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Fishing Report

Nov 29, 2012 | Mike Lawson

Don't expect much to change over the next several months with regards to the fishing report. In fact, you really shouldn't call it a report at all due to the lack of anglers actually fishing and reporting this time of the year. But as I was once told, "It's better to make the reports, than read about the reports." So be my guest and hit the river, but please be careful and remember that it's always a good idea to have a fishing partner especially this time of the year.

As always, feel free to call the shop (208-558-7525) for the latest report, road conditions, anticipated area weather, or just to talk fishing. We're open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Upper Henry’s Fork – Box Canyon

This section is now open year-round.

Flows are back down to their historical winter levels and are currently around 140 CFS. This is completely opposite from last year when the reservoir was so full that they were able to keep flows well above normal. Obviously this will not be the case this winter with the previous low snowpack and dry summer we experienced

With that being said, floating in a hard-sided boat will not be an option for those who have access to a snowmobile and adventurous spirits. And there really is not enough snow on the ground to be needing snowshoes yet, but remember that we rent snowshoes for anyone looking for a little adventure. The Box Canyon is absolutely stunning during the winter and chances are that you’ll have complete solitude while on the river.

Flies to use in the Box Canyon will remain the same over the course of next several months including small tungsten beaded mayfly nymphs, zebra midges, small rubberlegs, and eggs.

Upper Henry’s Fork – Last Chance & Harriman Ranch to Riverside Campground

Harriman State Park will be closing to fishing at the end of the month.

Middle Henry’s Fork – Riverside Campground to the Ashton Dam

The section of river from Warm River to Ashton is open year-round and mostly accessible.

It looks like the boat ramps are still accessible, but that will soon change with the next storm that brings any significant snowfall. If wanting to float, give us a call first and we can check the ramps.

Once again, the flies to use will remain the same over the course of next several months including small tungsten beaded mayfly nymphs, zebra midges, small rubberlegs, and eggs.

Lower Henry’s Fork – Ashton Dam to St. Anthony

Remember that the river will be closed to fishing from the Ashton Dam down to the Vernon Bridge after the end of the month. This section will of course re-open to fishing on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

If air temperatures reach at least the upper 30's and low 40's then be prepared with midge dry fly patterns. But those days are going to be few are far between as winter is getting underway.

Flies to use include Baetis small tungsten beaded mayfly nymphs, zebra midges, small rubberlegs, and eggs.

Lower Henry’s Fork – St. Anthony to Confluence

Flies to use include Baetis small tungsten beaded mayfly nymphs, zebra midges, small rubberlegs, and eggs.

Henry’s Fork Tributaries

Warm River and Fall River and open year-round with catch and release policies will be in effect starting December 1st through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.

Madison River

Flies to use include small tungsten beaded mayfly nymphs, zebra midges, small rubberlegs, and eggs.

Area Lakes

All lakes are now icing over. The season on Henry’s Lake has been extended through January 1st. If ice fishing is what you’re into, then have fun and don’t fall through the ice.

South Fork of the Snake

Flows are around 900 CFS! Once again this is completely opposite from last year. This level is so low that floating is almost not an option as you would find yourself not fishing and mostly rowing (downriver) just to make it in time before the sun goes down. However, this does make the river extremely friendly for walk-and-wade access.

Flies to use include Baetis small tungsten beaded mayfly nymphs, zebra midges, small rubberlegs, and eggs.

Yellowstone National Park

Closed to fishing. Will open on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.