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Epic Spring Fishing on the Henrys Fork

Mar 22, 2013 | Mike Lawson

Epic Spring Fishing on the Henrys Fork


Down & Dirty Streamer Fishing

Down & Dirty Streamer Fishing from Henrys Fork Anglers on Vimeo.


One good thing about cold weather, is you can always add layers to stay warm. When fishing in the Winter and early Spring, adding layers of clothing for wamth is very common. For the extreme angler fishing Winter and early Spring is a must. Without question, the Fall and Early Spring are my absolute favorite times to fish the Henry's Fork. In most cases, you will be the only angler on the water, and the fish are not pressured and will readily eat a well presented fly. This video shows how fantastic the fishing can be. During the Winter months, the Henry's Fork is full of small black leeches. When the water begins to warm in March, the fish gorge on these leeches. One of them most effective ways to fish the early Spring is to dead drift a small black leech or bugger and trail a small red or olive zebra midge. In late March the dry fly fishing really picks up. You will begin to see good Midge and Baetis hatches in mid March,  the Baetis are followed by March Browns in early April, and the March Browns are followed by the infamous Mothers Day Caddis in late April and early May.  As this video depicts, streamer fishing can be absolutely amazing as well! We offer a discount rate for guide trips from November 1st to May 15th. If you can stomach some colder tempertures fishing the Winter and early Spring is well worth it!



Henrys Fork Foam Golden Stone

Henrys Fork Foam Golden Stone from Henrys Fork Anglers on Vimeo.


As dipicted in his new book, "Fly Fishing Guide to the Henry's Fork," Mike Lawson gives away some of his most saught after secrets! He explains his  "deadly dozen" most effective patterns for fishing the Henry's Fork. Most of these patterns work in most any trout stream. In this video, Mike explains the history and demestrates step by step how to tie the "Henry's Fork Foam Stone". This pattern is one of the most effective stonefly patterns that we have ever seen. This fly sits very low in the water as to look very nateral to the fish, but has a nice synthetic wing, as to make it easy for the angler to see.  We offer a fly tying pattern kit on our wesite, that will give you enough material to tie one dozen of this amazing fly.


Spring Trip in the Box

Spring Trip in the Box Canyon from Henrys Fork Anglers on Vimeo.


In 2011 the Idaho Fishing regulations were revised to allow year round fishing on the upper Henry's Fork. With this change in effect, the entire Henry's Fork is open to year round fishing with the exception of the following stretches of water: The Harriman State Park stretch downstream to the Riverside Campground and from the Ashton Dam downstream to the Vernon Bridge. With most of the rest of river open to year round fishing, there are many great options. This video shows a recent trip through the Box Canyon. As shown in the video, the Box Canyon is a great option for some fast action fishing. The Box Canyon holds the most trout per mile on the entire Henry's Fork. This three mile section contains on average 3,000 trout per mile. Unfortunately, the boat ramps are not plowed, so driving to the rivers edge is impossible. If you have some connections with a good snow mobile, you can slide your boat accoss the snow to the put in, and then drag it out at the take out with a snow mobile. If you don't have this option, we do rent snowshoes at our shop, and you can get to and from the river with ease! Most of the fishing in the Box Canyon is subsurface, and we like to use stonefly nymphs and zebra midges. There is some good dry fly fishing on midges and Beatis from the upper border of the Harriman Ranch upstream to the mouth of the Box Canyon. The Winter and early Spring fishing is something that needs to be put on your "must do" list.




Videos By: Deven Ence

Text By: Chris Lawson