Copyright 2015 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for the Henry's Fork of the
Snake River Idaho
The Henry's Fork River has some huge trout, both rainbows and brown trout. The ideal all
around fly line would probably be a 5 weight, floating fly line. I wouldn't want to use a 4
weight anywhere on the river, although you could do so. You could get by with just the 5
weight fly line if you had to. Most anglers want something heavier for large nymphs and
streamers. A 6 weight fly line would be better for the streamers and heavy nymphs like the
big Salmonfly nymphs.You may also want to use a sinking tip line for the streamers.
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the above line sizes. The five and six weight
rods would be ideal at a length of nine feet. We think a medium to medium fast action
would be best for both rods.
The reels for the 5 and 6 weight lines should both have good drags. The drags should be
smooth and adjust to fine increments. It often requires light tippets to fool some of these
trout and you don't want to use a reel with anything less than good drag.
You should probably be using a seven foot leader in the canyon sections of the river. A
nine foot length would probably be the best all around length. The only exception would be
when you are fishing streamers. You may want a short leader for them. There are plenty of
situations where you would want to use a 12 foot leader. You should have leaders ranging
6in sizes ranging from 1X for streamers, up to 6X for midges and other small flies.
You should also have plenty of extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.
Waders are necessary just about anywhere you fish the Henry's Fork River. We prefer the
breathable type but you may need neoprene waders if you are fishing during the winter.
Felt soles would be our choice. The new rubber soles may work well.
The use of a wading staff would be an optional accessory. The current can run strong at
times especially in the canyon sections of the river.
You probably shouldn't be fishing the Henry's Fork River without a landing net. I am guilty
of doing that often and there was one occasion I regretted doing so on the HF.
We always recommend our "Perfect Fly" trout flies. We have specific imitations of every
important insect that exist on the Henry's Fork of the Snake River. It's best to use the
hatch chart and select the flies to use for the period of time you will be fishing. We
certainly hope you will give our flies a try. They have proven over and over to work great
on this fine river.
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