Written by: Tom Evenson, Orvis Western ELOG Director
This past week I traveled to Three Rivers Ranch (one of the first ever Orvis Endorsed Lodges) in Warm River, Idaho, for a business meeting with lodge owner, Lonnie Allen, and a group of her staff and guides. After the meeting, a few of us did a short float on the Henrys Fork.
Though cold temperatures and rain put the brakes on any hope of seeing adult Salmonflies—reports were that I should have been there last week, of course—the streamer fishing was solid, as you can see from these photos.
Early season can be some of the best fishing of the year: helicopter-size dry flies or striping T-bone streamers? Sign me up! It’s also when fewer people are willing to gamble on variable weather and water conditions, but the fish are focused on bulking up. We did not see a single other boat or angler—seriously crazy!
Tom Evenson is the Western Director of the Orvis Endorsed Lodges, Outfitters, and Guides (ELOG) program.
[Editor’s Note: Why no apostrophe in Henrys Fork? The U.S. Board on Geographic Names has a rule on this, which cites that very river as the example: “Apostrophes suggesting possession or association are not to be used within the body of a proper geographic name (Henrys Fork: not Henry’s Fork).” There are only five exceptions, and the only one you will have heard of is Martha’s Vineyard.]