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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-19-2018, 06:29 AM Thread Starter
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Henrys Fork spey fishing

Gasp! Anyone spey fished Henry's Fork during summer?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-19-2018, 10:48 AM
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Anyone who’s tried has been quickly arrested and would still be serving their life sentence, so you’ll likely get no responses.
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Not the henry’s fork, but next worst, Missouri River near Craig, in early July, in the middle of lung-choking trico and caddis hatches. I guess I did pay my dues with 4 straight days of dry flies, but then I was feeling contrary and dug out the trusty 13’ Meiser trout spey. Still, I swung up the biggest rainbow of the whole trip, and several other nice fish, on a small fry pattern and a 3ips tip. I guess there is poetic justice there - a contrarian fisherman catching contrarian fish.

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Dry flies are fun, but the majority of a fish's diet still comes subsurface and as it is said, "All is fair in love and swinging for trout."

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Not the henry’s fork, but next worst, Missouri River near Craig, in early July, in the middle of lung-choking trico and caddis hatches. I guess I did pay my dues with 4 straight days of dry flies, but then I was feeling contrary and dug out the trusty 13’ Meiser trout spey. Still, I swung up the biggest rainbow of the whole trip, and several other nice fish, on a small fry pattern and a 3ips tip. I guess there is poetic justice there - a contrarian fisherman catching contrarian fish.

Fly your freak flag high, I say! When you are arrested we will launch a “Free Big Sky Dave” campaign.
I swing the Mo until weeds in the drift make it impossible, usually late July through September. Even then there can be spots that fish all year, depending on the current.
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Not on the 'Ranch' water but otherwise I can certainly see it working.
At the 'Ranch' I'm sure they'd steal for PB&J and deflate your tires!!

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Sure have. I only swing streamers or soft hackles with my TFO 5 wt switch, which is my preferred way to fish these days. When I walk in to a spot, I usually bring that rod and a single hander in case dries show up on the menu.

Never done it on the Ranch section, only from Warm River to Ashton and also below Ashton dam. There's some pretty good swinging water in those sections. Have to get out of the boat, though. Stripping streamers from the boat takes a single-hander.
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Sure have. I only swing streamers or soft hackles with my TFO 5 wt switch, which is my preferred way to fish these days. When I walk in to a spot, I usually bring that rod and a single hander in case dries show up on the menu.

Never done it on the Ranch section, only from Warm River to Ashton and also below Ashton dam. There's some pretty good swinging water in those sections. Have to get out of the boat, though. Stripping streamers from the boat takes a single-hander.
I was in Ora to Chester last week and swung up a few.

There's a lot of good water to mess around in on the Henry's Fork. I've used the spey rod in the box, Warm river to Ashton, below Ashton and the stretch below lower Mesa Falls.

I've been tempted to take it into the ranch mid-day when no one is on the water but haven't done it yet. I think it would ruffle some feathers but I also think using a floating line out there before the weeds get thick could be awesome.
It would probably not be an overall good thing though if people started swinging the ranch on a regular basis. When it's busy you'd just be an annoyance to everyone stalking risers if you were out there swinging.
I've also been tempted to run a tip through the fast water below the stock bridge..

The ranch is sort of sacred dry fly water to a lot of people, I guess that applies to me as well, swinging probably isn't appropriate if we are going to be respectful of that but it sure is tempting.
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I have certainly swung soft hackles on the ranch as well as on Silver Creek on my single hander doing spey casts as well as overhead casts. I have the AR 11' 2/3 that I am currently swinging on the MO

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Not the henry’s fork, but next worst, Missouri River near Craig, in early July, in the middle of lung-choking trico and caddis hatches. I guess I did pay my dues with 4 straight days of dry flies, but then I was feeling contrary and dug out the trusty 13’ Meiser trout spey.
Sounds like HEAVEN.
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I was just in the area a few weeks ago and got a few days on the South Fork and one day on the HF below Ora. I was fishing with a World Cast guide that had never had a spey caster in the boat before, but he was game. Where the South Fork had endless good long runs and classic tailouts the HF was smaller water.

For the SF (at 10k CFS) I was swinging an intermediate skagit with T14. I didn't get numbers, but I did get some nice brown trout to come to an offering. Very basic stuff like leadeye buggers worked, but my best two fish both came on a Galloup TA leech in olive. I'm not sure what CFS the HF was when I fished it. The great fishing of the day was dry dropper with light hatch underway. But I did manage to swing up a few browns on soft hackles, in this case with OPST floater and T8. I arrived with winter still gripping the area, snow blowing and 20's, and so I had the rivers fairly well to myself. No stink eye. I'll be trying again in June, and we'll see.

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