Outdoor Idaho

On the Henry's Fork

OUTDOOR IDAHO visits what has been called a fishing mecca -- the Henry's Fork of the Snake River.

For nearly a century, trophy trout have lured anglers to the river. Today, they come from around the world for the ultimate angling challenge. "The dumb fish in here have their Ph.D.s," says Andre Puyans, who runs an exclusive fly fishing school on the river.

Outsmarting these trout is an obsession for Rene Harrop. He has spent 40 years searching for the "perfect fly and the perfect cast to the perfect trout on the perfect river."

But there is more than fishing on the Henry's Fork. A few years ago, love of the river prompted traditional opponents to find new ways to manage the area.

"We thought if we could talk to the environmental groups and they could talk to us, maybe we could do something constructive on the river," says Dale Swensen, manager of the Fremont-Madison Irrigation District. Today, the Henry's Fork Watershed Council is a model for resolving natural resource conflicts.

OUTDOOR IDAHO takes you to this Idaho paradise -- the Henry's Fork of the Snake River.

Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus rhahdofario mykiss)
by courtesy of The Fishing Page
Fishing on the Henry's Fork
Reflections on the Henry's Fork
Interview with a Biologist
Interesting Links
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