South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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Henry’s Fork

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Henry’s Fork 7/11

Not much has changed on the Henry’s Fork as far as hatches go. Still great Drake, PMD, and Golden Stone activity on the surface. The fishing is really good on the lower river from 5pm to dark. There are many people still fishing the Henry’s Fork right now because the South Fork is still high. Fish early and late to avoid crowds.


Henry’s Fork 7/5

If you haven’t fished the Henry’s Fork yet you are missing out on some great dry fly fishing. Don’t let the high water flows deceive you. The water has great clarity and the bugs are hatching. Wading is not as accessible as it has been in the past seasons because of the high water, but the fish are big and healthy.

Things on the Ranch continue to improve with Drakes, Green and Brown hatching. Caddis and PMD spinner falls in the evening.

Downstream from the Warm River Confluence  fish have been feeding on Goldenstone’s, Caddis, Drakes, green and grey. There is also a good PMD hatch during the afternoon. The best action for fishing is in the evening  hours. If you are fishing during the day stop your boat, get out and watch the water. Lots of people on the water because the South Fork is just not coming together as quickly as everyone wants. Show up to the river early or late. Beating the crowds or following behind them is a good strategy for avoiding people.


Henry’s Fork 7/1

Fishing on the Lower River is good as it can get. There are great hatches of Gray Drakes in the evenings, Flav’s Golden Stones, Pale morning Duns, Green Drakes and Caddis are bringing fish to the surface. The Gray Drakes and Caddis are working well during the evening hours of the Day. Goldens, Flavs and PMD’s have been working well during the day. I suspect the weekend to be fairly busy because the Henry’s is pretty much one of the only rivers fishing right now. To avoid crowds start early in the morning with Streamers and fish the dries as the day gets warmer. I personally would put in about lunch and fish till dark.

On the Upper River, flows on the Box Canyon were dropped today 1,000 cfs down to 1120 cfs. Give this section about a day for the fish to get reorganized with that large of a decrease in the flows. The ranch has some Drakes hatching but most of the fish being caught on the Ranch have been during the late and evening hours. PMD’s and Caddis have also been good on the Ranch.


Henry’s Fork 6/28

We have been receiving really good reports on the Lower River. Lots of fish eating dry flies in the late afternoon and evening hours. Golden Stones are producing fish during the day and there is a good Pale Morning Dun Hatch during the afternoon. Be sure to have those Gray Drakes in your fly box because those flies should be hatching any day now.

I talked to a friend up in Island Park today who told me that fish are starting to look at PMD’s on the Ranch and the fishing is picking up somewhat. The Box has some salmon flies hanging around and fish have been caught on the banks and in the seam lines in the middle of the river around structure.

The water is high through the whole system compared to previous years but the water clarity is really good and the high flows have pushed some of the bigger fish to the bank. Stop by the shop for an up to the minute report.


Henry’s Fork 6/27

Fishing on the Henry’s Fork is really good right now. Pale Morning Duns, Caddis, and Golden Stones are hatching in good numbers right now. Fishing all day and into the evening is recommended. The evening hatch is really good and lots of fish have been caught during this time. I would make sure to pack some Drakes in your fly box, we expect them to be hatching in good numbers any day now. Water Clarity is good. Not much else to say except go fishing, its good right now.


Henrys Fork 6-21-11

The warm weather has finally arrived so we’ll start to see a big variety of hatches on the lower river near Ashton.  Right now there are good hatches of pale morning duns and caddis and soon we should see  flav’s and green drakes. In the evening look for gray drakes. When we get these hatches all coming off on the same day you won’t see all types of insects at once. PMD’s and caddis will be the main hatches and the flav’s and green drakes may appear for only hour sometimes less.

The flow is a little high but the water clarity is good.


Henry’s Fork 6/17

Flows on the lower river have dropped again and Warm River to Ashton section is fishable again. Don’t forget about Ora to Chester stretch. Golden Stones, Salmon Flies and Caddis. No sign of Pale Morning Duns or Drakes yet. Stay posted and we will keep you updated as soon as we confirm they are hatching. The Stoneflies have moved all the way up to Box Canyon. The cooler weather and rain has prevented them from flying around but they are there and crawling. The best time to catch dry fly action on the stones in the Box is towards the late afternoon and evening.

Henry’s Fork 6/14

The water is back up again on the lower Henry’s Fork from Warm River down. Due to a large amount of rain yesterday in the Ashton and Island Park area the Fall river and Robinson Creek are bringing muddy water into the system. Once the water drops again the fish will be looking up for the big Stoneflies and Caddis. The stonefly hatch has moved up to the Riverside campground area. Hiking into Hatchery Ford and below the Riverside campground will offer some very good secluded fishing. Stonefly nymphs and a bead head dropper or a Stonefly dry with a  bead head dropper should be very effective. Nymphing in the Box Canyon is still highly effective right now and I expect the stoneflies to be hatching any day now. If you need a up to the minute report call or stop by the shop.

Henry’s Fork 6/11

The water on the lower river has been pretty dirty. Fishing on the river has been concentrated from the Box Canyon to the Warm River confluence.  However the flows on the lower river have been dropping fairly quickly and I expect this section to start fishing soon. Caddis and Stoneflies have been working. Don’t be afraid to throw nymphs but if you only want to throw dry flies….I understand. Feel free to call the shop for more details.


Henry’s Fork 6/8

You can find Stoneflies from Chester Dam all the way up to the Lower Mesa Falls. Timing is the key for catching this hatch. If you are getting refusals on a Salmon fly, change up to a smaller golder stone. Caddis and Pale Morning Duns should start hatching any day now.

Looks like the main push of the runoff is here. The Fall River at Chester is reaching flows over 7,000cfs making the river below Chester basically in flood stage. Warm River and Robinson Creek have blown out as well. There is good hiking and wade fishing around Mesa Falls and Riverside campground. Rubberlegs, Caddis Pupa, Rollin Stones and CFO Hummer Stones should produce fish.