South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Fishing Reports (Page 55)

Mainstem Snake River 10-8-13

Browns are migrating up and down the river. With flows dropping there are many locations for walk-in wading, but floating gets you to more of the best places.  Either way streamer fishing will be the name of the game.  Be sure to have them in colorful and somber shades, and have a stout rod to present them as we have plenty of windy days coming up.   Come in the shop for a visit to pick up tips on wading locations and for the same for float trips.

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Henry’s Fork 10-8-13

The lower river is fishing very well with BWO and mahogany dun hatches providing good top water fishing with emerger, dun, and spinner patterns.   Don’t overlook the numerous midges on the water.  Look for some very good fishing action coming up as we expect some stormy weather from now to the rest of the week.  Under low light conditions streamers will be effective earl and late in the day.

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Still Waters 10-8-13

Daniels Reservoir remains the “star of the show” here.  If you do not enjoy presenting midge pupa at the taking depth under an indicator, try your favorite small leech pattern or anything that looks like a damselfly nymph.  The upper end and the east shoreline are good locations to begin fishing.

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South Fork 10-5-13

Flow out of Palisades Dam is now at 3000 cfs. That makes for terrific wading conditions in the river below, and we can help pinpoint candidate locations when you get in touch or visit the shop. Lately the South Fork offers some of the best fishing of the year.  Another round of stormy weather is expected the end of next week, so get ready for some good BWO and mahogany dun activity then.  Be sure to have streamer patterns handy.  As a matter of inconvenience, Kelly Island Campground is closed because of the government shutdown.

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South Fork 7-31-13

Flow out of Palisades Dam dropped to 11000 yesterday.  Water temperature just below the dam is 65 deg. F.  That’s getting a bit high for the best fishing, especially because we can expect further decreases in flow.  Palisades Reservoir is down to 28% capacity. Early in the day fish chernobyl types because mutant stoneflies are coming on. By late morning go to rubber legs trailed by your favorite small nymph pattern.  During evenings a good caddis hatch is on-going,  making for the best dry fly fishing these days.

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Southwestern Montana 7-30-13

We have reports that the gulper action on Hebgen Lake has been somewhat spotty lately. Most of these reports come from folks fishing the Madison Arm, which usually offers the best during gulper season.  But it is early in this season, so there is plenty of time for improvement.  When we receive reports of better action, we will post them here.

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Yellowstone Park 7-30-13

Some  meadow streams here are doing fairly well with respect to water flow. Fall River Basin streams and the Gibbon River are amongst these.  The Lamar River and other northeast corner streams are not so lucky with flows considerably below normal.  So fish early, fish late really applies there. For all these your best chances will be days with enough cumulus clouds to threaten thunder showers.  Cumulus clouds indicate  increased relative humidity, and this helps much in aquatic insect hatches.  Drier air of those bright days means these insects will dry out more quickly allowing shorter time to mate and lay eggs, so they have evolved to hatch in bigger numbers when relative humidity increases.  This coupled with good water flows (such as in Fall River Basin streams) hints at when and where to find best fishing success during these hot dry days.  All this really does not apply to terrestrial insects, but add the active aquatic insects (speckled duns are in case in the waters given above) and you have a better chance at good fishing!

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Still Water 7-27-13

Fishing success is holding up well at Daniels Reservoir.  Try the upper end and east shoreline with your favorite midge pupa pattern under an indicator.  Find the taking depth, and action will come. Be sure to have some of your favorite damselfly nymph patterns on hand.  Again, late and early are the best times to fish. We have a few good reports from folks trying Springfield Reservoir. Here fish cruise the channels between weed beds looking for food subsurface and on the surface.  Presenting a dry damselfly pattern on top of channels between weed beds is effective.  Use a strong (3X-4X) leader because hook fish can dive into the weed beds in an effort to escape.

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Small Streams 7-27-13

Jim and Jimmy fished the upper Blackfoot River a few days ago  and had a good experience on the upper end of the Wildlife Management Area. If you have never fished this part of the Blackfoot River, consider a visit. From Interstate-15 take the Sunnyside exit and go east on Sunnyside past Ammon and up into the foothills.  Sunnyside eventually connects with the Bone Road. At this intersection take a right on the Bone Road and head south past Bone.  Just south of Bone the road splits. Take the left hand branch, the Long Valley Road, and follow around the east side of Grey’s Lake  to Idaho Highway 34.  Take a left on the highway to Wayan then a right on the Williamson Loop Road. Go about a mile and take a left on the Lanes Creek Road. Follow this road south to its intersection with the Diamond Creek Road. Here you can take a left onto this road to a parking area on the river. Or you can take a right at the intersection where the road becomes the Blackfoot River Road.  Follow it to a parking area on the left, or continue on the road to the lower end of the Wildlife Management Area, take a left to park near the river. All three of the parking areas give convenient access to the river.  Cutthroat trout are here in good numbers with a very occasional brook trout arriving from the Diamond Creek beaver ponds.  Hoppers  are out in good numbers, so what to use is obvious, but also bring a few PMD life cycle and traditional attractor patterns.  The country is beautiful so do not leave that camera behind.   Best of all, you just may be the only one fishing this classic meadow stream.

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