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Henry's Fork Overview
The gorgeous Henry’s Fork Lodge is located downstream from the fabled Harriman’s Railroad Ranch water on the Henry’s Fork River. Henry’s Fork Lodge has provided dozens of Tailwaters clients with fabulous memories of phenomenal trout fishing and five star accommodations. The lodge is strategically situated within a short drive from Yellowstone National Park, two easily accessible airports, and a myriad of different fisheries to choose from.
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Polished Accommodations & the Famous Henry’s Fork…
Henry’s Fork has been written up in countless magazines and periodicals are the premier ‘rustic luxury’ operation in the U.S. Rockies. Henry’s Fork Lodge is located in one of the most picturesque regions of the Rockies, with large sweeping meadows and far off mountain views to set the stage of what many consider the greatest river in the West, the Henry’s Fork. Henry’s Fork Lodge has earned its reputation as one of the most luxurious fly-fishing lodges in the U.S., and is the ideal destination to consider for couples with the highest expectations in accommodations and service. The lodge offers opulent accommodations, fabulous service, gorgeous scenery, and easy access to perhaps the most storied trout stream in the world.
Diversity in Venue & the Best Guides in the West…
Guests at the lodge are guided by the local guide services, Henry’s Fork Anglers and Trouthunter, which has an honor roll staff of accommodating and instructive guides. In addition to the Henry’s Fork, the area offers other great fisheries nearby including the Madison, Gallatin, Yellowstone, Firehole, as well as the South Fork of the Snake among many others.
Henry's Fork Lodge Description
Found just downstream from the fabled Harriman’s Railroad Ranch water on the Henry’s Fork River, the Henry’s Fork Lodge has provided dozens of Tailwaters clients with fabulous memories of phenomenal trout fishing and five star accommodations. The lodge is strategically situated within a short drive from Yellowstone National Park, two easily accessible airports, and a myriad of different fisheries to choose from.
Henry’s Fork Lodge is located in one of the most picturesque regions of the Rockies, with large sweeping meadows and far off mountain views to set the stage of what many consider the greatest river in the West, the Henry’s Fork. The Henry’s Fork Lodge has earned its reputation as one of the most luxurious fly-fishing lodges in the U.S. with opulent accommodations, fabulous service, gorgeous scenery, and perhaps the most storied fishery in the world, it is hard to go wrong with a trip to the Henry’s Fork Lodge and northeast Idaho.
Henry's Fork Lodge was built at the heart of the country's finest fly-fishing because they are serious about fly-fishing. Anglers worldwide have called the Henry's Fork of the Snake River the finest dry fly stream in the world. In addition to the Henry's Fork, the area boasts an honor roll of great fisheries including the Madison, Gallatin, Yellowstone, Firehole, South Fork of the Snake and many others. This variety translates into fishing that will entertain and reward the brand new fly fisher as well as waters that will challenge the most sophisticated expert. Some of the streams will be at their best whenever you choose to come, and you can expect to experience good weather and water conditions from May to October.
Guests are assisted by some of the finest guides in the West. They know the fishing, and they take great pride and pleasure in teaching you the skills to master it. They will help you enjoy the fishing and appreciate the magnificent surroundings.
The guides we will book for our clients at Henry's Fork Lodge come from two outfitters and full service fly shops, both in found in the nearby town of Last Chance, Idaho. Henry's Fork Anglers, was founded by Mike Lawson and is now owned by Mark Rockefeller. With more than twenty years in the business, Henry's Fork Anglers has built a reputation as one of the finest outfitters in the West. Their outstanding staff of 15+ has guided in the area for many years and comes from a variety of interesting backgrounds. Also note that some of Henry's Fork Anglers' guides can also take lodge guests on the prolific South Fork of the Snake.
Trouthunter is the newer shop in town, but they have a number of guides who have spent years on the river, including some of the best in the business. They have recently added several experienced guides who come with outstanding reputations and high recommendations. The shop is also the major retail source for Harrop flies. Rene Harrop is both a principal in the store and does occasional guide trips for dedicated spring creek anglers.
The Henry's Fork
Named the favorite river in the U.S. by members of Trout Unlimited, the Henry Fork offers fifty miles of highly varied water. The spring creek sections of Harriman Park and the fast water of the Box Canyon are world famous, but guides can show you lesser-known downstream sections that will open your eyes. This river offers the ultimate challenge to sophisticated anglers and also is very productive for inexperienced fly fishers. It can be fished both by wading and floating in a drift boat. The Henry's Fork runs are spring fed and moderated by a reservoir, so they run clear throughout the season. You can see rising rainbows and walk down to fish them right behind the lodge.
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 anglers may be accompanied by bison, elk or swans as they wade for browns and rainbows. Outside the Park, the river flows for more than forty 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 scenery-the epitome of Big Sky country.
One of the last great strongholds of the Yellowstone cutthroat, the native fish of the U.S. 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. There's easy wading and it's great for short casts.
This midsize 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 non-technical fishing so it's a great place to wade in and learn.
Slough Creek and the Lamar River
Two cutthroat streams in the beautiful north country of the Park-Slough Creek and the Lamar River-have some nice 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
Some guides can take you on day trips to the South Fork, a huge river south of the lodge that offers prolific and eager cutthroats along with some large browns. August, September and October are the most dependable months. Boats are essential, though some fishing can be done by wading the midriver riffles and islands.
Hebgen Lake is home of the "gulpers," rainbows and browns that cruise the surface gobbling mayflies on summer mornings. Anglers can use float tubes and canoes here for a stealthy approach. Guides prefer to fish Hebgen with dries until midday, then go to a river for a different experience in the afternoon.
Henry's Lake is the most popular 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 lodge has been written up in countless magazines and periodicals are the premier 'rustic luxury' operation in the U.S. Rockies. The beautiful lodge sits immediately on the river, and it is hard to imagine a more idyllic setting. Accommodations are perfect, even for guests with the highest standards. Couples looking for a wilderness angling experience but don't want to feel like they are at a "hard-core" fishing lodge should consider Henry's Fork. The intimate atmosphere is perfect for corporate groups or a bunch of friends wanting to get away together. The food is fabulous and the staff is attentive to all needed creature comforts.
There are six units in the main lodge, including two deluxe suites with a separate bedroom and a living room with a fireplace. All units have private bedrooms and sitting rooms with fireplaces. The lodge's decor is highly distinctive featuring wood paneling, antique furniture and oriental carpets. Henry's Fork Lodge was nominated for national architecture awards for its distinctive combination of elegance and comfort.
The dining at Henry's Fork Lodge is exceptional and includes hearty breakfasts, picnic lunches, and elegant diners. The lodge's European trained chef creates meals that satisfy even the most discriminating tastes. Meals are timed to "match the hatch," ensuring that anglers never have to choose between meals and the evening hatch.
Guests fly into either Idaho Falls or West Yellowstone, which are serviced by various major carriers. A lodge representative will meet guests at either airport and transport them to the lodge.
Guests at Henry's Fork Lodge travel to Idaho Falls or West Yellowstone where a representative of the lodge will pick up your group and transport you by van or Suburban approximately one hour to the lodge. Guests arriving around mid-day usually stop for lunch in route to the lodge.
Every morning anglers arise around 7:00am for a made to order breakfast and organize lunch for the day. Following breakfast, guests meet their guide in the parking lot; make any needed purchases from the fly shop and head to the designated river for the day. Lunch is taken on the river, and anglers are usually returned to the lodge for a shower, cocktails, and dinner by 5:00PM
Following breakfast, and depending on what time your flight departs, guests are returned to the airport for commercial departure to home city.
When to Go
This is the question that we're asked most and it's not an easy one to answer because everyone has his or her own tastes in fishing, but here are a few suggestions…
The truth is that anytime you're able to get away from Memorial Day through October is a good time to come. You can be assured of dry fly fishing throughout the season. The Henry's Fork right behind the lodge runs clear all season and provides dry fly fishing for large fish every day. The Henry's Fork/Yellowstone area is unique in having such an abundance and variety of waters-large rivers or small creeks, spring-fed or freestone streams, lakes or ponds-concentrated within easy range that some waters will be fishing well regardless of the month you choose to come.
As a general guide to the season, Memorial Day through July 15 is prime time for the Henry's Fork, Firehole and Madison in the Park and is the season of the famous hatches-green drake, brown drake, gray drake and salmonfly-and the most anglers. July 15 to September 15 is prime time for the lower Madison, the Yellowstone, Lamar and Slough Creek in the Park and most of the lakes. September 15 to the end of October is the time all the waters become good, the crowds go home, the wildlife gathers, but the weather is cooler.
If you have a strong preference for a particular river or want to hit a specific hatch, then time of year is more important. The following is a month-by-month description of the fishing provided to us by the Henry's Fork Lodge.
Late May and early June is a sleeper. You will find the Henry's Fork already in its prime, but without many anglers. Due to its volcanic geology and spring sources, the Henry's Fork doesn't suffer the runoff and high, murky water of other rivers in the Rockies. The salmonfly hatch will progress up the river from Ashton toward the Box Canyon for several weeks, followed by the golden stones, providing a great opportunity for a really large fish on a dry fly. The Harriman Park section opens on June 15, but the rest of the river is open the entire month and the "undiscovered" lower river can provide outstanding dry fly fishing. Good caddis hatches will bring large fish to the surface throughout the month. Somewhere around the 20th of the month begins the famous green drake hatch on the Harriman Park waters, followed closely by the brown drakes. Early in the month the Madison may be affected by runoff but by the third week the salmonfly hatch begins its move up the river from Ennis to Quake Lake. The Firehole and Madison in Yellowstone Park are at their prime, with good hatches of pale morning duns. Most of the freestone streams will be affected by runoff during part of this month.
The green drake hatch will be winding down, but the brown drake hatch in the evening will continue to bring the big fish to the surface on the Henry's Fork. Smaller mayflies such as the pale morning dun and a smaller version of the green drake in the afternoons will also sustain excellent dry fly activity in the Harriman Park section for most of the month. The Box Canyon fishing, including dry fly fishing, remains good. The salmonfly hatch on the Madison will continue up the river during the early part of the month and fish will continue to take salmonfly imitations for a good week after the flies have stopped hatching. The caddis hatches will begin sustaining the fishing in the Madison for the rest of the summer. The Madison and Firehole in the Park will become too warm for good fishing after the first week in July, but the Yellowstone, which opens on the 15th, Slough Creek and the Lamar and are good for large native cutthroats. Henry's Lake will hit its peak during the damselfly hatch of early July and the famous gulper fishing on Hebgen Lake will begin near the end of the month.
This is ant, beetle and hopper time on the flatwater sections of the Henry's Fork and patient anglers will be rewarded with good numbers of rising fish and few other anglers. The Box Canyon remains good, primarily on nymphs. This is the prime time for the lower Madison (Quake Lake to Ennis), with a variety of caddis, grasshoppers and other terrestrials providing good dry fly fishing. The fishing on the Yellowstone, Lamar and Slough Creek in the Park is in its prime. Lake fishing, particularly for the "gulpers" of Hebgen Lake and on Island Park Reservoir also remains at a peak, with good hatches of stillwater mayflies.
The first part of the month is usually a continuation of the August conditions on all the waters. Sometime around mid-month, weather conditions turn to fall, with cooler daytime temperatures, nighttime freezes and less wind in the afternoons. The students are all back in school, the tourists have gone home, so this is the time for the serious angler and the lover of wildlife. The aspens will be turning to gold, the bull elk will be bugling and the waterfowl will be in full flight. What's more, the cooler weather signals renewed hatches and increased fish activity, so virtually all of the rivers become good during the fall. The Henry's Fork will have good dry fly activity to a variety of small mayflies on the Harriman Park section and the big fish in the Box Canyon will begin to become active too. The upper river above Island Park Reservoir will see runs of big rainbows. The lower river below Ashton will come alive with rising fish. Spawning runs of big fish out of Hebgen Lake make the Madison in the Park an excellent choice for streamer fishing. Fall mayfly activity and cooler water will also reactivate the dry fly fishing in the Madison and the Firehole in the park. Other Park streams will remain good. Snow flurries are always a possibility,but don't interfere with fishing for more than a day.
The weather grows steadily cooler and the chances of snow increase as the month passes, but October is still a prime month for the serious lover of the outdoors. The scenery and the wildlife are especially striking in the fall light. The excellent fall fishing conditions that began in mid-September will continue through October, but fewer anglers will be around to take advantage of them. Many local residents turn their attention to hunting, and the opportunity to fish in the morning and then hunt grouse, partridge, ducks or geese on the same day is making October a more popular time with visitors as well. This is one of the best times to use a streamer or big nymph to catch a trophy fish from one of the rivers or a really big brookie from Henry's Lake. Dry fly fishing continues to be good to hatches of small mayflies. Northeastern Idaho usually has a period of Indian summer with weather back in the 70's during the early part of the month, but by the end of the month the weather has usually turned cold.
$400 per person / per night (double occupancy) - 3 Night Minimum
$520 per person / per night (single occupancy) - 3 Night Minimum
Additional $30-$50 per night depending on room selected
Guided Fishing Rates:
$480 per day (based on one or two anglers)
Tailwaters books guides for our clients from Henry's Fork Anglers or Trouthunter Fly Shops. A packed lunch is included on fishing days.
Extended Stay Fishing Package Discount (based on shared room / guide):
6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing……………………………………………………….$3360
Accommodations at Henry's Fork Lodge; Three meals daily; Daily Guided Fishing w/ fishing packages; Non-alcoholic beverages; Wine and Beer during happy hour; Transfers to and from Idaho Falls or West Yellowstone airports
What's Not Included
Airfare to Idaho Falls, Idaho; 8% Idaho State taxes; Individual travel expenses; All wine and beer outside of happy hour; Fishing licenses; Guide and Staff Gratuities; Laundry service; Fishing Equipment including flies, leaders, tippet, etc.; Equipment rentals; Items of a personal nature
Terms & Conditions
Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides and lodges which it represents. Henrys Fork Lodge’s policy follows: A 50% deposit is required to secure all reservations. Final balance is due 60 days prior to departure. All fees are refundable minus a $100 per person cancellation fee up to forty six (46) days prior to departure. Within forty-six days of departure, all funds are non-refundable unless a replacement client is found. Refunds of deposits/payments made on credit cards will be charged a 3.5% service charge to fully compensate Tailwaters Travel for all bank charges incurred. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgement that registrant has read and accepts the cancellation, refund, and responsibility clauses.
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Hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, horseback riding, golf and tennis are close by, and the lodge is an ideal headquarters for touring Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Non-anglers with a car will find excellent shopping in West Yellowstone, and may want to make the drive over to Jackson Hole, WY for the day or for a little nightlife.