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Henry’s Fork

Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Henry’s Fork (Page 4)

Henry’s Fork 7-2-16

Emerging PMDs and their spinner falls are providing action on the upper river and brown drakes are still emerging during evenings on the river from Wood Rd 16  up to the Osborne Bridge. Select locations within can become somewhat crowded. Flavs are coming on, too. Nymphing is the best way for action in Box Canyon. The lower river, mainly below Ashton Dam, is warming to the point that choosing another location to fish is worth considering. With summer coming on and accompanying low water, looks like mid-day fishing may not pick up until September. That means fruitful lower river fishing visits will take place during early morning and evening hours.

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Henry’s Fork 06-27-16

The fishing on the Henry’s Fork on the lower section is starting to slow down and be an early morning and late evening game due to the hot water. The upper Henry’s Fork from Harriman State Park and up has been fishing well. The lower section has been most consistent with Caddis in the evening and a few mayflies in the mornings. Harriman has been fishing well with PMDs and Box Canyon has been fishing well with nymphs even though the river has been raised to 1300 cfs.

Flies I would use:

Dry Flies: Rusty Biot Spinner size 16 & 18, CDC PMD Thorax Dun 18, Elk Hair Caddis Tan 14,

Nymphs: Bennett’s Rubber Leg Brown size 10, Psycho Prince size 16, Pheasant Tail size 16, Bead-Headed Crystal Pheasant Tail size 16 & 18.

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Henry’s Fork 06-20-16

Despite this warm weather and warmer water temperatures, the Henry’s Fork has been fishing well in the morning and in the evenings. The Green Drakes have still been coming off in the morning with fish looking for them. Along with the Green Drakes, there is still a good PMD spinner fall in the morning and evenings. Also, the nymph fishing in the slots and behind rocks has been working. Lastly, the Caddis fishing has been the best in the evenings right before dark with a lot of fish looking up.

Flies I would use:

Dry Flies: Rusty Biot Spinner size 16 & 18, CDC PMD Thorax Dun 18, Elk Hair Caddis Tan 14, Green Drake Wulff 10.

Nymphs: Bennett’s Rubber Leg Brown size 10, Psycho Prince size 16, Pheasant Tail size 16, Bead-Headed Crystal Pheasant Tail size 16 & 18.

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Henry’s Fork 06-16-16

The Henry’s Fork still continues to fish well with Green Drakes, PMD’s, and Caddis. The mornings and evenings have seen a good PMD fall with rusty spinners. Green Drakes have been fishing the best in about mid day, and even fishing them blind has worked if you don’t see any of them coming off. If all else fails fishing a dry fly, the nymph fishing in the slots and behind rocks will produce a couple of fish. Lastly, the fishing right before dark with Caddis has been good.

Flies I would use:

Dry Flies: Rusty Biot Spinner size 16 & 18, CDC PMD Thorax Dun 18, Elk Hair Caddis Tan 14, Green Drake Wulff 10.

Nymphs: Bennett’s Rubber Leg Brown size 10, Psycho Prince size 16, Pheasant Tail size 16, Bead-Headed Crystal Pheasant Tail size 16 & 18.

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Henry’s Fork 06-13-16

Fishing Green Drakes on the Henry’s Fork has a been good. The best fishing with the Green Drakes has been from about 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m during a bright sunny day. Along with the drakes, there has been a good PMD spinner fall in the morning and in the evenings. On the lower Henry’s Fork, there has been a dead period between 2:00 p.m. to about 5:30ish during the hottest part of the day. Then, fishing has been good right at dark with caddis. Lastly, a friendly reminder that Harriman State Park, the Ranch, is open on Wednesday, June 15th.

Flies I would use:

Dry Flies: Rusty Biot Spinner size 16 & 18, CDC PMD Thorax Dun 18, Elk Hair Caddis Tan 14, Green Drake Wulff 10.

Nymphs: Bennett’s Rubber Leg Brown size 10, Psycho Prince size 16, Pheasant Tail size 16, Bead-Headed Crystal Pheasant Tail size 16 & 18.

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Henry’s Fork 6-11-16

The best action to date is on the lower river (Bear Gulch to Chester Dam) where caddisflies are out big time. They are accompanied in smaller numbers by yellow sallies. A few green and gray drakes and PMDs are making appearances with hatch peaks yet to come. Some adult golden stoneflies remain and cloudier afternoons will bring out BWOs. Midges are always present and ants and beetles fall into shoreline waters. So for the fish conditions are like having an aqueous Chuckarama where the choice of what to eat is up to them. For the fly-fisher this means figuring out what fish are taking at a given time!

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Henry’s Fork 6-9-16

The Henry’s Fork has Green Drakes on it from Warm River to Fun Farm bridge, and the fish are starting to eat them. Also, there is a good spinner fall in the mornings, and then later in the evenings the fishing has been good with Caddis. A few golden stones are still around and can be used to catch fish out in the middle of the river behind rocks. If there seems to be no action on the surface, I would head to deep troughs and try your luck with nymphs.

Dry Flies: Rusty Biot Spinner size 16 & 18, Green Drake Wulff size 10, Improved-X Caddis Tan or Olive size 16, Super Chernobyl Golden Yellow size 10

Nymphs: Red Copper John size 16, Bennett’s Brown Rubber-leg size 8 & 10, Psycho Prince size 16, Pheasant Tail nymph size 16 & 18

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Henry’s Fork 06-06-2016

The fishing has been good on the Henry’s Fork. The Salmon flies are finished, but the Golden-stone fishing has been good from Stone Bridge down to Fun Farm bridge. Also in that section, I would start to look for Green Drake and Flavs from mid-day on. There has been a good pmd spinner fall in the morning and then with good Caddis fishing right before dark. Finally, if all else seems to fail for dry fly fishing, you could put on nymphs and fish the slots and rocks out in the middle of the river.

Flies that I would use on the those sections are:

Dry  Flies:

Super Chernobyl Golden Yellow size 8 & 10, Olive Hares Ear Parachute Adams size 12, D&D Cripple Green Drake size 10, Rusty Biot Spinner size 16 & 18, Improved X Caddis Tan & Olive size 14 &16

Nymphs:

Pats Tan/Brown Rubber Leg size 8, Red Copper John size 16, Psycho Prince size 18, Crystal Golden Stone size 10

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Henry’s Fork 6-4-16

An important message came to us from the Henry’s Fork Foundation. Take a look at it below if you plan to fish the Box Canyon-Last Chance part of the river.

If you’re fishing the Henry’s Fork this weekend, please see the important message below regarding flows out of Island Park Dam and conditions in Box Canyon today [6/4/2016]:

Over the past 48 hours, turbines at Island Park Dam have been tripping off and the control system is not functioning properly. Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative has shut off the turbines and is working to set the west side gates at 650 cfs until full repairs are made. Flows will be stable through the remainder of the weekend, but conditions could be variable in Box Canyon today.

Any future updates to this report will be shared via email and posted on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HenrysFork/

 

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Henry’s Fork 5-31-16

Seems like trout response to the adults in  the giant stonefly hatch could be better up and down the river. Recent cool weather and changes in flow out of Island Park Dam can be reasons for action a bit slower than usual.  Let’s see if the predicted weather warm-up brings more action.

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