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Out-of-the-Way Places

Jul 22, 2015

From time to time we’re asked about lesser known places to fish, where a guest can expect to see very few, if any, people in a full day’s fishing.  Fortunately, with the Henry’s Fork, South Fork and Madison being so famous, they overshadow many other fine waters not far from the Lodge.  Here are a few we know about: Cardiac Canyon on the Henry’s Fork This one the guides kn...

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Nelson's 10 Tips To Safe Wading

Jan 15, 2015

   Nelson's 10 Tips To Safe Wading Here in the midst of winter, its often we find ourselves day dreaming about the long fishing days ahead.  Soon enough we'll find ourselves in waist deep water negotiating across the river bottom in hopes to get to that perfect pocket and that more perfect fish!   Here are 10 easy tips for safer wading: 1. &...

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Fiberglass Rods??

Oct 12, 2014

Fiberglass is making a quiet comeback. Fiberglass dominated fly rods until the advent of graphite in the early 1970s. Graphite is lighter, stronger and just as easy to make, so it took over the fly rod scene as manufacturers and anglers all quickly converted to it. But now, slowly and quietly, glass is making a modest return. Why? Several reasons that may make you want to give it a try. ...

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Try Losing the Indicator

May 21, 2014

Indicator and beadhead nymph rigs have revolutionized fly fishing in recent years. Now beginners can readily catch fish and have fun on their first day on the water – fantastic!! Guides can put anglers of any skill level in position to have a banner day on our big western rivers. As you might suspect, I see a flip side to that picture. Success with the bobber & beadhead has sometimes m...

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Beadheads

Apr 23, 2014

Beadheaded nymphs are everywhere and some anglers have nothing else in their boxes but beadheads. Shortly after the gold-beaded flies were introduced to the U.S. from Europe, they quickly developed into a fly shop phenomenon.  Every nymph now had to come in a version with a gold bead, and Orvis even went so far as to register tradenames like Bead Head Pheasant Tail to try to muscle others out...

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Salmonfly Time!

May 25, 2013

Salmonflies!!   That’s been the buzz around the Henry’s Fork on the eve of Opening Day (May 25). Lodge assistant manager, Ryan Anstine went down to Vernon Bridge last night to see for himself.  Sure enough, salmon flies in the bushes, along the banks and in the air.  He shot these photos and had time enough to hook some nice fish as well. The hatch will move up the river past ...

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Nelson's Five Easy-To-Do Tips

May 23, 2013

1. Wet your knots  - After you’ve loosely formed your knot and before you tighten, lick or dip your knot to wet it.  Lubed knots hold better! 2. Tie knots in your shadow.  When you have trouble threading your tippet through the eye of your fly, a dark background will help.  The easiest way, especially when you’re on the water, is to turn and face your shadow.  Makes s...

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Sneak Attack! The Wisdom Behind Fishing Upstream

Apr 25, 2012

Fishing upstream means casting to fish that are upstream of your position and is often the most effective way to present a fly.  On the Henry’s Fork and other spring creeks, the common wisdom is that the fly should be presented downstream to the trout so that it sees the fly before it sees any part of your leader.  Not necessarily so.When you approach from upstream of the fish, you are...

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Latest, Greatest Fly Rods

Dec 12, 2011

I’m frequently asked about rods.  As a casting aficionado and tackle junkie I try to keep up with what’s new and what’s best.  Unfortunately that’s becoming more difficult because rod manufacturers have adopted the marketing styles of ski makers, tennis racket companies and dress designers.  Everything is the latest, best, paradigm-shifting and just can’t be done without!&...

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The Henry’s Fork in August & September: Fly Fishing Prospects Look Excellent

Jul 29, 2010

August and the first part of September still qualify as summer in our part of Idaho and Montana. Much of the Henry’s Fork fishing slows down, but the patient dry fly angler can stalk the Harriman State Park water or fish near the Lodge – and still find fish rising to good hatches virtually every day.Of special note are the cinnamon ant flights of July and August.When the cinnamon ants fly (in ...

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