Photos of the Day: Brown Drakes and Rainbow Trout on the Henrys Fork

Written by Rowan Nyman


The Henrys Fork at dusk is a place of awe-inspiring beauty.
Photo by Rowan Nyman

It is a busy time in the greater Yellowstone area, as many of the “glory” bugs of summer are making their annual appearance simultaneously and en mass. After a hot summer day spent chasing salmonflies, George Kelly and Alan Muchmore and I headed to the Ranch section of the Henrys Fork, to attempt to fish the elusive brown drakes. This very large mayfly tends to emerge right at sunset, on very slow and silty sections of the Fork.

Pushing a size 10 or even 8, brown drakes attract some very large trout to the surface. We decided to look for these bugs just down from Millionaires Pool, in the channels. Lo and behold, a solid emergence and spinnerfall tempted many trout to the surface. I played photographer as George and Allan tested their skills on the educated trout of the Ranch. Success and fun was had by all!


George Kelly with a healthy Henrys Fork rainbow that fell for a Brown Drake.
Photo by Rowan Nyman

These big, beautiful bugs look like sailboats coming down the river.
Photo by Rowan Nyman

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