South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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Still Waters, April 10th, 2020

Daniels Reservoir currently offers good fly fishing (midge pupa at the taking depth, small leech and nymph patterns), however anglers coming from the north must access it from Malad City until the Dairy Creek Road opens. Consider that with the current suspension of non-resident fishing licenses in effect until further notice, “social distancing” will be easier to realize at Daniels.  Fewer out of state anglers also means easier parking and launching.  If traveling through Malad City is not practical for those coming from the north or east, Hawkins Reservoir a few miles west of the I-15 Virginia exit offers a good alternative using the same strategies as suggested above.

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Today at Jimmy’s April 10th, 2020

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has made a positive amendment to its April 4th, 2020 temporary suspension of non-resident fishing licenses, hunting tags and permits, etc.

If an arrangement for guiding services with a licensed outfitter has been made before this date but license for this arrangement, including fishing is yet to be purchased, such purchase will be allowed.  Proof of arrangement examples for taking to a license vendor include a service request letter signed by the client, outfitting service confirmation letter, a printed email exchange that arranges the outfitting service, or confirmation of service deposit payment, all made before April 4th, 2020.

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South Fork April 10th, 2020

 

Just above Heise Br. (640x480)

Flow out of Palisades Dam has been steady at around 10,000 cfs for several days. However flow out of the dam will be increased to 12,500 cfs later today. This action is making reservoir room (Palisades Reservoir is currently at 85% of capacity) for upcoming run-off and to meet downstream irrigation demands.  The increase will likely put a “temporary dent” in fishing success, so allow a couple of days for fish to adjust and a return being active.

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Today at Jimmy’s April 10th, 2020

So many of roads in our nearby National Forests lead to fishing locations that are superb “social distancing” candidates. Currently deep but diminishing snow remains on most.  It appears that many national forest roads, including such as the Bear and McCoy Creek roads, will not host opening operations until at least the middle of this month.  We will keep in touch with the nearby forest service offices to find when openings of such roads take place.  When openings are confirmed, we will place such information on this web site.

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Henry’s Fork, April 10th, 2020

A good bit of news for the Henry’s Fork  immediately below Island Park Dam is that flow out of the dam has remained above 500 cfs all winter. Annual average flow out of the dam through the winter has been just below 400 cfs.   The higher flow gives more natural bank cover for the youngest of trout to use for shelter thus helping their life expectancy.  They are the future, so the more of them, the better.

Chester Dam b4 redo (640x480)

On the lower river successful fishing is holding steady, so visits whether through boating or wading are on the increase making “social distancing”  more difficult to achieve. Nevertheless solitude can be found especially early and late in the day. Consider using the presentation strategies offered in our recent fishing reports for this part of the river.

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Today at Jimmy’s, April 7th, 2020

Because Idaho non-resident fishing licenses have ceased being issued until further notice, we have received some questions as to whether the same would happen with Montana non-resident fishing licenses. To date such has not happened, so Montana non-resident fishing licenses are still available at Jimmy’s.

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Yellowstone National Park, March 31st, 2020

Effective immediately, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are closed to all visitors until further notice.  State highways and/or roads that transcend park/state boundaries and facilities that support life safety and commerce will remain open. Both parks will cooperate on the implementation of the closures. The public will be notified when full operations will resume, and both parks will provide updates on respective websites and through social media channels.

View further details of this closure on the Yellowstone Park web site.  Hopefully this restriction will be lifted in time for the usual opening of Park general fishing season on Memorial Day Weekend.  We will keep watching the park web site for any such change, and if opening of fishing season is allowed, will post such on our web site.

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Henry’s Fork, April 7th, 2020

Fun Farm Bridge (1024x768)

Fun Farm Bridge at Twilight

Below Ashton Dam river flow has been near normal with minor variations not being enough to impact fishing success.  With near constant flow and increasing daylight BWO, midge and increasing March brown  and caddis activities are making presenting their life cycle patterns effective. Add to these streamer and large nymph presentations also being effective, and many fly-fishers are currently attracted to the river.   Thus compared to the South Fork, social distancing is a bit harder to realize, especially around boat launching locations.  Nevertheless, solitude can be realized but especially during early and late hours.  So consider these times for a visit.

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South Fork, April 7th, 2020

 

Above Menan (640x480)

What part of the river?

 

Since April 1st flow out of Palisades Dam has been raised from around 5000 cfs to a bit over 10000 cfs ( now 12500 cfs at Heise, 7900 cfs at Lorenzo).   Palisades Reservoir has dropped to about 85% of capacity and certainly will drop further meaning more flow in the river below.  Consider using the same fly selection strategy we have given in recent fishing reports, and even though we are open on the limited basis we will pass on conditions that impact fly fishing on the river.  With social distancing a best practice during the current crisis, the South Fork, with many walk-in locations, is a top candidate for enjoying fishing without a crowd.   Get in touch with us ( 208-524-7160); we can suggest an number of such locations.

 

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