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Henry’s Lake 7-19-10

The damselfly emergence has been spotty so far.  Some locations along the west and east shoreline have produced, but the peak of the hatch has gone by for the year.  Best fishing is around east side creek mouths with Targhee Creek leading the way. It gets crowded in front of the creek, so get there early and expect that you will accumulate company if you catch fish.  Mighty mite, Henry’s Lake renegade, and small California leeches are amongst the taking patterns.  Howard Creek mouth is not as crowded, but there are not as many fish.

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HENRY’S LAKE 7/13

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Bright spots on Henry’s Lake right now are in the Targhee and Howard Creek areas. Leeches such as the California , Halloween and Henry’s olive red have been the “go to” flies.  BS’s Mighty Mouse has also been a timely favorite . Intermediate and # 2 sinking lines have been the most consistent way in which to catch fish.

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Henry’s Lake 7-09-10

Best fishing appears to be on east side creek mouths with Targhee Creek outlet leading the pack.  Just look for concentration of boats.  Mity mite, Henry’s Lake renegade and California leech are good candidate patterns. Damselfly hatch is ongoing, but a bit spotty. Try west side as well as east side, and look for channels between weed beds.

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Henry’s Lake 7-05-10

The cool, wet spring has slowed activity, but damselfly nymphs are beginning to move. That means big time action somewhere on the lake soon.  As we suggested in our last report on the lake, the west side should soon be a good choice to find action from fish taking damselfly nymph patterns.  For now creek mouths, especially around Targhee Creek, is the best place for action.

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Henry’s Lake 7-3-10

Damselfly nymphs are just beginning to move.  Looks like best days are ahead. Locations along the west side of the lake will be the best to enjoy fish taking their imitations.  Also we have reports of fish schooling at the mouth of Targhee Creek. So try damselfly nymphs and such Henry’s Lake classics as the mity mite and the California leech there.

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Henry’s Lake 6-28-10

Been kind of slow here according to folks we have talked to lately.   But  on a normal year, damselfly nymphs begin moving big time about now.   This activity was  slow to develop last year, and with the lake still relatively cool, same could happen this year.  If we hear of damselflies getting active and fish chasing them, we’ll report it here.

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Henry’s Lake 6-19-10

We hear that fish are beginning to move to deeper water.  This means get out on the lake and troll streamers, try midge pupa or even scud patterns. In a few weeks Damselfly nymphs will be the name of the game, then look for spring holes and shallow water.

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Henry’s Fork 6-12-10

Giant stoneflies are still hanging around thanks to our cool rainy weather, but golden stones are coming on.   The older, more experienced (meaning bigger) fish will be aware of them.  Best locations are from Riverside down to Warm River, Coffee Pot area, or Box (most crowded) Canyon.   Don’t overlook walking in to such as Bear Gulch, Mesa Falls and Hatchery Ford.  The other oncoming event is the PMD emergence.  For now the lower river ABOVE Chester backwaters will be the best location for this event.   Fall River is still putting runoff water into the river, so it is tough for us to recommend fishing below Chester Dam.   Caddis, of course, are just about everywhere, and if you visit the river in the evening and do not have streamer patterns in your fly box you could miss an opportunity for the biggest fish of the year.

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Henry’s Lake 6-5-10

Opening day fishing  success depended on location.   Near the hatchery and the State Park proved the best locations.  Weather has been tough with wind rain & some snow, but looks to improve.  Small leech (beadhead peacock leech) patterns seem best for fishing shallow waters for now.  Let’s see what works as the weather improves.

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