Imagine if you will a vast, crystal clear spring creek where the wild rainbows can be as easy or as challenging as you like. Then imagine 50 miles of river with countless water types, prolific hatches, and entire floats that rarely see anglers. And lastly imagine an elegant and understated lodge, designed by an award-winning architect, on a wooded bluff overlooking it all. This is Henry’s Fork Lodge, one of the premier destinations of the Rockies for over twelve years. Henry’s Fork Lodge is ideally situated to fly fish other great waters of the area such as the Madison, Yellowstone, Firehole, Gibbon, Gallatin, and Lamar, as well as Slough Creek, Hebgen Lake, and Henry’s Lake. Non-anglers will enjoy the tasteful accommodations, close proximity to Yellowstone Park, and additional activities such as hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Whether you are a seasoned traveling angler or a newcomer to the sport and region, Henry’s Fork Lodge will provide you with an angling and lodging experience that you will appreciate and enjoy. Accommodations include six units in the main lodge and eight cottage suites with private bathrooms, sitting rooms, and fireplaces. Guiding is provided by the local experts at WorldCast Anglers, Trouthunter and Henry’s Fork Anglers.
Henry’s Fork Lodge Location:
Henry’s Fork Lodge is located on the banks of the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River in Island Park, Idaho.
Henry’s Fork Lodge Fishing Program:
You will be assisted by some of the finest fly fishing 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 Henry’s Fork fly fishing and appreciate the magnificent surroundings. At the end of your trip you will probably have some new friends.
Henry’s Fork Lodge Fisheries:
Henry's Fork Lodge was built in the heart of the country's finest fly fishing because they are serious about fly fishing. Their rivers contain only wild fish—no hatchery stockers here—making every outing a genuine fly fishing experience.
Anglers worldwide have called the Henry's Fork the finest dry fly stream in the world. In addition to the Henry's Fork, the area boasts an honor roll of great fly fishing rivers including the Madison, Gallatin, Yellowstone, Firehole, South Fork of the Snake and many others.
The Henry's Fork
Named the favorite river in the US by members of Trout Unlimited, the Henry Fork offers 50 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 while remaining 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 you may be accompanied by bison, elk or swans as you wade for browns and rainbows. Outside the Park, the river flows for more than 40 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 country—the epitome of Big Sky country.
One of the last great strongholds of the Yellowstone cutthroat, the native fish of our area of the 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 nontechnical 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 mid-river riffles and islands.
Hebgen Lake is home of the "gulpers," rainbows and browns that cruise the surface gobbling mayflies on summer mornings. You can use float tubes and canoes here for a stealthy approach. We like 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 pounds on sinking lines.
The Secret Spot
Every guide has his secret spots and lesser-known places. You will also find a multitude of wonderful fishing places that are just overshadowed by the more famous and popular rivers and lakes.
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. The lodge is designed to be as comfortable and enjoyable for non-anglers, as for anglers. They will be delighted to arrange activities for you or your group.
Accommodations and Meals:
Henry's Fork Lodge was designed by award-winning architect Joseph Esherick. Mountain buildings were one of his specialties, and because he was also an avid fly fisherman, he built in all the special features that anglers require. The lodge was nominated for national architecture awards for its distinctive combination of elegance and comfort.
They have six units in the main lodge, including two deluxe suites with fireplace and big views of the Henry's Fork, one with separate bedroom and living room. The eight cottage suites all have private bedrooms and sitting rooms with fireplaces. The lodge's decor is highly distinctive featuring wood paneling, antique furniture and oriental carpets.
There are now phones in all of the rooms as well as high speed WiFi wireless internet access throughout the lodge. So, for those of you who must stay connected during your stay, bring your WiFi capable laptop or your laptop and a local dial-up number so you don't have to worry about what you're missing at the office.
Dining is a sublime experience at Henry's Fork Lodge. Whether it's a hearty breakfast, a gourmet picnic lunch, or an elegant dinner, our restaurant has gained a reputation for having the finest cuisine in the Yellowstone area. Their chef brings together the freshest ingredients with the finest in continental tradition. The result is meals that satisfy your appetite and please the most discriminating palate. Their menu changes daily and offers a wide selection. And they even adjust meal times to "match the hatch," so you never have to choose between dinner and the evening rise.
Day 1: Arrive Henry’s Fork Lodge
Days 2-6: Full days of guided fishing
Day 7: Depart lodge.
2017 Rate: $4,026 per person for a 5 night/4 day package
Species: Rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout
Season: May - October
Capacity: 24 anglers
Map: Island Park, Idaho
Time: The time in Idaho is Mountain Daylight Time.