South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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Small Streams

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Small Streams 7-27-2011

Once again we suggest contacting us about which small stream to fish this time of the season. There is an almost endless choice here, and most will offer great fishing now that run-off is mostly out of the system.  We have small streams where cutthroat are the dominant trout, others where browns dominate, others where brookies take over, and others where rainbows rule the roost.  We even have some where you may encounter grayling.   Some of these streams are riffle and run, some are meadow streams, others feature beaver ponds.  So pick your species or type of water you enjoy and get in touch with us.


Small Streams 7-21-2011

A request we receive many times is: “Where do I take my entry level friend or family member. All they want to do is learn how to catch fish” ?  We always answer this question with suggesting a small stream.  Small streams are less intimidating,  more approachable, safer, and fish tend to concentrate in them.   Afternoons are the best time to be on these as they warm up to levels where fish will be chasing both aquatic and terrestrial insects.  In these smaller waters fish must make the most of opportunities, so they are always ready to feed, and this time of year so much of what they are after is on the surface. We can recommend which small waters at any given time will be worth the experience for an entry level person. Get in touch or come in to get some ideas on where to try.


Small Streams 7-18-2011

Give streams draining the west slope of the Grand Teton Range another week or so, and they will join our huge variety of small streams offering great fishing.  There is a perception that because a stream is small it will not hold large trout.   Don’t believe it!   Most of the larger creeks in the South Fork-Palisades Reservoir drainage hold cutthroat that would qualify as large in the South Fork and the reservoir.  For sure there are not as many large ones present, but there are much fewer folks fishing these, no boats to intrude on your riffle, and terrific scenery. It’s the same with small streams in the Henry’s Fork drainage and the Salt river drainage.  And there are many more small water that hold large trout.   Want to get away from the crowds and still have a chance at some large trout in moving water?  We can recommend several places where you will have chances. Come in and listen to what we can suggest.


Small Streams 7-14-2011

We are about where we should be with respect to good fishing on small streams. The big exception would be streams draining the west slope of the Grand Teton range. Huge amounts of snow higher up are keeping these waters high.  Right now there are several areas where you can find great small stream fishing. To name a few: the Sinks drainages (Medicine Lodge, Beaver, Birch, Camas, Little Lost, Pleasant Valley,Sawmill): Salt River tribs (Jackknife, Tin Cup, Stump, Crow), South Fork (Bear, Fall, McCoy, Pine, Palisades, Big Elk): Henry’s Fork (Warm River, Robinson Creek, Buffalo River). As you can see, we don’t have room here to discuss individual waters, so get in touch or visit us for details.


Small Streams 7-11-2011

Some of these are rounding into shape.  These include the Salt River tribs which can offer some good browns and cutts.  Look for sallys, caddis, PMDs and a few golden stones to be present. Along with their life cycle patterns traditional attractor will be effective.


Small Streams 7-8-2011

Add Robinson Creek to the list of good small waters now offering good fishing.  It’s a great small stream with brookies, browns, cutts, rainbows, and a few whitefish thrown in.  They take almost anything offered, but right now for specifics, caddis, sally, golden stone, and PMD life cycle patterns work.  Sure, most of what you tie into will be a foot or less, but there are some real surprises here, especially in the lower reaches.


Small Streams 7-5-2011

Any area stream that drains high country is full of run-off thanks to our recent hot weather.  This includes Grand Teton Range west slope drainages, Salt and Grey’s river drainages, Fall River Basin streams, and South Fork/Palisades Reservoir tribs.  Small streams that can be fished include Birch Creek (of course),  Tom’s Creek,  Chick Creek, Squirrel Creek, and  Warm River. This hot weather will mean run-off aplenty for a while yet, but when it ends the choice of quality small waters will be almost endless and each will offer great action.


Small Streams 6-29-2011

At last some are beginning to shape up.  Beaver and Camas creeks are worth fishing.  So are Tincup and other creeks flowing out of Idaho into the Salt River.  Try beadhead nymphs, San Juan worm, and wooly bugger variations. On July 1st several South Fork tributaries open to fishing.  Post spawning cutts to big sizes are likely to be in Bear and McCoy creeks.  Woolly buggers and small streamers should interest these fish. If you are looking for small brookies, try Tom’s and Chick creeks at the top of the Buffalo River, Squirrel Creek, and upper Warm River.


Small Streams 6-4-2011

Birch Creek remains the only one ready for fishing, and it is offering some great times for those bringing light weight fly gear.  Wet and dry attractors, BWO and caddis  life cycle patterns will bring afternoon action in the family area  and in the diversion.  These are mostly wild fish.  The creek between Lone Pine and the diversion is heavily fished and is full of planters.


Small Streams 5-28-11

Birch Creek is by far the best, but wait for the holiday crowds to leave by Monday.   It’ll be a while before waters drop on most others—we’ll let you know when these shape up.