South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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South Fork 9-21-19

As predicted; it is “blue wing olive weather” along the river. Flow has been steady for about five days now making for good fishing if you do not mind the cool weather.  It appears from the information we receive at the shop the lower river seems to offer the best in consistent fishing.

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Main Stem Snake River 9-17-19

With less irrigation water in demand meaning reduced flow in the Snake River, it is time to have streamer patterns ready for migrating browns as well as big resident rainbows.  Drift boating is the best way to encounter these, but there are walk-in wade locations along the river. Get in touch because we can pinpoint these for you.

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Small Streams 9-17-19

Conant Creek

Don’t rely on very small streams for the rest of the season as they most likely are at base level meaning cold and having reduced overhead cover.  Exceptions could be upper Birch, Big Elk, Bitch, and Palisades Creeks. Such as the Blackfoot, Teton, Warm, and Buffalo Rivers will remain good for quite a while thanks to streamers, caddis and late season (BWO) mayfly activity and terrestrial insect presence until a killing frost happens.

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Henry’s Fork 9-17-19

If you intend to fish the lower river, now is the time to have streamers in that fly box.  Add low light conditions like predicted for day times the rest of this week to early AM and sunset as the best times to present these.

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Yellowstone Park 9-17-19

Firehole River is as good as it gets for this time of year. BWOs and white millers are the reasons. Really big fish are quite rare here, but the nearby Madison River hosts an increasing number of trophy size browns and ‘bows coming up from Hebgen.  They are in the river from Madison Junction on down to Baker’s Hole, and they are best encountered when the weather is stormy or at dawn or at twilight.  The Lewis River, anywhere above the canyon, also hosts migrating browns. Either place, Madison or Lewis, streamer patterns are the best for meeting up with them.  In a few weeks there are more park waters we can recommend for migrating browns.

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South Fork 9-17-19

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Flow out of Palisades Dam was lowered yesterday to 4940 cfs ( flow at Heise now 5860  cfs, flow at Lorenzo now 3100 cfs).  That action makes for more wading locations than possible at normal mean flow of 6750 cfs for this date.  We can can suggest some of the best of the now numerous wading locations.  Call or email the shop ([email protected], 208-524-7160). If weather forecasts are correct, the rest of this week looks like “BWO weather.”

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Henry’s Fork 9-14-16

The lower river offers some daytime fishing thanks to grass hopper populations. Next week look for fish showing more interest in tiny BWOs because of predicted stormy weather.  We are in the season to begin thinking streamer presentation for brown trout especially during conditions like predicted for next week.

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Yellowstone Park 9-14-19

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The big attraction here is browns becoming active in migrating to spawning areas. Run-up browns  (and rainbows) from Hebgen Lake are beginning their move  into the Madison River and on to the lower Gibbon River.  In the Lewis River system browns are moving from both Shoshone and Lewis Lakes into the river between the two lakes as well as into the river just below Lewis Lake.  In total, this Lewis River system run makes the largest concentration of brown trout in park waters. Later this fall the Gardner and Snake River runs will be worth trying. Fishing during low light conditions will be the best time to encounter any of these these fish. Presenting streamers during these times is the best strategy, but large nymphs presented deep also brings results.

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South Fork 9-14-19

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Once again the South Fork flow graph for this week looks like a step function. Flow out of Palisades Reservoir was reduced yesterday to 5600 cfs ( now  6400 cfs at Heise, 3870 cfs at Lorenzo) from around 9000 cfs with several smaller drops throughout this week.  Flow at this level will open up a lot more wading opportunities but make boating a bit tougher.  Next week looks stormy, so look for continued good BWO and mahogany activity.

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