South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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South Fork 10/21/2013

The South Fork is fishing very well right now. With the cooler temperatures the fish are very active and with the flows around 1880cfs, the river is very accessible. On overcast days the streamer fishing has been great. Patterns like the sculpzilla and Galloup’s Peanut Envy in black have been the most productive. On the overcast days, the Blue winged olives have been hatching and providing some great late season dry fly fishing. Various BWO patterns have been producing, come down to the shop and we can get you squared away with the patterns you will want to have. If you happen to get out on a sunny day, the nymph fishing has been really good with a small rubberlegs and dropper like a zebra midge, san juan worm, or egg pattern. Be sure you are getting your nymphs right along the bottom! Streamer fishing has been okay on the sunny days, but it usually doesn’t turn on until later in the afternoon.

This is a great time of year to fish the river! As always, if you need any help with access points, flies, etc…. give us a call or stop in at the shop and we will get you set up!

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Small Streams 10-19-13

Thanks to cooling weather and water at base level the next few weeks could be the “last hurrah” for the best of the fishing season on many area small streams.  Currently Birch Creek, Warm River, Buffalo River and Blackfoot River below the reservoir are fishing well.   All have good BWO hatches, but they can be only at specific locations on the Blackfoot River, especially during these bright days.  Look for shaded areas there such as at the base of cliffs out of the sun.  On the Blackfoot River your chances for action are better through using streamers.  Make them small (size 8-10), and look for deep runs and holes for presenting them.

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Yellowstone Park10-19-13

The Park re-opened its fishing season three days ago.   Crowds are not up to usual amounts. This means that such popular locations like the Firehole River and the Madison River could be more enjoyable to fish. Streamer patterns will be your best bet for migrating browns in the Madison River. Likewise for migrating browns in the Gibbon River, Gardiner River, Snake River, Lewis River, and Yellowstone River where low light conditions give the best chance for action on each.  Afternoon BWO hatches will dictate how to fish on the Firehole River. If you do not mind the long drive, now begins the fall season on Trout Lake. Colder water will convince lunker hybrids and cutts there to take leech and damselfly nymph patterns.  Make sure you watch the weather in that neck of the woods before you go.

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Henry’s Fork 10-18-13

The Henry’s Fork is fishing really good right now. The entire lower river below Ashton has been producing well with nymph rigs, streamers, and BWO’s on overcast days. Nymph wise throw a rubberlegs and smaller bead-head dropper. It is getting to be the time of year when egg patterns work very well too. Streamer fishing has been great and the pattern doesn’t seem to matter too much, but flies like the sculpzilla and Kelly Galloups Peanut Envy have worked particularly well. For those wanting to float, stretches like Ora to Vernon or Ora to Chester have been popular, but wade fishing has been just as productive. The weather for the weekend looks great, so get out there and enjoy some of the best fishing of the year!

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South Fork 10-14-13

Mark Thuesen tells us he found a camera lens on the South Fork. If you lost one call him: 208-761-9031 and describe the one you lost. FYI: flow out of Palisades Dam is at 1920 cfs. Look for more drops coming up.

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South Fork 10-12-13

Flow out of Palisades Dam is 2250 cfs and will go lower.  So walk-in wade fishing becomes increasingly practical (we can help with choosing locations).  For the next few days when stormy weather is expected, BWO life cycle patterns will produce exceptionally well almost anywhere on the river.  Currently that is the case, so strongly consider a visit during this weather!  Better weather favors mahogany duns, but this is the time of year when streamers are most effective.  The wise fly-fisher will always carry them in somber shades such as olive and black and colorful ones from yellow, ranging into the UV end of the spectrum to purple.  Don’t over look streamers in white.   Low light conditions will be best time for presenting streamers of any color.

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Henry’s Lake 10-12-13

Very low water makes it tough to launch anything bigger than a pontoon boat by the hatchery. But wading works as well there as float tubing or pontoon boating because a good number of fish are in shallow water.  They will take leech patterns with black being as effective as peacock. Gold, olive, and purple crystal are also effective.  Expect more cutts than brookies or hybrids responding.  Beware of the wind!

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Henry’s Fork 10-12-13

Flow out of Island Park Dam is reduced to 84 cfs. This is very tough on boating but great for walk-in wade fishing.  Small bead head nymphs are a best bet, but do not overlook streamers during low light conditions. Elsewhere on the river cool cloudy weather will bring out BWOs big time and resulting interest from trout, but hinder mahogany duns.

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Yellowstone Park 10-12-13

The Park remains closed to fishing, and trespass citations are being issued to persons entering it anywhere.  Currently there is no action by the Wyoming (and Montana ) governor to open the Park as has been done in Colorado and Utah. We will announce any re-opening of Yellowstone Park here.

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Henry’s Lake 10-8-13

You can get into good fishing just about anywhere on the lake. Creek mouths will be the most crowded, especially at Targhee and Howard Creeks.  With the lake at only 75% of capacity some silt is exposed and in shallows subjected to being stirred up. So a good strategy when the wind blows is to present large leech patterns in the discolored water. Don’t worry; the fish can see them.  This adds another strategy to those we have suggested in earlier reports.

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