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. Henry’s Fork Lodge is ideally situated to fly fish many great waters of the area making it an optimal location with a longer season than most. 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.
Henry’s Fork Lodge is located on the banks of the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River in Island Park, Idaho.
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 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 of the Snake River:
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 River:
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.
The Yellowstone River:
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 Rivers:
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.
The Gallatin River:
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.
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.
Yellowstone National Park:
Only 40 miles from the lodge, Yellowstone National Park offers days of touring the magnifiecent landscapes, thermal features and viewing the abundant wildlife. The lodge can arrange individual or group tours guided by a professional naturalist.
Harriman State Park:
A go-to for the family and friends who love the outdoors, Harriman State Park is the site of seven miles of excellent dry fly fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, birding and wildlife viewing. Its 16,000 acres comprise of meadows, forest and streams makign it a crown jewel of Idaho's park system. If you want the activities of Yellowstone National Park without the drive, this is an excellent place to go.
Big Springs National Water trail is a short 30-minute drive from the lodge and is a unique way to see birds and wildlife of the area. A peaceful and scenic 3.5 mile paddle down a gentle section of the Henry's Fork will give you the chance to see moose and a variety of waterbirds. The lodge will arrange rental canoes for you.
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, oriental carpets and original artwork.
Rooms are equipped with phones and guests have access to high speed wireless internet throughout the lodge. The lodge is served daily by FedEx, UPS and the US Postal Service, so guests can stay connected to homes and businesses.
The lodge's three chefs create daily-changing menus from fresh and largely locally-sourced ingredients, so dining is liek visiting a fine major city restaurant. Fish is flown in fresh-caught from Hawaii and Alaska. A nicely selected wine list complements your food choices. The lodge dining room is well known as the finest restaurant in the greater Yellowstone area. Guests have a wide range of times for dinner and the chefs 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
2020 Rate: $4,140 plus tax per person for a 5 night / 4 day package based on double occupancy
*Variable lenth stays are welcome, please inquire for rates.
Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, transportation between the lodge and either the Idaho Falls or West Yellowstone airports, pre-dinner beverages, appetizers, guided fishing.
Not Included: Airfare, lodging tax, fishing license, staff and guide gratuities, flies, fly fishing tackle.
Species: Rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout
Season: May - October
Capacity: 24 anglers
Map: Island Park, ID
Time: The time in Idaho is Mountain Daylight Time.