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Fishing Report

Mar 22, 2017 | Todd Lanning Releasing_Cutthroat.jpg

Upper Henry's Fork

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The box is a great option for this weekend. Keep in mind that access is foot traffic or personal pontoon boats that you can drag down to the river. Snow shoes are a good idea. I would have the usual patterns with me. Zebra midges in #16 and #18 brown, red and green. If you’re floating in a pontoon boat the take out is also a bit of a challenge you will have to walk out to the road. The midge fishing on the bottom end of the box canyon has been very good. I would also have streamers. I really like sculpin patterns fished slow or on the swing in the box. Brown, green and tan are my color choices.

Lower Henry's Fork

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The lower river is starting to get a little color. From the Chester back water on down the Henrys Fork is big and off color. Keep a close eye on the Warm River to Ashton stretch as well. As of today this section has some color to it but I think it’s fishable and with colder temps in the near future the water will clear up. Ora down to Chester also has a little color but is fishing. Access will not be an issue for you on the lower end. As flies go I don’t have much new info to report. Rubber Legs in black or brown will work well. Have the zebra midges I mentioned above and I would also have some #16 Sawyers. Don’t forget Griffith gnats. #16 and #18.

Madison River

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The Madison remains a great option for early spring fishing. The water has come up a bit but fishing remains excellent. Most folks are fishing between the lakes with good success. A #8 black and tan rubber legs will work very well. I would also have the usual zebra midges with you. Also the tungsten soft spot jig in #16 and tungsten brown stone nymph #8 are my top picks for the Madison.

South Fork

I think the South Fork is going to be very unpredictable this spring. The flow from the Palisades Dam is up to 16,100 cfs and it will likely get higher. I have heard that by this weekend flows might hit 20,000 cfs.

Teton River

​Same story as the South Fork. While the Teton is a very small river, the current flow in the Teton Valley is about 3 times normal. However, if the weather cools down it could be fishable again before the real runoff starts later in April.