HENRY'S FORK LODGE - ISLAND PARK, IDAHO

 

HENRY'S FORK LODGE - ISLAND PARK, IDAHO

Henry’s Fork Lodge offers some the finest accommodations, dining, and one of the most diverse fishing programs found anywhere in the entire Yellowstone region! Anglers staying at the Henry’s Fork Lodge literally have the option to fish the Henry’s Fork, South Fork of the Snake, Madison River, Hegben Lake, Yellowstone Park, and many other stillwaters and smaller streams in the area on any given day. Designed by award-winning architect Joseph Esherick, the lodge has been nominated for architecture awards for its distinctive combination of elegance and comfort. Located on a high bluff overlooking the Henry’s Fork River, one of the most prolific trout rivers in the world, the scenery is second to none! The Henrys Fork Lodge is Yellow Dogs first choice in the region for families, groups, or couples looking to be pampered in an elegant lodge setting. The lodges attention to detail and customer service oriented staff is second to none. Whether it’s a hearty breakfast, a gourmet picnic lunch, or an elegant dinner, their kitchen has gained a reputation for producing the finest cuisine in the region. Henry’s Fork Lodge works with most of the areas outfitters, so if you have a favorite guide in the area, chances are we can arrange it.

Typical Length of Stay

A typical package at the lodge is six nights with five days of guided fishing, although a trip of any length can be arranged. The Henry's Fork Lodge does require a three night minimum stay. Please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.

Accommodations and Lodging

Henry's Fork Lodge Accommodation Henry’s Fork Lodge offers some of the finest accommodations in the entire Yellowstone region! 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 flyfisherman, he built in all the special features that anglers require. As a result, Henry’s Fork Lodge has been nominated for national architecture awards for its distinctive combination of elegance and comfort.

Located on a high bluff overlooking the Henry’s Fork, the scenery from the deck of the lodge is simply breathtaking! There are six units in the main lodge, including two deluxe suites with fireplaces and big views of the Henry’s Fork, one with a separate bedroom and living room. The eight cottage suites all have separate bedrooms and sitting rooms with fireplaces. The Lodge’s decor is highly distinctive featuring wood paneling, antique furniture and oriental carpets. The lodge has phones in all of the rooms and they offer high-speed Internet access throughout the lodge, so you can stay connected and productive at work if needed.

Food and Beverages

Dining is a sublime experience at the Henry's Fork Lodge. Whether it’s a hearty breakfast, a gourmet picnic lunch, or an elegant dinner, the restaurant has gained a reputation for having some of the finest cuisine in the Yellowstone area. The menu changes daily to reflect what’s fresh and in season. They will adjust meal times to “match the hatch,” so you never have to choose between dinner and the evening rise.

Fishing Information

Preparing to fish "The Ranch"The Henry's Fork Lodge works with most of the guides and outfitters in the area including two of our Yellow Dog partners, Henry's Fork Anglers and TroutHunter. If you have a favorite guide in the area, chances are we can book your guided fishing with them. Please call Yellow Dog for details and specific guide requests.

Fishing from the Henry's Fork Lodge location, anglers have some of the most diverse fishing options available each day of any fly fishing focused destination in the west! Following is a summary of a few of the options available:

The Henry’s Fork was named the favorite river in the U.S. by members of Trout Unlimited, the Henry Fork offers close to 80 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 and also is very productive for inexperienced fly fishers. It can be fished both by wading and floating in a drift boat. The Henry’s Fork is spring fed and its flows are moderated by a reservoir, so it runs clear throughout the season. You can usually see rising rainbows and walk down to fish them right behind the lodge.

The Madison River originates in Yellowstone National Park 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 South Fork of the Snake can be fished from the lodge with certain South Fork licensed guides. 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.

The Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park is 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 are small to medium-sized rivers located 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. Wading is easy and short casts are all you need.

The Gallatin 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 are both cutthroat streams located in the beautiful north end of Yellowstone Park. For those who like to hike 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.

Hebgen Lake is the 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 one of the best and most famous fly fishing lake in Idaho and home to the state record brookie. A Yellowstone Cutthroat fishery mainly, you can also fish for big brookies in the fall and rainbow-cutthroat hybrids up to 6-7 lbs. on sinking lines or with dry dropper rigs.

Boats and Equipment

The guides on the Henry’s Fork use several different types of boats, depending upon the type of water to be fished. River drift boats are used by all of the guides to float the more than 30 different float sections on the Henry’s Fork, South Fork and Madison Rivers. Twin pontoon catarafts are used to float some of the whitewater canyons of the Henry’s Fork. Some of the guides also use powerboats for the lakes where they can move and maneuver quickly from one spot to another. There are several local fly shops in the area that carry the finest in flies, tackle, and equipment.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Henry's Fork Lodge Back PorchThe fly fishing is legendary at Henry’s Fork Lodge, but even non fly anglers will never run out of things to see and do in the area. Some of the world’s most magnificent natural attractions and recreational opportunities are readily available. 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 has been designed to be as comfortable and enjoyable for non-fishers and anglers alike. The experienced and knowledgeable staff will be delighted to arrange activities for you or your group while visiting the area.

How To Get There

The Idaho Falls Regional Airport, 80 miles away, provides the best and most reliable airline service and the best options for airline carries, car rental and shuttle service to Island Park. There is also a small airport in West Yellowstone, about 50 miles away. Almost all destinations require a connection in Denver or Salt Lake City at both airports.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Henry’s Fork Lodge offers free airport shuttle pickup and delivery to and from the airport from 8 am - 8 pm each and every day of the season. Most customers prefer to rent a car so they can enjoy the luxury of sight-seeing and other non-fishing activities. The guides will happily pick up and deliver you to and from the Lodge on your fishing days.

2013 Fishing Package Rates / Costs

All rates listed here are per person. The Henry's Fork Lodge requires a three (3) night minimum stay, although an extended trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Packages can be totally customized and off-season package pricing is also available. Please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.

6 nights stay with all meals and 5 days of guided fishing ------------------------ $3,655.00
Rate is based on double occupancy in the room and in the boat

6 night stay - lodging and meals only ----------------------------------------------- $2,430.00
Rate is based on double occupancy in the room

Lodging and meals only (double occupancy) --------------------------------------- $450.00 per night

Lodging and meals only (single occupancy) ---------------------------------------- $575.00 per night

The Henry's Fork Lodge offers deluxe suites in the main lodge for an additional $50 and $80 per person, per night.

** Henrys Fork Lodge offers a 10% discount on stays of 6 nights or more

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • Number of nights accommodation as specified in your package
  • Number of days guided fishing as specified in your package
  • Three meals per day with pre-dinner beverages and appetizers
  • Transportation to and from fishing area and the lodge
  • Airport transportation from Idaho Falls, ID or West Yellowstone, MT (8am to 8pm)

What's Not Included

  • Flights to Idaho Falls or West Yellowstone
  • Alcoholic Beverages and other items of a personal nature
  • Rental equipment, tackle, and flies (available at local fly shops)
  • Idaho Montana and/or Yellowstone Park fishing licenses
  • Gratuities for guides and staff

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information - Season/Hatch Notes

Most of the water on the Henry’s Fork and South Fork of the Snake rivers is open for fishing on a year round basis. Some of the best dry fly fishing of the entire year on these rivers is from late February through early May. There are good hatches of midges throughout the period. Reliable hatches of Blue Winged Olives occur from March through April. April and early May produce great hatches of Mother’s Day caddisflies and Western March Brown mayflies. If on rare occasions the bugs aren’t hatching, the fishing is good with nymphs and streamers. The period from the middle of June through July is by far the busiest time of the year at Henry’s Fork Anglers. During that period availability of guides and accommodations can be very limited. Guides and accommodations are almost always available during the late winter and spring.

The fishing season on the Harriman State Park is open to fishing from June 15 through November 30. There is almost always something hatching every day of the season. The fishing season in Yellowstone Park opens on Memorial Day weekend and continues through the first Sunday of November. Some waters, including the Yellowstone do not open until July 15. The Upper Madison in Montana below Quake Lake is open from the third Saturday in May through the end of February.

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