South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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Small Streams

Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Small Streams (Page 23)

Small Streams 8-31-09

As we cool during September some of these will see less insect activity, but the larger ones such as the Teton, Blackfoot, Greys, Portneuf, Warm and Fall rivers, creeks including Robinson, Big Elk, the Salt River tribs and Palisades will remain good choices because of BWO, mahogany dun, caddis, cranefly, and terrestrial insect activity.  On any of these streams hosting brown trout, streamers will become important.


Small Streams 8-26-09

No big changes since last report. One specific thought is that the afternoon flav emergence on Big Elk Creek is near its peak.   Redfish have migrated miles up the creek, but most anglers chasing them do not walk far.


Small Streams 8-20-09

Terrestrial and attractor patterns work on all these this time of year. Some such as Birch Creek,  Warm River, upper and lower reaches of the Teton River,  and Stump Creek have morning Trico spinner falls.


Bear Creek

The pic above shows Bear Creek about 1.5 miles above the campground/trailhead.  Current Creek Guard Station sits at the edge of  the fenced meadow.  From here upstream as far as time permits the creek is a beautiful destination to fish.  Resident cutthroat trout ranging  to eighteen inches readily take terrestrial and attractor patterns.  To enjoy Bear Creek; cross Palisades Dam, go past the Calamity area and bear right where the road forks.  From here Bear Creek is about an eight mile drive.  Get in touch with us for strategy thoughts on fishing this and other small streams.


Small Streams 8-17-09

They are all fishing well whether you choose Salt River tribs, South Fork tribs, Henry’s Fork tribs, Birch Creek and other sinks streams, Portneuf River drainage streams, and others.  Terrestrial and attractor patterns are the way to go.  Sawmill Creek (below) at the head of Little Lost River has fast action for brookies, bull trout, and ‘bows.  Thirty and forty fish days are common here.



Small Streams 8-14-09

With terrestrial insects here to stay for a while,  the choice of smaller waters with great fishing is huge.  This will continue until we get into those frosty nights.  We get information every day on fishing conditions from so many of these waters.  Get in touch with us or come in for a  visit to learn the best smaller waters at any given time.


Small Streams 8-10-09

With terrestrial insects so important in trout diets this time of year, small streams offer great fishing choices, especially for anglers seeking some solitude or for those preferring to use lighter equipment.  Because of our back to back great snowfall winters, most are in great shape. The pic below shows Warm River Spring, the source of much water in that river.


True, there is good fishing in the smaller reach above.  But below the spring the river hosts a better insect base and has better water for hosting a bigger trout population. Fish here range up to the mid teens in inches of length, and because brookies, browns, ‘bows, and a rare cutt are present you never know for sure which has just hit your fly.  Mainly a riffle and run stream for miles, this part of Warm River is delightful.  Get in touch with us to learn how to approach it.


Small Streams 8-03-09

Most of these are in great shape. with terrestrial insects nearing their peak and most featuring ever present caddis and sallys.  It really is too much to relate information on each here because nearly all are good fishing and will remain so until fall.   So get in touch with us for particulars on any you may be interested in visiting.


Small Streams 7-29-09

With terrestrial season coming on, most small waters will be excellent choices. The only “fly in the ointment” will be warming water.   So for those at lower elevation it won’t hurt to check water temperature profiles.  We have reports that the upper Blackfoot River is clearing.  This is just in time for terrestrial season.  Warm River below the spring always has water of an ideal temperature.  It’s pretty much the same for Birch Creek in the Family Area above Lone Pine where numerous springs flow in.  So it is a good choice, especially if you want to give some light-weight equipment a try.


Blackfoot River on IDF&G Wildlife Management Area


Small Streams 7-27-09

They are all fishing well except for some headwater streams that have warmed up. These include such as Rock, Squirrel and Conant creeks. Right now Big Elk, Palisades, Rainy, Pine and McCoy creeks are fishing quite well. Use traditional attractor and terrestrial patterns.  Same can be said for Salt River tribs; Jackknife, Tincup, Stump and Crow creeks.  Warm River just below the spring is a great choice for traditional attractors in small sizes.  The upper Blackfoot River is clearing, but small leech patterns work best until fish begin looking for terrestrial insects.