South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Fishing Reports (Page 60)

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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South Fork 6-5

Flows on the South Fork have been increased this week. Currently the flows this morning are 12,300. The rise in flows are due to irrigation demand that is being called for downriver. We haven’t heard of these increases hurting the fishing. The water is beginning to warm up and we will see stoneflies in the next few weeks. Everyone in the shop expects the stoneflies to be early this year with the water conditions and how low the reservoir is. We will update you when the flows level out.

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South Fork 6-3

Flows have remained steady at 10,800 cfs. The river is fishing good with nymphs. I realize we have written the same thing for the past few posts but we want to keep this report updated and let you all know whats going on. The water quality is really clear and fish have seemed to start to move to the banks and pile up in the riffles. Stonefly nymphs and San Juan worms have been the ticket for hooking lots of fish. The streamer fishing is also good as well. The overcast days are going to be the best days for streamer fishing. If you don’t mind fishing indicators you can catch a lot of fish right now.

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Henry’s Lake 6-1

The opening of Henry’s Lake was a little less than desirable compared to the last few years. Since the ice came off early this year the majority of the fish have moved off the banks and into the deeper water. The good news is the Midges are hatching and the fish have been keying into Chironomid patterns. Angler will also find success with crystal buggers and leach patterns fished on a sinking line.

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Yellowstone Park 6-1-13

Fish responding to BWO, caddisfly, and white miller hatches make the Firehole River the star of the show here. Water is lower than normal meaning that the river will warm up quickly as we pass through June. So go enjoy the action on this beautiful river ASAP.   Duck Creek is producing big rainbows,  a few big browns and some brookies.  But this great small stream will challenge the heck out of you.  If you do not like presenting  streamer patterns, try a dragonfly nymph pattern or your favorite nymph pattern under an indicator.  Bring all the stealth you possess!

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Still Waters 6-1-13

Damselfly nymphs are very active on all reservoirs to the southeast (Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, Springfield, Treasureton, Twenty-Four Mile), and patterns simulating them are producing very well. No reports of damselflies hatching big time yet, but fish are also taking midge pupa patterns on all these places.  When we hear of big time damselfly hatches, we will pass that info on here.

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Small Streams 6-1-13

Any  stream not draining high country such as the Teton Range, the southwestern parts of the Madison and Pitchstone Plateaus of Yellowstone Park, or subject to an increase in irrigation water are currently in great fishing condition. Some of these include Willow Creek (tribs are closed until July 1),  South Fork of the Madison River, Palisades Reservoir tributaries (catch & release for cutthroat trout), Warm River and Buffalo River. With action heating up on the Henry’s Fork and the South Fork, these make great alternatives  with good fishing and a better chance of solitude.   Come into the shop and let us advise as to which may be best to visit.

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South Fork 6-1

The water flows have leveled off at 10,300 cfs. The nymphing and streamer fishing is really good right now. The water temp is still pretty cold but the fish are beginning to move into the riffles and the banks. Right now Rubberlegs and a san juan worm have been killing it. Various other bead heads have been working as well. If you don’t mind nymphing the South Fork is an awesome place to fish right now and avoid crowds. This is a great oppertunity to do an overnighter as well. I have a feeling we will be seeing an early hatch this year for the Salmon flies. So get ready!

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Henry’s Fork 6-1

The Henry’s Fork is fishing really good right now! The Salmon flies have moved through the lower river and are up into Box Canyon. However the Fish are still looking up and are still eating big stonefly patterns on the surface. Chernobyl Ants have been working the best for stonefly imitations on the surface. The Golden stones are starting to emerge and there has been some Yellow Sallies and PMD’s hatching on the lower river as well. Things are about to come into full swing on the Henry’s Fork. This is prime time to be fishing up there.

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