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Henry’s Lake

Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Henry’s Lake (Page 6)

Henry’s Fork 8-6-14

The river from Ashton Dam downstream  is in the “summer doldrums” now. Go elsewhere unless you try at sunrise or sunset with streamers. The big mayfly hatches are pretty much over in the Pinehaven-Harriman-Last Chance section (except for a few places where springs enter the river) until speckled duns and trico emergences become important.   Your best chances here are with terrestrial patterns. Patterns tied with traditional materials tend to have a more delicate imprint on the surface than those tied with foam or rubber. Thus, be a bit careful when choosing hopper patterns if you will be fishing slower waters.  In sections with faster water and a more broken surface, such as in Cardiac Canyon or around Riverside Campground, this difference is not as significant.

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Head North for good Stillwater action

Area stillwaters have slowed down for the most part due to the summer heat and water levels being drawn down. The reservoirs to the southeast have been most affected by the summer heat. The only real option on lakes like Daniels and Chesterfield is fishing deep and fishing early. Fast sinking lines and deep indicator fishing with double chironomid set ups have been most productive.

Lakes and Reservoirs to the North have fared a little better as far as water levels and water temperatures. We have received good reports from Hebgen, Cliff, Wade, Island Park, and Henry’s Lake in the past week. Henry’s Lake has been fishing well around the Targhee Creek area early in the morning with patterns like the Henry’s Lake Pheasant tail, Henry’s Lake Renegade, Lt. Olive Crystal, and Henry’s Lake scud. Concentrate on shallow water early and work your way to deeper water as the sun continues to rise.

The Sand Creek Ponds have been fishing well lately too. After a slow opener, things seem to have picked up a little bit. The best fishing has been early and late in the day with damsel and Callibaetis nymphs under an indicator. On certain days, the dry fly fishing on Callibaetis spinners has been very good. If you prefer to fish sinking lines, a slow sinking line and darker brown/olive mohair leeches have been producing well.

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Henry’s Lake 7-8-14

Fly over Henry’s Lake, and you can tell from the boat clusters where the good fishing is. In front of Targhee and Duck creeks, in front of The Cliffs, and certain spots out in the lake where there are channels between weed beds are favored locations. Damselfly nymphs are what’s working in these places.  So are midge pupa patterns if you can find the taking depth, and small woolly bugger patterns.

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Henry’s Lake 6-21-14

Fishing is good, but watch out for the wind! Fish have mostly move away from shorelines.  So get out in the lake to about 12-15 feet of water. Use Type 2 or 3 lines to get those leech, halloween, and olive crystal patterns down to fish.  Consider trying a Gartside wet mouse pattern. Use a very slow troll with a once-in-a-while twitch. Not familiar with great and easily tied pattern? Get in touch with us to learn how to tie it.

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Henry’s Lake 5-27-14

Opening weekend saw great fishing on Henry’s Lake. Fish are close to shore all around the lake.  Midge pupa patterns fished under an indicator are producing. So are leech patterns presented on intermediate lines.

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Henry’s Lake 11/12/13

Henry’s Lake froze over not too long ago, but the warmer weather thawed it. So there is open water, but the lake has a history of freezing over for good around the  twentieth of this month. Thinking of fishing there?  Better hurry!

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Henry’s Lake 11-5-13

Bad weather usually means better fishing on Henry’s Lake. Cold temperatures and wind with strong possibility of snow will be the norm, so bundle up.  When we have a night with no wind accompanied by very low air temperatures, the lake could ice over just about any time this month.  For now best fishing seems to be with intermediate lines to present small leech patterns and small fly rod jigs just about anywhere on the lake.

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Henry’s Lake 10-12-13

Very low water makes it tough to launch anything bigger than a pontoon boat by the hatchery. But wading works as well there as float tubing or pontoon boating because a good number of fish are in shallow water.  They will take leech patterns with black being as effective as peacock. Gold, olive, and purple crystal are also effective.  Expect more cutts than brookies or hybrids responding.  Beware of the wind!

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Henry’s Lake 10-8-13

You can get into good fishing just about anywhere on the lake. Creek mouths will be the most crowded, especially at Targhee and Howard Creeks.  With the lake at only 75% of capacity some silt is exposed and in shallows subjected to being stirred up. So a good strategy when the wind blows is to present large leech patterns in the discolored water. Don’t worry; the fish can see them.  This adds another strategy to those we have suggested in earlier reports.

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