As we hit mid-August on the Henry’s Fork, things are beginning to look up. It’s like we’ve turned the corner and are finally emerging from the summer doldrums. The Warm River to Ashton stretch has been fishing extremely well with a hopper dropper fished tight to the bank. Your hopper should be on the smaller side (think size 12), and your dropper should too (size 14-16 is about perfect). Good hopper patterns are peach Chubby Chernobyls or a pink More or Less Hopper. The theory here is to have a fuzzy one, and a more low profile one. The nymphs don’t need to be overly complicated. A size 14 zebra midge or heavy WD-40 is just fine. Streamers shouldn’t be discounted either. Thinking outside the box can lead to success. Try throwing your streamers around rocks in the middle current.
Below Ashton Dam the fishing has been slow. Until it really starts to cool down, we’ll still have pretty significant grass mats to deal with. Fish can certainly still be had, and the hopper fishing down there can actually be pretty good, but you’ll have to work them.
by Daniel Lane from our Ashton Fly Shop