Henry’s Fork Lodge is located in the center of the most diverse choice of outstanding fly fishing waters in the U.S. Our area has great fishing for beginners to experts in an amazing variety of spectacular natural settings.
The Henry’s Fork
The Henry’s Fork has rightly been called the greatest dry fly stream in the world for its big wild rainbows, tremendous insect hatches and spectacular alpine setting. It is also a great beginners’ river with miles of user-friendly water that have provided hundreds of our guests their first fish and triggered a lifelong love of fly fishing. Whether you are a veteran angler or a complete beginner, you will catch fish and cherish the experience that is the Henry’s Fork.
The Madison originates in Yellowstone from the confluence of the Gibbon and Firehole Rivers. In the Park, it has the quiet character of a spring creek, and you may be accompanied by bison, elk or swans as you wade for browns and rainbows. Outside the Park, the river flows for more than 40 miles of boisterous nonstop riffles and runs offering great dry fly and nymph fishing, either from a boat or by wading. The Madison fishes best in the heart of summer, when prolific caddis hatches and an abundance of terrestrials like hoppers and ants draw the fish to the surface and to dry flies. It’s a big river in big, magnificent countryside—the epitome of Big Sky country.
One of the last great strongholds of the Yellowstone cutthroat, the native fish of the Rockies, the Yellowstone’s fish, wildlife and scenery are a grand spectacle. All the fish are 16-20" and can often be seen by the dozens in the water around you. They are naive in early season, but wise up as the season goes on. They are eager risers, so a hatch will almost always bring them up in the flat water of the fishable areas of the river. It’s definitely worth a trip through the Park whether or not you are fishing.
The Firehole and Gibbon
These two small to medium-sized rivers in Yellowstone Park are largely spring fed and flow together to form the Madison. Influenced by geysers and hot springs, they fish well with dry flies early and late in the season. You will fish near bison and elk, steam vents and geysers. Wading is easy and short casts are all you need.
This midsized river flows along the road to Bozeman and offers cutthroat in its upper section in Yellowstone Park, rainbows in the middle canyon section and browns in the lower valley section. The Gallatin offers good nontechnical fishing so it’s a great place to wade in and learn.
Slough Creek and the Lamar River
Two cutthroat streams—Slough Creek and the Lamar River—are located in the beautiful north country of the Park, and also offer excellent fishing for rainbows near their confluence. For those who like to walk to better fishing, Slough’s upper meadows and the Lamar’s tributaries offer a great combination of hiking and fishing. There’s lots of wildlife, too, and many people have reported seeing wolves here.
The South Fork of the Snake
The South Fork of the Snake, a huge river south of the Lodge, is Idaho’s most prolific trout stream and offers hordes of eager cutthroats along with some large browns. July, August, September and October are the most dependable months. Boats are essential, though much fishing can be done by wading the midriver riffles, islands, gravel bars and myriad side channels.
Hebgen Lake is home of the “gulpers,” rainbows and browns that cruise the surface gobbling mayflies on summer mornings and offers extremely exciting dry fly fishing to large browns and rainbows. You can use float tubes and canoes here for a stealthy approach. We like to fish Hebgen with dries until midday, then go to a river for a different experience in the afternoon.
Henry’s Lake is the best and most famous fly fishing lake in Idaho and home to the state record brookie. You can fish for big brookies in the fall and rainbow-cutthroat hybrids up to 6-7 lbs. on sinking lines.
The Secret Spot
Every guide has his secret spots and lesser-known places. You will also find a multitude of wonderful fishing places that are just overshadowed by the more famous and popular rivers and lakes.
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