Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Henry's Fork Challenge

I’ve set a borderline unfeasible challenge for myself this week of catching one big fish on the Last Chance section of the Henry’s Fork every day this week that I’m there.  That’s Tuesday through Saturday on one of the most exciting yet difficult dry fly fishing places on earth.  And all but one of these days will be far from full days of fishing.  With this in mind, my writing will be minimal because fishing for these brutes and getting ready to leave for Baja Sunday takes priority.

Let’s just say that Tuesday was one of the great days on the Last Chance section.  The weather was a heck of a lot better than last week.  I caught eight big rainbows ranging from 18” to 21”.  Just a couple fish 18” or better on this section is a good day.  The Pale Morning Dun hatch and the caddis hatch were unbelievable!

Today was the complete opposite.  Fish and hatches were far and few between.  The day was colder and windy and plenty more anglers have arrived for the famous opener of the Harriman Ranch on Friday.  This is the cool thing about fishing the Last Chance section of the Henry’s Fork – one day you think you have it dialed the next day you’re scratching your head.  This place definitely tests you.  Granny and I walked endlessly only to see about six big rainbows rising between 8 AM and 2 PM.  After the heartbreak of fighting and losing two hawgs only slightly more than a rod length away I landed a miracle 19 incher to keep the streak from being lost on only the second day.  We had to be home this afternoon so seriously, this fish was very very lucky!

I’m home now catching up on things and plan to return to the Fork tomorrow evening.  I’ll have about three hours to land the big fish of Thursday.  This short session won’t be easy to produce; however Friday’s fish could even be harder.  Friday morning comes after the Trout Hunter Ranch Opener Party.  Who knows how fast I’ll be moving.  Also, I’ll only have about three hours to fish on Friday morning before returning home again to work and pack.

Stay tuned. . . . . .


  1. Great fish Jeff. That first photo is awesome.

  2. We can thank my wife Granny for that first pic and the last for that matter. She thinks the weird angles and etc that I continuously request are stupid till she sees it on the computer screen. She's a lot better with the camera than she fesses up too!

  3. Hey,
    Leave some fish for the rest of us to attempt to catch!
    Your report is getting me more pumped up by the minute.
    Hopefully I will see you tomorrow.

  4. Heard you were on your way Pierre. Trey too maybe. We should have fun tonight (6/14)!