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Henry's Fork Anglers

Henry's Fork Anglers

Henry's Fork Anglers, located in Last Chance, Idaho, can provide you with some of the best dry fly fishing in the country. Offering guests superior outfitting and guide services, their guides are skilled in challenging the most experienced angler or patiently introducing first timers to the sport of fly fishing. And over the years, Mike Lawson - the legend and the man - has become synonymous with fishing on the world renowned Henry’s Fork of the Snake River.

In 1973 Mike Lawson started guiding out of West Yellowstone where he guided on the Madison River in Montana, the waters of Yellowstone Park and the Henry’s Fork. Henry’s Fork Anglers was officially incorporated in the autumn of 1976 and the doors opened for business the following spring.

Now there are three generations of the Lawson family working at Henry’s Fork Anglers. Shortly after getting married, Mike told his new bride that his dream was to make a living in the fly fishing business on the river that he loves. Today he continues to live his dream.

The guides here at Henry's Fork Anglers have been recognized as some of the most knowledgeable, patient, and enthusiastic in the business for the past several decades. All of the guides are accomplished fly fishermen, instructors, and boatmen.

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Seasons & Species

Late May through Early June
Generally, the Salmonfly hatch on the Henry's Fork starts during the last week in May. The hatch moves up river and is usually over by the end of the first week in June. You will also find Pale Morning Duns and caddis on the slow sections of the Henry's Fork. PMD's, Blue Winged Olives and caddis will be prevalent on the Firehole River. The Golden Stoneflies begin to emerge shortly after the Salmonfly hatch, and usually provide several weeks of good fishing opportunity in the Box Canyon and other fast water Henry's Fork sections at this time.

Mid June through Early July
Harriman State Park opens June 15th. In late June, Pale Morning Duns, Green Drakes, Brown Drakes, Flavs and caddis can all be found on the water in Harriman Park. The same insects can be found on the slow water sections of the Henry's Fork near Ashton, along with Gray Drakes. In the Box Canyon, Golden Stoneflies and caddis are on the water. Down on the Fall River, the Salmonfly hatch occurs and there are regular evening caddis hatches. On Henry's Lake, the Damsel fly hatch is in full swing. The South Fork Salmonfly hatch also typically begins in late June. And over on the Madison below Quake Lake, Salmonflies, Golden Stones and caddis all provide good fishing.

July is one of the best months for variety in this region. On the Henry's Fork, Pale Morning Duns, Flavs, and caddis can all be found on the water in Harriman State Park. Golden Stones continue to hatch in Box Canyon. On the Madison, PMD's, Flavs, and caddis are on the water. In Yellowstone National Park, the Yellowstone River opens and Golden Stones, PMD's and caddis are the main hatches there. The Lamar River and Slough Creek are other good bets in the Park. On the Gallatin, the Salmonfly hatch occurs and so do daily caddis hatches. Island Park Reservoir, Henry's Lake, Cliff Lake, Hidden Lake and other stillwater locations are very good. Over on Hebgen Lake the gulpers start feeding the surface, providing excellent top water action with Callibaetis, Tricos, midges, and ant imitations for big Brown and Rainbow Trout.

Hopper and terrestrial action picks up on the Henry's Fork, the Madison and other rivers in the area. Also on the Henry's Fork, Tricos, Callibaetis, and PMD's and slow water caddis hatches occur on the water in Harriman Park. Dry fly fishing peaks on Hebgen Lake. Island Park Reservoir typically fishes very well on small leeches. Small streams like Warm River & Robinson Creek are very productive.

Pressure really drops off after Labor Day and hatches intensify later in the month. Good Blue Winged Olive and Mahogany Dun hatches can be found in Harriman Park and around the Ashton area. The Firehole River picks up after the weather cools the water. The lake fishing continues to be very good. Browns start their spawning run. Hebgen Lake continues to fish well throughout the month. Overall, September is one of the best dry fly fishing periods and the best hatches occur at the end of the month.

This is the best month for big trout. Browns are aggressive prior to spawning. Blue Winged Olive and Mahogany dun hatches intensify. During this month you’ll also find some of the best dry fly fishing of the year in Harriman Park and the on Henry's Fork below Ashton. Best period for trophy trout on Island Park Reservoir and Henry's Lake. Water levels drop making wade fishing easy in the Box Canyon. Guides continue to work through the end of the month.

Traditionally, winter time hasn't seen a lot of anglers in this area. But local anglers know better. The months of November through April provide varying degrees of fishing opportunities. Overall though, the fishing can be quite good. The entire length of the South Fork of the Snake is a year-round fishery. The majority of the water on the Henry's Fork is now open for year-round fishing as well.

Other Activities

Area Golf Courses
Golfers from around the world agree that the natural and scenic beauty of a course adds to the enjoyment of playing. If scenic beauty were the only standard applied, the courses of the Teton Valley and the surrounding region would rank at the top of the list.

Area Hot Springs
Since 1898 Heise Hot Springs has operated as a family-oriented resort overlooking the Snake River near Idaho Falls. Highlights include swimming pools and a 350-foot water slide. Green Canyon Hot Springs has been family owned since 1953, however was actually started in 1903. Visitors to the hot springs can choose from both a hot and cold swimming pools.

Hiking and Biking
Island Park and surrounding area offers a vast array of trails to accommodate all levels of hiking and riding experience.

Horseback Riding
There is nothing like riding the remote trails of the Teton National Forest and Yellowstone region. An afternoon on horseback is sure to give you the feeling of what mountain men and pioneers felt when they first discovered and settled the region. The slow, gentle rhythm of a horse's gait feels as natural as the surroundings themselves. Horseback riding offers spectacular mountainous backcountry views with beautiful panoramas, endless vistas, mountain lakes, and streams, plus incredible wildflowers and a variety of wildlife viewing.


2012 Trip Rates

Full Day Float or Wade Trips

$450 November 1st through May 14th
$510 May 15th through June 14th
$525 June 15th through July 31st
$510 August 1st through October 31st

Rates are based on one or two anglers. An additional third angler can be added for an added rate of $200 (wade trips only).

Rates include expert instruction, lunch, drift boats and other guide-related equipment. Lodging, liquor, fishing tackle, flies, fishing licenses, gratuities and other items of a personal nature are not included. No sales tax is charged on guide rates.

Fishing & Lodge Packages

Henry’s Fork Lodge offers the finest accommodations in the entire Yellowstone region! The Henry’s Fork Lodge is located just six miles south of the Henry’s Fork Anglers fly shop. Henry’s Fork Lodge provides all meals. Upon your return from a day of fishing or outdoor activity, you will find a selection of tasty hors d’oeuvres along with a superb array of fine wine and cold beer set out on the bar of the River Room. Meal times are also adjusted to “match the hatch,” so you never have to choose between dinner and the evening rise.

4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $2,565
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $3,655

Elk Creek Ranch is situated on 500 acres, features a sparkling, private, trout stocked lake just 30 minutes from Yellowstone National Park. Quiet and secluded. Guests of Elk Creek Ranch enjoy three meals a day. Elk Creek Ranch is the perfect spot for a large group of anglers or an angler with a non-fishing family.

4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $1,165
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $1,875

Other options are also available. Please call.

All rates are per person and based on double occupancy with two anglers per guide during fishing. We will be happy to quote prices if there are odd numbers in the group.

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