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Henry’s Fork

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Henry’s Fork 5-27-09

We continue to get great reports from the Henry’s Fork and the fishing. The stonefly hatch is moving up the river and people have been reported fish eating stonefly adults from Warm River down to Chester Dam.  We received a email from a customer who had run into the owner of the Henry’s Fork Ranch, which is the Seely’s access below the Vernon Boat Ramp.  We have been asked to pass this information and we feel it is important. This is what he had to say:

The owner of the Henry’s Fork Ranch visited with me Monday morning & wanted me to notify as many as I could about the parking arrangement at the end of his driveway just upriver from Chester ( The old Seely Boat Ramp) … Bill said on Sunday that two Drift Boats were drug up the bank & loaded at this location making a mess out of the natural spring that flows into the river there. He wanted to make it clear that he doesn’t mind the parking as long as it doesn’t become a problem.  However launching, & retrieving your boat from this site is prohibited.  He mentioned if this misuse continues he will no longer allow parking. I think that it is sad to still hear & see people who abuse the good nature of the land owners private, or public. When I talk to, or hear from those who criticize, & complain about the land owners who deny access to Public lands or River/ Water shed access via Private lands, I laugh & tell them that we ( Sportspersons & Anglers ) are loosing more & more access every year through the thoughtless actions, poor decisions, & negative behavior of a few individuals who obviously could care less about good Stewardship, & Ethical Sportsman like conduct. Such disregard  is the main reason we are suffering loss of access & will continue to suffer.

Here at Jimmy’s All Seasons Angler we know that none of our customers would be guilty of activities that could deny future access.  We also know that our customers love to fish, and they are always on the water. We would like you ask you all to help protect our privileges from these generous land owners, and help us educated individuals who are not aware of these regulations, rules and land owner points of view. To make our stance clear on this situation we are not advising you to get into a physical confrontation.  We are only asking you all to help us educate others by informing them in a appropriate, tactful manner. Always feel free to contact land owners or the proper authorities, especialy if you feel uncomfortable. Remember that common sense and courtesy go a long way on the river and may even sustain the access you need to enjoy it.


Henry’s Fork 5-26-09

Salmon Fly Adult

There Here!

You can find these guys crawling around the lower Henry’s Fork and expect to see these guys starting to move up the canyon above warm river. The Box did not have any nymphs staging yet, expect them to be moving this week. Use the Hummer stone, Improved Sofa Pillow, or a Rolling Stone all in a size 4. Caddis are hatching as well, the Harrops Grey CDC Caddis was working very well this weekend. Nymphing is still a good option as well. A #4 rubberleg with a beadhead dropper. As more people continue to fish on the river remember common sense and a little courtesy goes a long ways. Be sure to call the shop for an up to the minute fishing report.


Henry’s Fork 5-25-09

Stoneflies are out in force below Ashton Dam.  Up to now, big nymph imitations have brought best success, but some fish are beginning to take dries.   From Warm River to Ashton, fish are responding well to big stonefly nymphs.  Look for fish to begin taking dries here later this week.  Don’t forget that caddis life cycle patterns will work well.  Flows above and below Ashton Dam are a bit above normal but constant. The river is a bit discolored from Warm River to Ashton, but not enough to impact fishing.   Box Canyon remains a bit slow, but a few fish are responding to deep nymphs and streamers.  No stonefly nymphs moving in significant numbers to date.  Fall River run-off still makes for poor fishing below Chester Dam unless you have a boat and are willing to fish deep.


Henry’s Fork 05-23-09

In the last couple of days the big stonefly nymphs have crawled out of the river from Ashton dam down to the Chester area. The dry fly fishing should start now but it might take a day or two for the fish to get on the big dries. The hatch will move upstream now before reaching box canyon in a week or so. We are going fishing for a couple of days so we’ll have some good information on Tuesday.


Henry’s Fork 5-21-09

Big stonefly nymphs are beginning to move on the lower river.   We have reports from folks seeing a few nymphs here and there from Warm River to top of Chester backwaters.  That bodes well for this weekend if one enjoys pithcing big stonefly nymphs.  Use sink tip lines, and try your favorite giant stonefly nymph pattern. Don’t forget that caddis life cycle patterns could also be effective, especially later in the day.  Although likely that it will be crowded, don’t overlook Box Canyon.  Both caddis life cycle and big stonefly nymphs could be effective here.


Henry’s Fork 5-18-09

Fall River has gone up to around 2500 cfs and likely will go higher today.  This means the Henry’s Fork below Chester Dam is not the place to fish for now because of high, cold, and roily water.  Now for the river above.  Flows below the Ashton Dam are stable but a bit higher than normal.  Above Ashton Reservoir some run-off is coming in from Robinson Creek.  We tried the river just below Vernon Bridge (second bridge below Ashton Dam) Saturday.  San Juan worms and big rubber legs worked well when fished deep.  We DID NOT see giant stonefly nymphs along stream edges.  Most likely that should begin in significant numbers late this week.  Nevertheless, because we did well on the big rubberlegs patterns there must be some nymphs available to fish in deeper water.  We’ll pass on any more info we have on the Henry’s Fork stonefly emergence before Memorial Day weekend.


Henry’s Fork 5-14-09

It’s a bit early for big stoneflies to be moving. Give a week or so and the nymphs will begin showing up in good numbers along shorelines above the Chester backwaters.  We’ll place info here on the stonefly hatch progress as soon as we receive it.  Right now the river below Chester Dam-Fall River confluence is not good fishing because of Fall river’s run-off.  Upstream there is some discolor especially above Ashton Reservoir. Currently nymphing and presenting streamers is the best way to find action almost everywhere the river is open to fishing above Chester.


Henry’s Fork 5-11-09

For now forget the river below the Fall River confluence-Chester Dam. The river above remains good fishing but is rising some because of run-off.  This week looks to be cool & windy, so run-off should not increase to make the river unfishable.   Streamers and nymphs presented on sink-tip lines will bring the best action.


Henry’s Fork 5-07-09

Our spring wind is making it difficult to take advantage of the dry flies on the Henry’s Fork. Not only does it depress the amount of emerging insects, it quickly whisks them away from the surface.  Early mornings and evenings, if the wind dies, can make for some good fishing.  All this also applies to the caddis emergence.  Look for streamers presented near cover, overhangs, and off sheltered banks to provide some action.   Fall River remains high and holds discolored water.  The Henry’s Fork below Chester Dam receives it, and  therefore does not offer fishing as good as upstream reaches.


Henry’s Fork 5-04-09

The river is running a bit high, but is quite fishable from Warm River to Chester (except for closed area from Ashton Dam to Vernon Bridge). Caddis life cycle, BWO life cyle patterns during PMs, nymphs and streamers bring action.  Fall River has introduced run off from recent rain/snow storms which will slow fishing a lot below Chester.