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Henry’s Fork Report – Sucker’s Bet

June 24th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Earlier this month, Henry’s Lake reached 100% full, and they started releasing water into the outlet. We were optimistic – thinking of all the large cutts and hybrids that were washed over the dam. We are especially lucky that we have access to the private water right downstream of the dam.

Upon arriving and passing the gate, we scanned the pool for fish.iphone 6 remplacement écran Pretty soon, we saw about a dozen nice fish in the shallow water just above the pool. The fish looked to be in the 16 inch range. What was interesting, the fish had a yellow streak down their lateral line. What an exciting view.

These were not rainbows though. Turns out they are Utah Suckers. Instead of disturbing spawning fish, I went upstream to some riffle water that’s always been productive. Instead of the large Henry’s Lake Hybrid, this riffle had about 200 spawning Utah Suckers. It looked like a mini version of Alaska.

The next day, we floated the Big Springs National Water Trail, mainly as a family float. We did bring our rods. At the confluence, where fishing becomes legal, we saw a few cutts, and many more spawning Utah Suckers.

I found that the suckers would take a chartreuse copper John. They actually put up a decent fight on my 4wt, even pulling line off the reel.

Tags: Fly Fishing

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jerry // Jun 25, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    That’s funny, targeting suckers 🙂

  • 2 Jean-Paul Lipton // Jun 26, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Nice work. Were you tightlining or indicator fishing? I find that bouncing the nymph along the bottom increase my takes and hookups with many sucker species.

  • 3 WhiskeyCreek // Jun 26, 2008 at 10:25 pm


    Thanks! Bouncing a copper john right on the bottom. I was a bit surprised they would take it, since they were also interested in acts of love.
    I had multiple hookups, and all the landed fish were fair hooked, so not a fluke.

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