South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Fishing Reports (Page 72)

Yellowstone Park 10-6-12

You could say this is the “browns and BWO with some ‘bows thrown in” season.  Browns are beginning their fall migration in such as the Lewis , Madison, Gibbon, and Yellowstone rivers and Duck Creek.  Runs in the Gardner and Snake rivers will come a bit later.  Rainbows are running up the Madison River from Hebgen Lake and are actively rising to BWOs in the Firehole River. Meadow streams still offer fishing with terrestrial patterns. Elk are bugling, geese are honking, wolves are howling, and remaining coyotes are yipping. Those noises sure beat the motorized variety. On top of all this crowds are down on most waters.  So it is a great time to be fishing in the Park.

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Henry’s Lake 10-6-12

Word is out that the lake currently offers the best fishing in the region.  So folks will be flocking there and looking for the best spots to fish.  Standard patterns for the lake are working.  The  strategy for a best time is to find a location where there are more fish than people.  Creek mouths are almost certain to be crowded, especially those with easy access.  The same goes for shorelines.  Consider contacting us to learn of some locations that might be less crowded.

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South Fork 10/5

The flows were reduced to 4,200 cfs yesterday. I assume that we will see a more aggressive approach to lowering the water to our winter flows within the next 2 weeks. The lake is low and irrigation demand is low as well, so there is no need for water to be in the system. We have not been informed of how low the river will go for the majority of the winter, but my guess is between 800 and 1,200 cfs.

Fishing is still moderate. Lots of moss still in the river and cleaning your flies is a must if you want to catch any fish. I suggest fishing bead head nymphs below a Hopper or a Chernobyl Ant. Zebra Midges in Red and Black size #16 & #18. Pheasant Tails, and BWO nymphs like the Bubble back Emerger BWO have proven effective as well. You will still get a few eats on the big dry so try not to be so suprised when it happens. I prefer the nymphs below the dry because you don’t seem to catch as much moss on your flies, versus fishing deep with an indicator. Streamer fishing has really picked up and I suggest fishing a sinking tip line or a sinking leader.

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Henry’s Fork 10/1

Fishing has been good on the Henry’s Fork. Nymphing and Streamer fishing have been the main tactics for hooking fish. BWO hatches have been few and far between but look for those flies to pop during overcast and rainy days. The fishing below the Ashton Dam have been really good as well as Warm River to Ashton. Stonefly Nymphs and a variety or bead head nymphs. I personally like a large #14 or #12 Pheasant Tail below a rubberleg.

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South Fork 10/1

The river has stayed steady at 5,500 cfs. This water conditions are very nice. The water is a little off color by the dam and through Swan Valley, but becomes crystal clear through the Canyon. The biggest issue with the water right now is the moss that has been dumped into the river from the reservoir. Fishing this weekend was good on a Chernobyl and and a bead head dropper. the fish have been keying in on red and black Zebra Midges. The BWO Redemption nymph and a red copper john have also been effective. Dropping a bead head about 3 feet below the hopper or Chernobyl and has helped with moss control. The streamer fishing has been decent with lots of chasing fish and a few players who are eating. I would personally consider the streamer fishing on the lower river really good right now. If you have questions call the shop. We will be happy to help you in any way we can.

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Big Lost River 9-18-12

Flow out of Mackay Dam is about 100 cfs higher than normal, but this keeps fish from concentrating into deepest holes.  Wading conditions remain good, and tricos emerge for early in the day fishing.  Evening caddis activity also brings fish up.

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Still Water 9-18-12

Fishing around Grizzly Springs and other spring holes seems to be holding up fairly well on Island Park Reservoir.  Water levels in the reservoir are low, so use caution when boating to these locations. When you get there, try blood worm patterns, and experiment to find the taking depth.  With cooling weather here, look for action to pick up on Sand Creek Ponds. Evening should be best when caddis emerge. Soft hackled patterns fished near the surface should be effective, but don’t over look hopper patterns presented along vegetated shorelines.

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South Fork 9-18-12

Some cloudy weather sure would help increase the BWO emergence. It looks like the beginning of next week may bring some. The river has stabilized with respect to flow changes. The last drop was back on September 14th, and responses from fish are back to normal.  However, the reservoir is less than twenty per cent of capacity, and storage for next year’s irrigation season must begin.  So more decreases in flow out of Palisades Dam must be expected in the coming weeks.  As we learn of these flow changes, we will post them here and advise how such should impact your South Fork fishing strategy.

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Henry’s Fork 9-18-12

Mayfly emergence events on the upper river are diminishing quickly with colder weather setting in.  Soon that of  BWOs will be the only one available.  Almost on key flying ants are coming on to provide action from trout which seem to crave them.  So add ant patterns to your terrestrial pattern roster when you venture to the Last Chance , the Harriman State Park reach, and the river around Hatchery Ford.

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