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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Fishing Reports (Page 68)

Henry’s Fork 6-11

I finally got the chance to fish the Henry’s Fork this past week and into the weekend. The streamer bite is definitely on during certain times of the day. Rubberlegs and bead head have been working when the dry fly bite slows down as well. Golden Stones, Simulators, and Chernobyl ants are bringing decent fish to the surface. Pale Morning duns have also been hatching is decent numbers.

Last week I reported on the float between Ashton Dam and Chester back waters being off color. I had a chance to float the section on Friday evening and I was impressed with the water quality overall. At the Ora bridge the water was good and about a half mile down got a little dirty but fishable. Than it seemed to clear up as we continued to float down the river. This section is not being utilized right now because most of the guides are concerned about the off color water so they are not taking clients down this section. We I floated into Chester at 8pm.  I saw lots of fish feeding on caddis and my truck was the only one in the parking lot. What I am trying to say is if you want some decent fishing with a chance to hook into a pig, float this section. No one is there and you will find the fishing to be good despite the water being a little off color.

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South Fork 6-11

Flows on the South Fork were increased to 10,100 cfs. Not a big change and the river is fishing really well with nymphs and streamers. Rollin got to fish a few days last week and said he was doing really well on a  nymph rig that was about 4 feet deep. He also got to fish the lower river below Lorenzo and the group he was with were able to get a few fish to eat big stoneflies off the surface. There are no salmon flies hatching yet but the fish are starting to look up so try a dry fly next time you on the water. As soon as we hear about stoneflies hatching we will be updating the fishing report. Feel free to call the shop if you have any questions.

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South Fork 6-6

Flows into the Reservoir have increased tremendously which is good cause they actually might fill the reservoir now and that means cold water all summer. Cold water is good for insect hatches when August rolls around! Fishing on the river hasn’t changed much, your best technique is nymphing and Streamer fishing. This is the time of year when you can have a really good streamer day if we get some overcast rainy weather.

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Henry’s Fork 6-6

I wanted to give you guys a heads up on the river conditions below Ashton Dam. Apparently the rain on the construction site at the dam. The rain and the silt coming through the dam have made the lower river very dirty. We knew that the water was going to be effected by the construction of the dam and the water quality has been fishable but not clear. Unfortunately the water is not optimal right now. We don’t know when things will clear up but as soon as they do we will let you know.

As far as the other sections of the River. Warm River to Ashton and the Box Canyon are fishing well. Stoneflies on the surface as well as Caddis and PMDs.

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South Fork 6/4

This river looks so good right now it’s unbelievable! But and this is a big BUTT! The water temps are still really cold. so most of the fish are still concentrated in the buckets of the riffles and Eddy holes. Still not much action on the banks yet however it’s coming and I would expect to see the bank action pick up in about 10 days. The streamer fishing has been picking up as well. I had a few guys tell me they had good success on a rubberleg and a large red Zebra midge….hmm imagine that. Also try San Juan worms and some brighter bead head nymphs. Jimmy said there are really good Blue Wing hatches on the river but nothing was rising to them. Double check side channels if you see BWO’s and watch for sippers every day is different.

Flows are still at 10,000 cfs, I don’t expect them to change unless irrigation demand is increased.

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South Fork 5/29

Things have really started to turn on in the river. Fish are moving very well to nymphs and streamers. The river looks really good and is staying steady at 11,000cfs. Look for caddis hatches towards the afternoon and its still not to late to have some Blue Wing Olives hatching. So the next big thing to happen will be the salmon fly hatch. The earliest we should see these bugs is the last week of June. However things have been starting a little earlier this year with the water flows. We will keep this report updated with all the news on the stoneflies and their emergence. But for right now fish stonefly nymphs and bead heads. Caddis pupa, pheasant tails and San Juan worms seem to be working very well. The whole river system is fishing well. We had a lot of great reports from the Canyon this weekend as well as the upper.

Remember the boat ramp at Lorenzo is not very good so be carfeul launching and taking out at this ramp. For any up to the minute reports feel free to call the shop or stop by.

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Henry’s Fork 5/29

Fishing the Salmon Flies took a major slowdown after the cold rainy weather we had this past weekend. That doesn’t mean that the fishing is poor. In fact the fishing is still really starting to pick up and we keep hearing that this is some of the best Salmon Fly fishing we had in years. The big bugs have hatched through the entire system now. You can fish Salmon flies from Chester dam all the way up to Box Canyon. If I were fishing this week I would be fishing a Salmon fly as my dry and I would put on a golden stone nymph below it. While looking for some Pale Morning Duns and caddis hatches. We should start seeing Goldens hatch soon as well as PMD’s and more Caddis so make sure you have some in your fly box. If your getting refusals on your big Salmon Fly try something different like a Chernobyl and or a Stimulator.

 

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South Fork 6/18

Flows were increased yesterday to 11,000 cfs. I think this was for irrigation demand. As of right now they are trying to fill the reservoir so I maintain my earlier statement that I don’t expect to see the water level raised on the river. However when irrigation demand comes the flows will go up and unfortunately we have no control or information when that might happen. We can only share with you when it does happen.

If you are looking to get away from the crowds that will be flocking to the Henry’s Fork for the Salmon Fly hatch. The South Fork can offer some really good fishing. Blue Wing Olives have been hatching in good numbers. The nymphing and streamer fishing has been good as well. This would be a great weekend to go camping in the canyon because of the lack of people fishing the South Fork right now. Not much has changed for nymphing techniques. Rubberlegs with an assortment of beadhead nymphs will be highly effective. Don’t forget about the San Juan worm, its a favorite this time of year.

We have gotten all of our new fly patterns in for the season. We have some really great new flies stop by to get some and go catch some fish. As always feel free to call the shop for up to the minute details.

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Henry’s Fork 5/18

So much talk about the Henry’s Fork right now. It is definitely the place to be if you want to chase some dry flies. The stonefly emergence is happening right now on the lower river. From Warm River down to Chester you will find those big boys on the bank hatching and flying around. I haven’t heard any solid news of flies above the Warm River, however I expect them to start happening soon. Big stonefly nymphs have been catching fish as well, don’t rule out this fly when the dry fly action slows down. Don’t hesitate to put a stonefly nymph below a big dry salmon fly. We have a great selection of Salmon flies that will float a weighted nymph. Caddis have also been working well on the surface.

The water quality below the Ashton dam has been fairly good. I would not rule out floating from Vernon to Chester you will find some really good fishing here and fewer crowds of people who have been scared off by the construction of the Ashton Dam.

South Fork 5/16

Flows have remained steady at 10,500cfs out of the dam. I got a water report today and now they are afraid they might not fill the system up, which means we can expect to see flows stay fairly steady until they have to spill water once the reservoir is full. We should see fishing starting to pick up as the water begin to warm. The only thing that will throw the fishing off now is high flows from the Dam, which isn’t going to happen anytime soon…I hope. Or runoff from the tributaries like Pallisades Creek, Falls Creek and Pine Creek. As I write this right now these tribs are not putting dirty water into the river.

Nymphing Rubberlegs, San Jaun Worms, and a variety of little nymphs will be your best technique for catching fish. Blue Wing Olives have been hatching in good numbers on the lower river. Look for fish sipping dry flies in the foam lines of eddies and back water holes.

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