Known as the “Graduate School of Fly-Fishing for PH.D. Trout”, the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River is a true gem of western United States fly-fishing. Attempting to catch one of the Railroad Ranch’s well-educated trout can be one of the most satisfying feats in an anglers life. However, there are more facets to the Henry’s Fork than the famous “Railroad Ranch”. In fact, the Henry’s Fork can present any type of water to any anglers. The river below Island Park Reservoir, know as the Box Canyon, provides non-stop tailwater fishing to jumbo rainbows in fast, boulder-churned pocket water. Last Chance and Railroad Ranch areas offers some of the best sight casting to trout in the world. Below Lower Mesa Falls, brown trout join the rainbow trout populations and add to the excitement of the riffles, rapids and pools from the Warm River confluence to Ashton as well as the tailwater sections from Vernon downstream to St. Anthony.
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First of Fall – Henrys Fork Fishing Report
October 5, 2020
Henrys Fork Fishing Report – (10.5.20)
Lower River: After a hot summer and dry summer, the recent cooler weather has really helped the lower Henry’s Fork. Water temps are still warm and weed growth is still high. However, that will change as fall takes a more firm grasp on the area. Terrestrials, most notably Hoppers, are going to be your main bugs when it is sunny and warm. Look for dry fly fishing to be best during early morning periods when water temps are at their coolest. BWOs and Mahoganies are out on cool/cloudy days. Nymphing can always be productive but please land fish as quick as possible.
Upper river: Flows are now around 200 cfs. Nymphing can always get ’em in the Box this time of year and streamers are rounding out a close second. The Ranch is offering good technical dry fly fishing with Mahoganies and Baetis on cool overcast days. Terrestrials can still make a play when it is sunny and warm. Be ready for the most rewarding or frustrating day of your life when you step foot on the Ranch!
Henry’s Fork Fishing Resources:
Henry’s Fork Shuttles – Yellow Sally Shuttles – (208)-821-0906