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Fly Fishing Henry's Fork of the Snake
The Henry's Fork of the Snake River in Idaho is the most
difficult trout stream in the nation to describe. We could
say that a few years ago it was voted by TU members as
the number one trout stream in the nation. We could call
it a spring creek. We could say it is part freestone
stream. We could say it is a tailwater. We could say it is
a combined freestone stream, tailwater and spring
creek. It is probably best described as a large spring
creek with huge rainbow trout. Well, at least until you get
to the box canyon. You may think you are in high class
It may best be described by this short story: A few years
ago I meet two guys who had left the Madison River to
fish the Henry's Fork. They said I should go to the
Madison. Salmonflies were laying eggs and the rainbow
trout were going crazy. They said they had caught
around twenty each that morning. I ask why they left.
They answered by saying that they had rather catch one
rainbow on the Henry's Fork than twenty on the Madison
River. Now I am not sure that everyone would agree with
them, but that is how many anglers feel about the HF.
When you catch a large rainbow from the Henry's Fork,
you have done something.
Below the Vernon Bridge you can fish year-round. The
season above the bridge last from near the end of May
Trout can be taken during the cold Idaho winter where it
is legal to fish. Midge fishing is standard procedure for
Spring brings on the big hatches of Salmonflies and the
famed Green Drake mayflies.
The fishing can be good early and late in the day during
the summertime. Flavs hatch and caddisflies are
abundant. Terrestrial fishing is also popular.
Fall can be good on the Henry's Fork depending on
where you are fishing.
Fly Fishing Guide to the Henrys Fork of the Snake
Fly fishing Henry's Fork of the Snake River ranges from
fishing smooth, clear flowing spring creek like water to
the fast pocket water of the canyon sections. The
various locations and hatches require completely
different methods and techniques.
Most of the time you would be stalking and fishing to one
trout. This requires every skill you can master. You need
a PhD in fly fishing to catch trout in the Harriman State
Park section of the Henrys Fork.
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