South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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Henry’s Fork

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Henry’s Fork 5/26

Flows have gotten pretty large on the Henry’s Fork. The lower river starting from Warm River confluence is pretty dirty and muddy. The river at St. Anthony is at Flood Stage. Water from the Box Canyon down to the Warm River is in pretty good condition. Fish nymphs under an indicator. Stonefly nymphs and caddis pupa are working well. There should be some dry fly caddis buzzing around but no report of fish actively feeding on the surface.

With the Holiday weekend coming up there will be a lot of people who migrate to The Box Canyon mostly cause its the only game in town. Just remember to be courteous and use some common sense.


Henry’s Fork 5/23

Flows have seemed to level off on the Henry’s Fork and the water clarity between Vernon and Chester is fishable and the fish are eating. The stoneflies are staging close to the banks and fish can be caught on rubberlegs and other stonefly nymph patterns. Caddis Nymphs and mayfly nymphs like Peasant Tails and prince nymphs. Bigger and brighter flies seem to be working better in the off color water. No Adult stoneflies yet but I expect to see a few later this week around the Chester backwaters.


Henry’s Fork 5/13

Not much going on with the high water right now. Warm River and Robinson Creek are bringing in some dirty water and the Falls River is mighty high. This pretty much leaves Box Canyon and the flows were just increased to 900 cfs, if these flows remain somewhat steady the Box will fish well with nymphs and streamers.


Henry’s Fork 5/9

With runoff starting fishing has become somewhat limited on the Henry’s Fork. Warm River to Ashton stretch has blown out, and so have the river below the Chester Dam. This basically leaves the Box Canyon and Vernon to Chester for fishing. March Browns, Caddis, and Blue Wing Olives have been hatching in good numbers. The river is probably going to feel really crowded these next few weeks. These sections of water are basically it for fishing right now. Remember to be courteous to each other and use common sense.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.