoping for some of those gorgeous browns, but sure to get into juvenile macks), so look for a report on fishing there afterwards.   Lewis River between Shoshone and Lewis Lakes is a great choice now for fishing streamers.  Firehole River is warming up, but fishing remains good as related in our June 8th report.  Same with Duck and Cougar Creeks.  U.S. Forest Service Ashton Office recommends only four-wheel drive vehicles from bottom of Calf Creek Hill east on the Flagg Ranch Road.

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Yellowstone Park 6-8-13

Firehole River is still producing  with BWO, Caddis and White Miller patterns presented, but lots’a of fly-fishers are present. Duck Creek remains good, challenging fishing with small leech patterns and any thing resembling a worm cluster.  Tough-to-fish, little Cougar Creek offers some good fishing if you do not mind bushwhacking.  Fall River Basin streams will have added run-off with this warming weather, but when run-off is over look for some great fishing.

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Small Streams 6-8-13

Small streams not carrying run-off or irrigation waters are really shaping up because of the reduced runoff this year. With the warmer weather, however,  consider avoiding such run-off streams as the Teton River and irrigation water loaded streams such as the Blackfoot River below the dam.    The Palisades tribs on the south side of the reservoir (Bear & McCoy creeks) would be very good choices ( C&R fishing) with such as wooly bugger and leech patterns.  The Salt River tribs  (Jackknife, Tincup, Stump, Crow creeks) are also in great shape, so try your favorite bead head nymphs, small leech patterns and caddis life cycle patterns.  Robinson Creek is now a good bet with the same types of patterns.

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