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The Henry’s Fork – Easy or Impossible?

Feb 25, 2010

The most common image of the Henry’s Fork is like that of the most attractive guy/girl in your school – absolutely gorgeous, but totally unapproachable. The reality is, at least in the case of the river, quite different. The Henry’s Fork is one of the most varied rivers you will ever fish and has waters ideal for the beginner as well as the most sophisticated fly fishing aficionado.For the b...

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The Secret to an Easy Cast

Dec 01, 2009

The Perfect Cast A good caster makes casting look so easy. This remarkable strobe photo captures the essentials of graceful, easy casting. Here’s what to notice: The rod tip and line travel in a perfect, flat horizontal path while the caster’s hand travels in a vertical path!!  Pulling the rod downward while the rod is still cocked back loads the strongest part of the rod, the butt, an...

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Time to Clean Your Lines

Dec 01, 2009

Your lines need cleaning, and now, between seasons, is the time to do it. Cleaning and dressing a line is easy, and you will be amazed at how much better your line will cast, shoot, float and mend after you’ve done it. You should consider doing it after every 3-5 days of fishing, about the length of your stay at the Lodge. Here’s how: Strip the length of line you use, say 50’, off the r...

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October Fishing Forecast: Too Many places, So Little Time

Oct 03, 2009

Fall is finally upon us, a bit later than usual. We had glorious warm weather with clear skies and bright sun all the way through the end of September, but had our first light snowfall on Wednesday, September 30. From an angler’s point of view, that’s just what we needed to bring on the fall hatches. With cool mornings and nights, it’s time to focus your fishing on the middle of the day ...

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Bamboo Fly Rods: Are They For You? (the surprise answer may be “yes”)

Aug 31, 2009

I should start with the admission that I have a pretty good collection of bamboo fly rods and fish them on the Henry’s Fork far more often than my latest-greatest-fastest graphite fly rods. Simply put, I love my bamboo fly rods. I have lots of bamboo fly rod friends too, and, in fact, about 50 of us, makers and users, had a Bamboo Rod Day sponsored by the Lodge a few weeks ago, where we got to...

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Fly Fishing in Fall: It’s Terrestrial Time at Henry’s Fork

Aug 28, 2009

Midsummer – July, August and early September in our area – is prime time to fly fish with terrestrials on The Henry’s Fork and surrounding waters.In fact, ants, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets and spruce moths add to a trout’s regular menu of mayflies, caddis and stoneflies, and can produce some of the best dry fly fishing of the season.AntsAnts of all sizes and various colors are the most...

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Fly Fishing Tips: For Better Fly Fishing, Use Visual Aids

Jul 31, 2009

No, this article isn’t about charts, graphs, or bifocals – it’s about ways to better see your fly, the rises and the fish.One very simple tip to remember for fishing the evening hatch: when the sun drops below the horizon, fish facing WEST.I have told this to countless friends on the Henry’s Fork, and very few of them had given this idea any thought. When the sun drops below the horizon, a...

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Fly Fishing Tips: Early Season Fly Fishing Offers Excellent Opportunities

Jun 10, 2009

Early season offers some great, and not very well known, fly fishing opportunities on the Henry’s Fork and other waters. In 2008 we had some of the best dry fly fishing of the year in late May and early June. Pale morning duns poured out in legions on cloudy days, bringing fat 16-20” fish to the surface. On several days I caught enough fish in a couple of hours to satiate my appetite for big ...

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Fly Fishing Tips: Catch More Trout With… Ants

May 28, 2009

Ants are a staple of a trout’s diet and should be a mainstay in your fly box. From spring creeks to tumbling freestoners, ants are effective pretty much everywhere – and they’re often underutilized by fly fishermen.Even the fussy Henry’s Fork trout sometimes abandon all caution to eat ants, which is as good a reason as any to carry a few. So why don’t more anglers fish them?Ants are terr...

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Fly Fishing Tips: You Must Carry Black Yarn

May 28, 2009

Earlier this summer I was fishing a shallow glassy flat for spooky browns. They were all around me, some no more than 15’ away, feeding intently with no bugs at all on the surface and ignoring my flies.I soon discovered they were eating tiny midge nymphs. With some #20 nymphs fished below a tiny tuft of black yarn, I turned a headache into a field day, taking one picky and paranoid fish after an...

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