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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PMDs and Caddis – Henrys Fork Fishing Report
August 23, 2019
Henrys Fork Fishing Report – (8.23.19)
Ora Bridge Construction Update from Henry’s Fork Foundation:
“Cascade Bridge is installing the temporary bridge to construct the piers for the new bridge. This work will occur along the west bank and across the river. Access is restricted within 50 feet of the temporary bridge when work is occurring. Expect minor traffic delays on Ora Road near the Fremont County Recreational Parking Area as construction trucks deliver project material.”
Lower River: The lower Henry’s Fork is still offering some great dry fly fishing opportunities. Be ready with hoppers, the occasional leftover Golden Stone PMDs and Caddis. Pairing the bugs listed with a dropper is providing plenty of action. With water temps warming look for the morning and late evening sessions to be best. Please try to land your fish as quickly as possible. Early dawn patrol missions are a great way to fish the lower Henry’s this time of year.
Upper river: Flows are 760 cfs. Dry Dropper fishing will continue to be productive with Golden stones and hopper imitations. Nymphing remains good with Rubberlegs, zebra midges and other small tactical sparse mayfly nymphs. The Ranch has been a solid PMD festival. Be ready with captive duns, last chance cripples and no hackles.
Henry’s Fork Fishing Resources:
Henry’s Fork Shuttles – Idaho Irresistibles – (208)-652-3669