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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Awesome Winter Opportunities – Henrys Fork Fishing Report
March 14, 2019
Henrys Fork Fishing Report – (3.14.19)
Ora Bridge Construction Update from Henry’s Fork Foundation:
Ora Bridge — Construction is scheduled to begin on Ora Bridge any day now (March 2019).
As you can imagine, progress will be weather dependent, but they are committed to protecting fishing access at all times during construction.
Fremont Co. has asked HFF to notify them if we see any issues. HFF will have staff and interns out in the field throughout the summer, but as you all are out there everyday, please let us or HFF know if you see anything of concern so we can get it addressed.
Current construction timeline is March 2019-October 2020. Goal is to have the pilings and a majority of the groundwork complete this year and to start placing girders next spring.
During May and June 2019, construction is scheduled to involve hauling in fill, building the wall on the East side near the parking lot, and some excavation work on the West side.
At times, construction could require that the roadway (existing bridge) be closed beyond the parking lot for a couple of weeks at a time. Vehicles may have to take a detour down to Vernon Bridge.
Lower River: With the arrival of spring, look for the lower Henry’s Fork to offer some of the great fly fishing opportunities around Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Teton Valley, Idaho. Anglers should look at Warm River, Jump Off Canyon, Ora, Vernon, Chester and Fun Farm to all offer access to the Henry’s Fork during the late winter and early spring months. Nymphing will be the most productive with small rubberlegs, zebra midges and other sparse mayfly or midge patterns. Don’t be surprised to see some fish eating midges on top during warm overcast days.
Upper river: The Box canyon via Island Park Dam is going to be your best option during late winter months. Nymphing will be king with small tungsten jigs, mayfly baetis imitations and zebra midges.
Henry’s Fork Fishing Resources:
Henry’s Fork Shuttles – Idaho Irresistibles – (208)-652-3669