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Henry’s Fork

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Henry’s Fork 5/7

Couple items to talk about for the Henry’s Fork. I have been watching the flows on the Fall River and it looks like we are starting into runoff…finally. This means that the water below Chester Dam is going to be off color and when it really starts roaring it will be muddy. Warm River will put some off color water into the river but the float from Warm River to Ashton will still be fishable. Vernon to Chester will be fishing as well. Remember that Box Canyon is open and as soon as we hear the snow has melted we will let you know when you can get into the boat ramps.

Good Caddis, Blue Wing olive, and March Browns have been hatching on the river. I like to fish a little bit larger Caddis pattern that is often a different color than the caddis hatching. This gives you a little different look than what the fish are seeing and sometimes can be to your advantage. Blue Wing Olive and March Brown Emerger patterns seem to have the best success. Nymphing and streamer fishing continue to produce fish as well. Some really good spring fishing on the Henry’s Fork, and it is possible to find water that is not getting highly effected by the runoff.

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Henry’s Fork 5/4

The Henry’s Fork is fishing so well right now. The Mother’s Day Caddis have started hatching from Warm River down to Chester. March Browns are also hatching. The Caddis hatch is unbelievable, literally hundreds of thousands of caddis hatching. If you have never seen it before its worth taking a day just to see the hatch. Fish have been keying in on the mMarch Brown’s and than seem to take a break during the Caddis hatch. With all the bugs hatching at once its tough to even fish your fly, but put on a bigger fly that is a different color. Changing it up might be your ticket to catching a fish.

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Henry’s Fork 4/30/2011

Boat ramps at Chester Dam ARE open.  See Tim’s report from yesterday for “how to” fishing info.  Events and strategies for the lower river unlikely to change for the next several days.

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Henry’s Fork 4/29

The Chester Boat ramp should be open now. Blue Wing Olives and nymphs are the ticket for catching fish. Streamers have also been working well. As soon as the weather decides to warm up we should start seeing some Caddis, and March Browns hatching. Until than keep starring at indicators and looking for Dry Flies.

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Henry’s Fork 4/23/2011

River below Warm River confluence is a little discolored but fishing OK.   Access is good.  BWO and midge life cycle plus a few march brown patterns are what you need to bring as well as streamers.

We just received word from Kim at the Henry’s Fork Foundation office that the boat ramps at the Chester Dam will be rebuilt  next week.  The boat put-in below the dam will be closed Monday and Tuesday, April 25th & 26th. The boat take-out above the dam will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, April 27th and 28th.  If all goes as planned, both ramps should be opened Friday or Saturday.   Check with us ([email protected], 208-524-7160) if you wish to use these facilities during these times.

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Henry’s Fork 4/19

Fishing continues to pick up on the Henry’s Fork.  Blue Wing Olive’s have been hatching in good numbers. The water clarity has been fairly good, but be sure to watch the flows on the Falls River, because it will blow out the river below Chester Dam. You still need a pair of snow shoes to get into the “Box” but the fishing has been productive there as well. Nymphing in the “Box” is still the best technique for catching fish. Look for the Mothers Day Caddis to start up soon and the March Browns. We should see these flies in the next week or two on the lower river. Remember that Ashton Dam to Vernon bridge is closed until Memorial Day weekend. C and D shuttles are up and running for your shuttle needs.

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Henry’s Fork 4/8

News on the Henry’s Fork is that all the boat ramps are now open expect Box Canyon. There is a lot of construction equipment in and around the construction area please be mindful of this equipment and try to stay out of the way of the construction workers.

Good reports of Blue Wing Olives have been hatching on the River and some fish are starting to rise to them. Nymphing still seems to be really productive right now and some streamers have been working as well. Shouldn’t be too long before we Skwallas, and March Brown will be hatching.

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Henry’s Fork 4/6

We some good news! Access into the Chester Dam is now open. We had reported earlier that it had been closed for construction and it has now been reopened. Floating Warm River to Ashton is still not accessible because of the huge snow drift blocking the Ashton boat ramp.You still can not float the Box Canyon but the wade fishing has been outstanding.

The fishing has been steady and we are seeing more and more Blue Wing Olives hatching and fish eating them. Nymph fishing has been producing fish as well. Stonefly nymphs and bead head nymphs are the name of the game. San Juan Worms and glo bugs have also been good selections for catching fish below an indicator. The streamer fishing has been picking up as well. It will not be long and we should have Caddis, and Skwallas hatching on the river as well.

Henry’s Fork 3/30

The biggest news about the Henry’s Fork is Chester Dam boat ramp is closed and you can not take a boat out here. You can not put a boat in either. This will change in the future but we do not know when, as soon as we hear we will be posting it on the fishing report. They are doing construction on the Chester Dam which is blocking access to this boat ramp.As far as I know the boat ramps are still snowed in so floating right now is not really an option. We will be updating you as soon as this changes int he next few weeks.

Fishing has been really good. I hear of a few Blue Wing Olives hatching but not many fish keying in on them yet. The midges are hatching in good numbers and the fish have been responding to those hatches. I would have a few Skwallas and Caddis in my box if I was fishing the the Henry’s Fork this month. This insects will begin to hatch as the water warms. Nymphing is still producing fish, use Rubbelegs, beadhead pheasant tails, glo bugs and San Juan worms.

Henry’s Fork 3/8

Well the Henry’s Fork has been fishing fairly decent as well. Midges and nymphing still seem to be the name of the game. Try the San Juan Worm, and glo bugs…I like to call is spaghetti and Meatballs. This combo have been really getting the fish to eat.

Who knew trout were into Italian food?…Sorry bad joke.

The entire river system is open now except for a few exceptions, like Herriman park and Ashton Dam to Vernon Bridge. There is so much water you can fish. I would recommend ski’s or snowshoes if you fish up in Island Park cause the snow is deep. The warming weather this weekend should produce some nice fishing.

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