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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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