The Henry’s Fork Challenge

by | Jun 14, 2012 | Uncategorized | 4 comments

I’ve set a borderline unfeasible challenge for myself this week of catching one big fish on the Last Chance section of the Henry’s Fork every day this week that I’m there.  That’s Tuesday through Saturday on one of the most exciting yet difficult dry fly fishing places on earth.  And all but one of these days will be far from full days of fishing.  With this in mind, my writing will be minimal because fishing for these brutes and getting ready to leave for Baja Sunday takes priority.

Let’s just say that Tuesday was one of the great days on the Last Chance section.  The weather was a heck of a lot better than last week.  I caught eight big rainbows ranging from 18” to 21”.  Just a couple fish 18” or better on this section is a good day.  The Pale Morning Dun hatch and the caddis hatch were unbelievable!

Today was the complete opposite.  Fish and hatches were far and few between.  The day was colder and windy and plenty more anglers have arrived for the famous opener of the Harriman Ranch on Friday.  This is the cool thing about fishing the Last Chance section of the Henry’s Fork – one day you think you have it dialed the next day you’re scratching your head.  This place definitely tests you.  Granny and I walked endlessly only to see about six big rainbows rising between 8 AM and 2 PM.  After the heartbreak of fighting and losing two hawgs only slightly more than a rod length away I landed a miracle 19 incher to keep the streak from being lost on only the second day.  We had to be home this afternoon so seriously, this fish was very very lucky!

I’m home now catching up on things and plan to return to the Fork tomorrow evening.  I’ll have about three hours to land the big fish of Thursday.  This short session won’t be easy to produce; however Friday’s fish could even be harder.  Friday morning comes after the Trout Hunter Ranch Opener Party.  Who knows how fast I’ll be moving.  Also, I’ll only have about three hours to fish on Friday morning before returning home again to work and pack.

Stay tuned. . . . . .


  1. Brent Wilson

    Great fish Jeff. That first photo is awesome.

  2. Jeff Currier - Global Fly Fishing

    We can thank my wife Granny for that first pic and the last for that matter. She thinks the weird angles and etc that I continuously request are stupid till she sees it on the computer screen. She’s a lot better with the camera than she fesses up too!

  3. Pierre

    Leave some fish for the rest of us to attempt to catch!
    Your report is getting me more pumped up by the minute.
    Hopefully I will see you tomorrow.

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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!