South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Fishing Reports (Page 16)

Still Waters 6-8-19

Chesterfield, Hawkins, and Daniels Reservoirs currently seem to offer the best fishing. Midge pupa under an indicator when finding the taking depth, slowly trolled leech patterns, and damselfly nymph patterns presented near sunken vegetation seem to be best methods to give action. Be careful of windy conditions especially on all of our larger still waters.

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Henry’s Fork 6-8-19

Big stoneflies are flying and laying eggs in Box Canyon.  This has helped thinned out the fishing pressure on the lower river. Some of the big stoneflies remain flying on the lower river and golden stoneflies to begin doing the same any day now followed by green drakes. Do not overlook early and late day caddis activity anywhere on the river.  If you want to escape the stonefly madness, consider trying the river on the Flat Ranch Preserve. We call it ” Henry’s Lake Outlet”, but the USGS calls it the “Henry’s Fork.”  Most of the larger fish within it are Henry’s Lake escapees, so present what you would in Henry’s Lake for now.

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Small Streams 6-8-19

 

 

Warm River Spg.

Back country roads are opening up allowing access to many smaller streams. Roads to Bear and McCoy Creeks are open, but both are running a bit high with some discolor. The road into Warm River Spring is open, and the river here, especially going downstream, will have good action when nymph patterns, with and without bead heads, are presented. BWOs should be coming out in good numbers there.  Fall River is running high from a combination of rain and run-off.  All Teton River drainage streams are running high with run-off and from recent rains.  Robinson Creek is clearing but high. Lower Blackfoot River is running high.

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South Fork 6-8-19

Flow out of Palisades Dam is about 8900 cfs  (10200 cfs at Heise,  3340 cfs at Lorenzo)  and looks to be at that level for a while. Palisades Reservoir is about 65% full. Compared to the fishing pressure currently on the Henry’s Fork, there is very little here, and fishing is quite good up and down the river.    Streamers work well when presented over drop-offs.  Rubber legs seem to bring the most action and do even better when trailed by a San Juan Worm or small bead head nymph.  No really good top water action yet, but a few riffles do have some BWO activity.

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Henry’s Fork 6-4-19

The big fly-fishing event in the area, as expected this time of year, is  giant and golden stone fly emergence. The big bugs should be flying & egg dropping as far upstream as Riverside by now.   With the predicted good weather  for next few ays, they are likely to be soon doing the same in Box Canyon. Best dry fly strategy for finding where fish are taking them is to walk or boat down to where they are rising.   Some big stonefly activity is also ongoing in the lower river, but early and late day caddis activity seems to be just as interesting to resident trout.

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Henry’s Fork 5-25-19

From just above Chester backwaters to Bear Gulch in lower Cardiac Canyon stonefly nymphs are moving big time, and some are on the shoreline just waiting for enough sunshine to molt into adults, make whoopee, and go back to the water to lay eggs.  If you have any connections with ” Ma Nature” try to convince her to produce enough sunshine to warm us up so all these big bugs get going!  Trout and fly-fishers are waiting!

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Still Waters 5-25-19

Chesterfield is coming around in offering good fishing.   Chironomids are providing some action. So are small leech patterns fished deep.  Water temps are in the hi 40’s in Degrees Fahrenheit, so it will take a stretch of good weather to bring on better fishing. No word yet on fishing at 24-Mile Reservoir, but Hawkins is good ( Leeches & Midge life cycle patterns), but gets crowded  during this long weekend.

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Yellowstone Park 5-25-19

Fishing season opens today.  The Firehole will provide the best fishing with BWOs making resident fish active. Use life cycle patterns beginning with nymphs early (unless there are a good amount of rise forms) and changing over to emerger and dun patterns as the day advances. Although the Madison is running a bit high, BWOs are doing the same in the river along the West Entrance Road, so use same strategy as on the Firehole.  Also for both rivers be sure to have a few streamer patterns in that fly box.

Look for all other streams in the park to be running high for some time. This is because of  last winter’s copious snowfall beginning to run off.

Another thought: the park weather is likely cold and stormy, so bring appropriate gear.

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