South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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Small Streams

Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Small Streams (Page 25)

Small Streams 6-19-10

Small streams in the Henry’s Fork drainage are shaping up. Most are a bit high, but clear. The Fall River stonefly hatch  has begun.  Action will move up to the Kirkham Bridge soon. Robinson Creek and its tribs are high, clear and fisheable.    Big stoneflies have emerged, but wet flies and nymph patterns are best until flows drop some.  Teton River remains high & discolored.   In the canyon, stoneflies should hatch in significant numbers soon.  Warm and Buffalo rivers, Partridge and Tom’s creeks are  great choices for trying light weight tackle with caddisflies, PMDs, BWOs, and a few golden stones emerging (on Warm River).   Birch Creek family area remains a great place to take youngsters, oldsters and entry level folks.   Most emergences there are during afternoons.  Beaver and Medicine Lodge creeks are also high, clear, and fisheable.  PMD hatches on the upper Portneuf River are resulting in action. Salt River drainage streams in Idaho are also high,and clear. No reports yet on fishing success there.


Small Streams 6-8-10

Most of these remain high and discolored because of the near tropical rains we have had.  Birch Creek in an exception.  Fish are not feeding on top because the slightly high water erodes banks to send food into the stream.  For sure a 14″  ‘bow is a braggin’ fish here, but the action is unbeatable.  Take the lightest rod you have, some nymph patterns, peacock woolly worms, San Juan worms, and head for the Family Area above Lone Pine.

When this stormy weather is over there will be many smaller waters to choose from for great fly-fishing experiences.  We will post here the best of these for you to consider.   You can always contact the shop for up to date information.


Small Streams 6-5-10

Most of these have been impacted by our recent rains.   This really applies to streams in the Henry’s Fork drainage. Wait for rains to stop and weather to warm for best fishing.  One exception might be the Portneuf  River above Pebble Creek where PMDs have been emerging big time.


Small Streams 5-29-10

Many of these are discolored and some are running  a bit high because of our current storms.  This includes most in the Henry’s Fork drainage and the Portneuf drainage below Pebble  Creek.  When the stormy weather moves out many of these will shape up and be an alternative to crowded conditions on parts of the Henry’s Fork.   We’ll keep up to date & pass on progress here.


Small Streams 5-20-10

The Birch Creek family area is the star of the show here.   Water conditions are  just about perfect.   Look for best action during the afternoon hours from caddis, BWOs, and yellow sallys.

Recommended Fly Patterns

  • Soft hackles ( partridge & orange, partridge  & purple, partridge & peacock, tungsten & orange)
  • Elk hair caddis
  • Butch caddis
  • BWO comparadun
  • Traditional attractors (renegade, humpy, wulff patterns, parachute adams)
  • Sandy mite
  • Copper john
  • Bead head pheasant tail
  • Prince nymph (with & w/o bead head)

Small Streams 5-14-10

The Birch Creek Family Area  above Lone Pine is a great choice to take a youngster, anyone new to fly fishing, or to try out that light weight fly rod.  Right now the creek is in near perfect shape.  It’s high country water, so fish (rainbows & brookies) and insects do not become active until mid day.   Then look for caddis, small stoneflies, and BWOs to become active and for fish to respond.  Small bead head nymphs, the almost forgotten peacock wooly worm, dry attractors, yellow sally patterns, or life cycle patterns for caddis and BWOs  are just the ticket.  Come to the shop for more information on this great little stream.


Small Streams 3-13-10

Winter fishing season ends on March 31st.  Between now and then some small streams to consider are Warm River around the campground, Fall River above Chester, and the Portneuf River above Lava Hot Springs.  Warm and Fall River still have shore ice and snow, but it is going quickly making access easier.  On all of these streams midges and an increasing BWO emergence currently will bring dry fly action.   Small bead head and rubber legs patterns should be in your fly box for wet fly fishing.


Big Lost River 3-13-10

Flow out of Mackay Dam remains at just over 100 cfs, snow is leaving the country, and BWOs are becoming active. Small bead head nymphs, BWO and midge life cycle patterns, and golden stone nymphs should be in your fly box.  Winter fishing season ends March 31st.   So with improving weather consider the Big Lost between town and the dam. Wading is easy, ‘bows and brookies are active, and only a few anglers will be present.   What more could you ask for?


Small Streams 2-27-10

Winter season closes on these March 31st, in fact this season closes tomorrow (Feb. 28th) on Silver Creek.  Others that close March 31st and have been fishing well include Warm River and Fall River. Small nymphs work well in both with large stonefly nymphs producing in Fall River between Chester and the canyon mouth. The Little Wood River remains open year round, and should be on your “to try” list for March.  Not much run-off is expected here this year. If the river is a bit discolored when you visit,  rely on woolly bugger types around overhead cover and at transitions.   When it clears try caddis and BWO life cycle patterns.