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Henry’s Fork

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Henry’s Fork 5-01-09

Fishing on the Henry’s Fork is holding up really well. Blue Wing Olive’s, March Brown’s and Caddis are hatching in good numbers on the river. Big rubberlegs are working very well under an indicator, as well as caddis pupas, and mayfly nymphs. The water on the fall river has cleared up this week because of the cold weather. Expect this water to start to get dirty again when the weather warms up making fishing below Chester Dam very hard. The Henry’s Fork offers the best wading oppertunities right now in the area. As we continue to get closer to Memorial Day weekend we will keep you updated on hatches.

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Henry’s Fork 4-27-09

Flow in the lower river has been stable the last few days, and is likely to remain so with the upcoming cool weather. Fishing success has been a bit spotty, especially below Chester Dam and the Fall River confluence. Recently  BWOs and caddis are the main emerging insects.  Streamers are always a good bet in the early eason, especially if one concentrates on presenting them near stream edges out of direct light. This means evenings, early mornings, and other low light conditions are the best times for action.

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Henry’s Fork 4-24-09

The Henry’s Fork remains to be one of the few options of moving water for trout fishing. Fall River has blown out due to runoff. Fishing above Chester Dam is your best option for clean water. You can float Vernon to Chester, or Warm River to Ashton. Remember that fishing above Vernon bridge is closed until Memorial Day Weekend.

We have had good reprots of Caddis and Blue Wing Olives hatching on the river. Nymphing a rubberleg in a size 4-8 has been extrmely effective these last few weeks.  Drop a caddis pupa or a bead head nymph below that rubberleg. Feel free to call the shop for any questions or up to the minute reports.

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Henry’s Fork 4-21-09

We have had really good reports on the Henry’s Fork. There have been really good Blue WIng Olive hatches, along with March Browns. The water is starting to get a little “tea” colored with this warm weather. The fall river has remained fairly clear, so fishing below Chester Dam is still an option. You can also fish around the warm river area and ashton. Rubberlegs have been extremely effective this last week. I would drop a small pheasant tail or a prince nymph below that rubber leg. As the weather continues to warm up we will continue to keep you posted as we find out more information. Feel free to call the shop to get an up to the minute report.

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Henry’s Fork 4-13-09

BWOs are emerging from Warm River Confluence on downstream. Best action is during PMs of overcast days and during gentle rains. Midge and skwala emergences are also going on, and a few March browns are showing up.  Streamers are always a good bet for larger fish, especially during low light conditions and along streamsides not in direct light.  No Fall River run-off yet, so fishing below Chester Dam is a great option as is from the Vernon Bridge to Chester and from Warm River to Ashton. Get in touch for current info as we are picking up experiences from several fly-fishers that are visiting the river in these reaches.

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Henry’s Fork 3-31-09

We have been hearing good things about the Henry’s Fork. The fishing is really starting to pick up. The Henry’s Fork will offer you the best opportunity for dry fly fishing this time of the year. Blue Wing Olives, and midges are hatching. There has also been some talk of fish eating Skwala’s on top as well. If you don’t see any dry fly action use a rubberleg and a mayfly nymph.  March Brown mayflies will be hatching anytime now. As the weather continues to warm up we should being seeing these bugs anytime. We will keep you updated on the fishing report as we hear more about this hatch. Stop by the shop, email or call us for an up to the minute report.

April 13th

BWOs are emerging from Warm River Confluence on downstream. Best action is during PMs of overcast days and during gentle rains. Midge and skwala emergences are also going on, and a few March browns are showing up.  Streamers are always a good bet for larger fish, especially during low light conditions and along streamsides not in direct light.  No Fall River run-off yet, so fishing below Chester Dam is a great option as is from the Vernon Bridge to Chester and from Warm River to Ashton. Get in touch for current info as we are picking up experiences from several fly-fishers that are visiting the river in these reaches.

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Henry’s Fork 03-11-2009

There is a big difference in hatches between the South Fork and the Henry’s Fork in March. On the Henry’s Fork you’ll get good hatches of Blue Wing Olives and Midges while the South Fork you won’t have Blue Wings until mid April. So if you are looking for a bigger dry to fish go to the Henry’s Fork.

Also consider fishing a sparse black or brown leech with a sink tip or sinking line. Cast slightly down stream and fish the leech like a soft hackle. The trout will not hit the leech or steamer hard but instead just tighten the line up and basically hook themselves. Remember to mend and slow the fly down.

For nymphs a Bennett’s Rubber Leg in any of his color versions are good patterns to use all Spring.

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Henry’s Fork 02/24

Access is still limited on the Henry’s Fork due to the snow. We have had reports of sucessful fishing at the Vernon bridge area, and at the Stone Bridge at the Warm River confluence. Nymphing has been working very well, we suggest a rubber leg and a San Juan worm. Midges are hatching on the river and the fish are up on them. Helpful tip to fishing midges: The smaller the better, your best size is a #20, if you have a hard time seeing the fly on the water tie a size #16 Parachute Adams above it. With the correct presentation when you see a rise around your Adams set the hook. Floating is out of the question on the Henry’s Fork all the boat ramps are snowed in. For and up to date report feel free to give us a call.

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Henry’s Fork 02/03

Fishing on the Henrys Fork has been good on the warmer days. Rubberlegs, san juan worms and small #18-22 nymphs have produced fish. Midge hatches are consistent on days when the tempature sores above freezing. Island Park has been getting lots of snow dumped on them the last few weeks. This is good for the upcoming fishing season. Unfortenly this limits access to areas of the river that are open year round. We have been informed that the vernon bridge boat ramp has a spot that has been plowed so you can park. You can also access the river at the fun farm bridge.

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Henry’s Fork 01/09

Fishing on the Henrys Fork has not changed much. Nymphing is still your best strategy for catching fish. Fish two nymphs, a rubber leg, prince nymph, zebra midges, or a glo bug. If you see fish rising throw a dry fly midge pattern. 

As winter continues, access to the river will become more difficult with the snow and shelf ice. Use caution while fishing in the winter. Common sense goes a long way. Don’t risk you safety for a fish. Some good ideas for saftey; Keep you car close to the area you are fishing. Bring an extra pair of dry clothes in case you fall in. It’s always a good ideas to have some extra food and water in case you get stranded. Small precautions will make a big difference if you have a emergancy.

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