The Salmon hatch is going strong now when the sun is out so use a size 4,6 foam body salmon and drop off either a stonefly nymph or some small beadheads from it. The water levels are staying about right upper and lower we are seeing some goldens also so it might pay to put on a golden stone as well and use a small beadhead as a dropper have fun fishing out there.
Our Henry's Fork fly fishing report offers advice on each river section from Box Canyon, the Ranch, Warm River, and Ora Bridge downstream.
The big salmon flies are all over the warm to ashton stretch now. Use a large size 2-4 foam body salmon fly as a indicator and drop off some small beadheads like a pheasent tail with flash prince, hares ear, copper john, lightning bug or a caddis nymph in about a size 16.
Warm River to Ashton on Tuesday fished a bit slow, but fish are looking for big bugs on the surface. There were no sign of adult stones flying or nymphs crawling, despite word-of-mouth reports of said activities. We fished most of the day with a stone fly strike indicator with a small nymph trailing off about 2 and a half feet of 5X - both were successful. Fish were also caught on a black streamer, but the strikes on the surface kept us returning to the Stone Fly / dropper rig.
Our runoff this year has been gradule so far- that is great for fishing!
The only section that is blown out now is the Chester to Fun Farm section, I would not fish it now.
Below the dam, Vernon to Chester is fishing great right now with salmon flies in the air now. You want to use a big size 2-4 as an indicator and drop off a small beadhead of some sort. Also, streamers in brown, black, and olive are catching fish.
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Water is great the salmon flies are in the air now! way early use a foam body salmon fly for a indicator and drop off a small beahead like a prince in about a size 16 or pheasent tail with some flash on it or a hares ear or a zebra black or red. Water levels are staying great for fishing the temp has been awesome 65-70 also streamers are working well like a black or olive skulpin or other wooley buggers in black brown and olive those have also been catching fish lately. Have fun fishing out there.
It's a good time to fish the Henry's Fork!
Water is a little high causing a majority of the fish to group towards the bank, with a few feeding in the middle. Dry flies are catching fish! Throw a size 12 or 14 elk hair caddis at the bank. Also try a rusty spinner later in the evening.
Flows out of the Island Park dam are currently 537cfs, with a big jump on April 24th. Below Ashton flows are steady at 1460cfs. With a few days between any major changes - fishing should be great!
After a wet and snowy weekend, weather has shaped up with high 60's to mid 70's in the forcast.
Spring runoff is underway with flows around 1,300 cfs near Ora. According to Dr. Rob Van Kirk or the Henry's Fork Foundation, spring runoff will likely be lowest in at least 35 years. Read Dr. Van Kirk's analysis regarding the recent storms in the area on the Henry's Fork Foundation blog. http://henrysfork.org/have-recent-storms-helped-water-supply
The water temp is like 70 degrees now and the fish are down deep so the only thing working now is throwing streamers on the banks and nymphing most of the time use a rubber legs stonefly and drop of some sort of a beaded nymph like a prince in about a size 12 or 14 that should work well.
It seems the really hot fishing below the Ashton dam is off a week or two. I fished using a caddis and had a couple fish strike and landed a small brown, but my hope was getting into consistent rising, which was not happening. Looking forward to the big mayfly hatches that usually start up in mid June. Even if the fishing is slow there is nothing better than being on the river. Good luck!
The salmon flies are just finishing up in the box so use a salmon fly as an indicator and drop off either a stonefly nymph or a small copper john or other small bead head.