Get ready for an exciting episode as we take another dive into the enchanting realm of Henry’s Fork – an angler’s paradise. Mike Lawson, founder of Henry’s Fork Anglers and a fly fishing author, is back on the podcast for the second time to take us on a captivating journey through the vibrant hatches, diverse waters, and hidden gems at Henry’s Fork. We learn the art of matching the hatch and discover the magic behind renowned patterns like the Renegade, Speckled Spinner, and Parachute Adams.

Mike unveils the secrets of Henry’s Fork, sharing its unique features like spring creeks and tailwaters, and some insights on setting up your fly box. We also get to know the friendly experts at the Henry’s Fork Anglers fly shop. Stay tuned as we unravel the wonders in one of the world’s top fly fishing destinations.

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Show Notes with Mike Lawson on Fly Fishing Henry’s Fork

02:00 – We had Mike on the podcast for the first time in episode 190.

03:45 – The Greendrake hatch typically starts sometime after June 15 at Henry’s Fork.

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Western Green Drake (Drunella grandis)

04:45 – They recently had a long winter snow so they anticipate Salmonfly hatch soon. It typically lasts for only 7 to 10 days.

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Salmonfly (Pteronarcys)

06:20 – From September until October, they have some Blue-winged Olived and occasional Mahogany Dunns from early to late September depending on what the year is like weatherwise.

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Blue Winged Olive (Baetis several species)
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Mahogany Dun (Paraleptophlebia bicornuta) 

08:00 – You can visit to check out the chart of different hatches at Henry’s Fork.

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08:45 – Mike wrote 2 books with Stackpole – Spring Creeks and Fly-Fishing Guide to the Henry’s Fork: Hatches, Flies, Seasons & Guide Advice for 80 Miles of World-Class Water

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10:59 – Mike talks about what makes Henry’s Fork special, describing its diversity from spring creeks to tail waters, and more.

13:41 – We talk about the different hatches and the fly that matches.

22:45 – We talk about Harriman State Park.

29:25 – Mike talks about how he sets up his fly boxes.

31:28 – Tricos at Henry’s Fork hatch in July and peaks in August.

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Trico (Trycorythodes minutus)

35:20 – We noted the Renegade fly pattern, the insect it imitates, and why it works.

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Photo by Fly Fishing the Sierra. Click on the photo to be directed to their website.

46:50 – We noted the Speckled Spinner fly which matches with Calibates species.

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Speckled Spinner (Callibaetis ferrugineus)

48:40 – Parachute Adams is still one of the best all-around dry flies.

Photo by Umpqua Feather Merchants. Click the photo to be directed to their website.

52:25 – Flav Mayfly is one of Mike’s favorite hatches in the Summer.

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Flav (Drunella flavilinea)

53:43 – Mike explains when you would use a hackle versus a no-hackle fly.

58:30 – We touch on the Spotted Sedges fly.

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Spotted Sedge Caddis (Hydropsyche)

1:04:00 – If you want to visit the Henry’s Fork Anglers fly shop, you can look for Chris or Andy to get some assistance.

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Visit their website at

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Related Podcast Episodes

WFS 190 – Green Drake Hatch with Mike Lawson – Henrys Fork Fly Fishing, Gary LaFontaine


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Conclusion with Mike Lawson on Fly Fishing Henry’s Fork

In this episode, we had the pleasure of hosting Mike Lawson, who shared his extensive knowledge of fly fishing at Henry’s Fork. Our conversation revolved around a range of fascinating topics, including the highly anticipated hatches like the Greendrake, Salmon Fly, Blue-winged Olived, and occasional Mahogany Dunns. To explore the complete list of hatches at Henry’s Fork, we encouraged listeners to visit, where they can find a comprehensive chart.

Mike’s expertise in the field was evident, as he co-authored two books with Stackpole, focusing on Spring Creeks and providing a valuable fly-fishing guide specifically tailored to Henry’s Fork. During our discussion, we delved into the effectiveness and appropriate usage of various fly patterns, including the Renegade, Speckled Spinner, Parachute Adams, Flav Mayfly, and Spotted Sedges. For those planning a visit, we recommended stopping by the Henry’s Fork Anglers fly shop.

Overall, this podcast episode provided a wealth of information about the unique fly-fishing opportunities at Henry’s Fork, allowing enthusiasts to gain a deeper understanding and make the most of their angling adventures.