South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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Small Streams 8-21-10

This is a great time to try the South Fork and Salt River tribs.   The flav hatch seems to be erratic on these so far but terrestrial patterns, particularly foam beetle and hopper patterns, work on all of these.     On all of these best fishing is afternoon when waters have warmed to allow aquatic insect activity.   Start with the terrestrial patterns presented around overhead cover, then watch for rises to afternoon caddis activity.   And the chance for solitude is great on all of these, especially if you get away from roads and habitation.   Some others away from the South Fork and Salt River are Bitch Creek, Teton River, Warm River, and the upper Blackfoot River.  Get in touch with us to get information on which of these streams are best at any given time.


Small Streams 8-17-10

Whether you float the Teton River, walk in to the Blackfoot River on the Wildlife Management area or try streams of equivalent character, terrestrial insect patterns are your best bet for  action this time of year. In Teton River canyon chernobyl types work well, and on the Blackfoot River with its slower flowing waters, traditional hopper patterns would be best.  Some of the smaller streams now at base levels (Robinson Creek) or having significant diversion for irrigation (Fall River) are warm, and action on them can slow.  There are some good exceptions to this warming.   Birch Creek (try attractor and terrestrial patterns) in the family area stays cools because of springs above and within the area.  Warm River (try attractor, PMD life cycle, sally, and terrestrial patterns)  below the spring will remain good fishing to the end of the season because the spring provides cool water in abundance. The same happens with Palisades Creek  (Try flav, terrestrial and attractor patterns) which receives cooler water from subsurface flows from the upper lake.  The lower lake also has an subsurface component to flow coming out.  Both these keep Palisades Creek water temps at best levels for trout and insect activity.


Small Streams 8-07-10

Many are at their best fishing shape right now.  The Teton River is fishing great throughout its length. In Teton Basin, PMDs are providing action with terrestrial populations coming on. In the canyon, terrestrial patterns and chernobyl types provide the best action.  Fall River is slow because of irrigation draw down. The upper Blackfoot River is providing good action in the Wildlife Management area. Flows in the river below the reservoir vary enough to make for spotty fishing.  Terrestrial patterns, bead head nymphs, and sometimes PMD life cycle patterns bring action.  South Fork and Salt River tribs are excellent fishing now with flav life cycle and terrestrial patterns making for great action. Small bead head nymphs bring early in the day action on all of these.  Robinson Creek continues to produce with caddis, terrestrial and attractor patterns making for action.   Same goes for Birch, Beaver and Medicine lodge creeks.  Another choice is Warm River for a mile or two below the spring.  Here caddis, sallys, PMDs, terrestrials, and a few BWOs make for action.


Small Streams 7-31-10

Some of our smaller streams dropping to base levels are warming  to point where fish move out to bigger, cooler water or feed only early or late in the day when water is cooler.  Most other small streams are fishing very well. They will continue to do so as terrestrial insects become more important in trout’s diet.   Terrestrial insects are  a reason why meadow streams are so much fun to fish. Streams that hold meadow reaches  famed for terrestrial insect populations are numerous around our area. Some of the best include the Teton River in the Basin, The Blackfoot River in the Blackfoot River Wildlife Management  Area, Lower McCoy Creek, Lower Jackknife Creek,  Birch Creek, Medicine Lodge Creek, Stump Creek, Crow Creek and Camas Creek. With grasshopper populations beginning to build fishing waters such as these should be considered.  Stop at the shop to see our selection of terrestrial insect patterns and to pick up ” where and how to” information on these waters.


Small Streams 7-22-10

Reports come in almost every day about the great fishing on such as Robinson Creek, Teton River, the upper Blackfoot River, Tincup Creek, the upper Portneuf River. Golden stones, PMDs, sallys, caddis, beetles and ants, even craneflies are food forms, so patterns for each as well as traditional attractors are making for action. Even smallest streams such as Sawmill, Beaver, Medicine Lodge, Conant, Jackknife,  Birch and other creeks are producing. All this, and the hopper season has not really started.  So many places to try, and so much information is available.  Get in touch with us to help make a choice from the many small streams we have in the region.


Small Streams 7-19-10

Again, with all these currently in top conditions, it is tough to pass on details for each.   Suffice it to say that traditional attractor patterns in sizes  like #12 -#18 will catch fish in all places. Where flows are slower it becomes more important to simulate the insects that are available.  For most of these waters at this time of year that means PMD, yellow sally and caddis life cycle patterns.  Many of these waters also have a few golden stoneflies around, and terrestrials such as ants and beetles.  Streams with slower reaches  also have damselflies.  Flavs are showing up on a few streams. The hopper season is just around the corner, so begin adding small hopper patterns to your fly box, and be sure that the color of these matches that of the vegetation where you will use them.  Fishing particularly good right now are the Blackfoot River above the reservoir, Robinson Creek, Teton River in the Basin and around the Hog Hollow Bridge, Sinks streams (Beaver, Medicine Lodge, Sawmill Creek-Little Lost River), Warm River below the spring, Tincup Creek, Jackknife Creek, and Stump Creek.  For specific information on these and other streams, get in touch with us.


Small Streams 7-09-10

It’s like being “a kid in the candy store”! They are all in good shape: Henry’s Fork drainage, Teton River Drainage, South Fork tribs, Fall River drainage,Salt River tribs, Sinks drainages, Blackfoot River drainage, Portneuf River drainage and on & on.  There is so much available water it would take pages to describe the how’s, where’s and with what’s. So get in touch with us for recommendations.


Small Streams 7-05-10

They are all in top shape!  The Teton River is now dropping, and big stoneflies are out in the canyon.   Ar you looking for less turbulent waters this time of year?  You can find very interesting fishing on Robinson Creek with brookies, browns, cutts, and ‘bows present. This time of year a 14-15″ one of these is a braggin’ fish, but in the fast water, they are pure fun. Afternoons & evenings are best.  Then you have a choice of what patterns to fish: the caddis life cycle, beetles & ants, lingering green drakes & golden stones, or PMDs.   Traditional attractors work very well on this riffle and run treasure.  On most other streams PMDs, beetles & ants, lingering sallys & golden stoneflies, and caddisflies are attracting fish: Warm River, Buffalo River, Upper Portneuf River;  Birch, Beaver, Medicine Lodge, Stump, Jackknife creeks. Now that all South Fork and Palisades Reservoir tribs, and the upper Blackfoot River drainage are open the choice of smaller waters increases.  Get in touch with us or come in to learn more about this wonderful choice of waters and how to fish them.


Small Streams 6-28-10

Most of these are in good shape and will be that way for the rest of the summer.  in general, dry attractor patterns will work on nearly all of these. Teton River drainage streams flowing off the Grand Teton Range are  high,  but big stoneflies are out.  Want some great action and a chance for an occasional big cutt or brown?  Try the Salt river tribs: Stump , Crow and Jackknife creeks.  All have meadow reaches where PMDs and green drakes are emerging.  Robinson Creek remains a great small stream to enjoy a multiple hatch situation with caddis, green drakes, PMDs, BWOs, midges and golden stones attracting trout.


Small Streams 6-26-10

Big exception for being in great shape are Teton River drainage streams coming off the Grand Teton Range.   Bitch Creek, especially, is putting discolored water in the river.  Robinson Creek green drakes are emerging, so are PMDs, caddis and a few golden stones are left.  On Warm River, PMDs  and yellow sallys are emerging, a few goldens are around , and the PM caddis hatch makes for a great time to try light weight equipment.   Want some pan-sized brookies?  Try the upper reaches of Buffalo River, Tom’s Creek and Partridge Creek.  No reports yet on the Little lost drainage, but most Salt River drainage streams coming out of Idaho (Jackknife, Tincup, Stump creeks) are in great shape.  Use golden stone  and yellow sally adult patterns, PMD and caddis life cycle patterns.  Fall River giant stonefly emergence is way up the canyon and approaching the Cave Falls area. The Ashton-Flagg Road is not officially open –needs to dry out on the highest (middle) stretch.