Fishing is holding up very well for this time of year. Again, best locations are in front of Targhee, Duck and Howard creeks. Use intermediate or floating lines with mity mites, beadhead peacock leeches, peacock A. Hs., crystal leeches and your favorite damselfly nymph patterns. Expect crowds if you get into fish.
Creek mouths remain the best locations for action. Targhee and duck creeks remain the best of these, but try in front of Howard Creek. These creeks bring not only food but cooler water having higher dissolved oxygen into the lake. Trout seek both of these, so almost any creek with significant flow has potential to be a place for action. If you are being successful in fishing, however, expect company arriving soon.
In front of Targhee and Duck creeks offers the best fishing right now. Get there early to “stake your claim”. When crowds come, and they likely will, try in front of such as Howard Creek. Mity mites, small California leeches, bead head peacock leeches, damselfly nymph patterns are among the best choices.
The fishing has been very good at Henry’s. Most fishermen are using Henry’s lake Renegades, mighty mouse, and damsel patterns. As usual some of the best fishing has been in the bays near the creek mouths. Henry’s is a water that is not easy to predict. The fisherman that know it seem to have the most consistent fishing and the rest of us suffer through the slow periods. When we get continuous good reports from Henry’s we know that the fishing is excellent.
Creek mouths are the best places to try now. Intermediate lines may be the best to use in these locations of shallow water. Olive Crystals, Peacock AH’s, Mity Mites, beadhead peacock leeches, and your favorite damselfly nymphs work well in these locations. If you are successful catching fish, expect to have company!
Best fishing appears to be in front of creek mouths. Targhee, Hope, and Duck creeks are among these, but get to them early to beat the crowds, and expect increasing company if you are catching fish consistently. Your favorite damselfly nymph pattern as well as mity mites and bead head peacock leeches will bring action. Many Henry’s Lake veterans will use binoculars to see who is catching fish and where, and if they see your rod is bent they head for your area.
We’ve past the peak of the gray drakes on the lower river, but they remain quite numerous. Some green drakes are present, and at nearly dark, brown drakes emerge. PMDs are everywhere, and so are evening caddis. A few golden stones also remain, and flavs are coming on. We cannot be specific about what will work at a given time, so taking life cycle patterns for all these insects (and then others like midges or BWOs) is the best strategy. So the fun of fishing now is finding what they are taking during your visit.
It’s the same deal on the upper river which is finally coming around to great fishing. As with the lower river, approach it with patterns for whatever could be emerging during your visit. Also be prepared for fish to switch interest from one insect to another.