Trip Overview 

The Henry's Fork of the Snake River deserves its status as one of the most famous trout streams in the world. Much of the water has the look and characteristics of a giant spring creek and the river's prolific hatches and strong populations of large trout combine to make this one of the West's top dry fly fisheries. Situated directly on the banks of the Henry's Fork is TroutHunter Lodge, one of our top picks for guided fishing and lodging in eastern Idaho and the Yellowstone region. TroutHunter offers complete fishing packages that include comfortable riverside accommodations, a fully-stocked fly shop, a full-service bar, and the best food on the river. Each TroutHunter lodge package is constructed to meet your expectations, putting you on the right water, with the right flies, at any time of year.

Destination Quick Facts 

Trouthunter Lodge - Yellow Dog Flyfishing AdventuresLOCATION:  Last Chance, Idaho

SEASON:  Year-round

CAPACITY:  11 rooms and a maximum of 24 anglers

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB:  West Yellowstone, MT (WYS) or Idaho Falls, Idaho (IDA)

TARGET SPECIES:  Rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Idaho and/or Montana fishing license, available at all area fly shops and online

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO     888-777-5060     INTL 01-1-406-585-8667       info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com

ACCOMMODATIONS

Lodging Details
Situated only 150 feet from the river, all eleven of the Lodge’s rooms feature large deck areas with breathtaking views. The beautiful 11,000 square foot structure is sided in antique fir reclaimed from a Montana mining complex and local moss rock. Amenities include a large outdoor hot tub area, satellite television, and a hand-hewn pool table for guests. The rooms have two queen beds, a private bath, in-floor radiant heat, and gear storage. A fully-stocked fly shop and art gallery is attached to the Main Lodge. The Last Chance Bar and Grill, also steps away from guest rooms, is a gathering place for both local and visiting anglers. There is a two night minimum stay for those who do not book guided fly fishing trips, and longer packages and all-inclusive packages of any length can be organized.

Food and Beverages
The Last Chance Bar and Grill offers the best food and bar socializing environment in the entire area. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all made from scratch by an in-house chef. Breakfast presents a variety of traditional options, both hearty and light. Lunch is prepared to be served on the river with your guide each day. Dinner has everything from burgers and steaks to seafood and salads, all presented by our relentlessly friendly staff.

Typical Length of Stay
Trips and packages of any length can be arranged. With so much fishing available on the Henry’s Fork, and with the Lodge’s close proximity to Yellowstone Park and many of Montana’s famous rivers, TroutHunter is the perfect base of operations for fishing the region.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
There are many options for the non-angling guest or the angler looking to take a day off from fishing. The staff at TroutHunter can arrange horseback trips in the local area. Harriman State Park has many miles of hiking and mountain biking trails and an abundance of wildlife. For most of the summer, an incredible variety of waterfowl, wading birds, songbirds, and raptors are present. Moose, elk, wolves, and deer are some of the larger animals, but you may also see badgers, coyotes, foxes, fishers, marmots, and pine martens. A trip to visit Yellowstone National Park is easily accomplished from TroutHunter. The West Entrance is located 35 minutes away in the town of West Yellowstone.

Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi access is available at the Lodge and cell phones work in Island Park.

FISHING

General Information
Mention the word Yellowstone and you instantly stir the blood of the adventurous angler for whom fly fishing holds far more significance than a simple recreational activity. If you love gorgeous water, amazing countryside and challenging trout, then a week spent fishing the Yellowstone and Henry’s Fork region should be at the top of your list. In an area that is home to some of the most famous shops, outfitters and guides found anywhere in the business, the TroutHunter operation stands alone in being the best of the best. The guide staff of TroutHunter is comprised of some of the most respected anglers and instructors in the industry, and the Lodge takes extra care in pairing each angler with the guide that best serves their needs, desires, and expectations. When fishing a region that many consider the “PhD program of flyfishing,” it makes a huge difference having these professionals at your side. And, unlike many guides, this team does not adhere to banker’s hours. If there is an evening spinner fall or late caddis activity, anglers can choose to fish until they can no longer see their fly! With nearly 100 miles of compelling and remarkably varied water, an angler can spend days on end without fishing the same stretch and constantly experiencing different angling situations that require diverse problem solving methodology to be successful.

The Box Canyon is three miles of swift boulder strewn pocket water. This beautiful stretch of water is rich in stonefly and mayfly nymphs, caddis pupa, and sculpin. It is home to notably fat and powerful Rainbow Trout. The nymphing angler often experiences days catching great numbers of fish of all size classes. Those looking to target large fish with streamers will also enjoy a float down the canyon. At certain times of the year anglers are treated to dry fly action in "The Box" as salmon fly, golden stone, caddis and grasshopper imitations invoke explosive strikes from fish.

The Harriman Ranch section of the Fork is as captivating and technical a stretch of water as you will find anywhere in the world. Here, the river slows down to a meandering crawl as it enters the world-famous “Ranch.” Many a well-traveled fisherman has settled down here to spend the majority of his remaining angling days stalking the large, wary rainbows with which this section of river has become synonymous. Nearly all of this area is very easily waded and its openness affords unobstructed casting. The slow water stretches of this section are so rich in quantity and diversity of aquatic insect life that the trout need not be opportunistic. Instead resident rainbows have the luxury of much more food passing by them than they could possibly ingest. A fish that eats an infinitesimal percentage of the natural insects it sees is a very difficult one to coax to an artificial offering. To complicate matters, several different insect hatches often occur simultaneously. Individual fish, in turn, key in on specific life stages of specific species of insects. Proper fly selection, based on careful observation, is critical. Approaching this stretch with reverence, a degree of humility, and tempered expectations can result in priceless memories. Enjoy the pristine surroundings, test your skills, and savor your victories. You will be glad that you did.

The Lower River, the stretch of the Henry's Fork downstream of the Warm River to the confluence with the South Fork, offers great contrast to the technical waters of the Ranch with its more forgiving, action-packed fishing. The Warm River to Ashton float offers some of the region's best scenery in addition to its plentiful rainbow and brown trout. Over the course of the season you will find trout rising to salmon flies, golden stones, Yellow Sallies, caddis, pale morning duns, a variety of Drakes, hoppers, and blue winged olives. Additionally, attractor dries, nymphs, and streamers account for many of the trout caught on this section.

In addition to the nearly 60 miles of varied water on the Henry's Fork, all TroutHunter guides are licensed to guide in Montana and Yellowstone Park. The finest waters on the Madison, Gibbon, and Firehole rivers are all within an hour’s drive from the lodge. Stillwater aficionados will enjoy fishing Henry's Lake, Hebgen Lake, and Island Park Reservoir. The angling opportunities in this part of the region are nearly endless.

Boats and Equipment
The guides at TroutHunter float the area rivers in McKenzie-style drift boats. With regards to gear and equipment, TroutHunter is a complete fly fishing outfitter offering a variety of tackle from the finest manufacturers. Their fly selection is as varied and compelling as the waters they fish! With over 1,300 fly patterns and sizes to choose from, you will be able to address any hatch or situation you may encounter while fishing the Greater Yellowstone area.

 

TRAVEL DETAILS

How To Get There
The closest airport is West Yellowstone, Montana, about 45 miles from the lodge. Next and most popular is Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA), located 75 miles away in Idaho Falls. Idaho Falls is a much larger airport with more options for carriers, rates and schedules. Both airports usually require a connection in Salt Lake City. Jackson Hole, Wyoming (JAC) and Bozeman, Montana (BZN) are also popular airports with direct flights from many cities.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
A shuttle service is available from and back to the Idaho Falls Airport, but many visitors prefer to rent a car allowing them to experience a sight seeing trip in Yellowstone or a non-fishing visit to Harriman Ranch or Mesa Falls. You can arrive and depart on any day of the week.

Documents Required
Idaho, Montana, and Yellowstone Park fishing licenses are available at the fly shop, or by logging onto the following websites: 
Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game 
and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog offers 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 travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

RATES

Package Rates
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. All prices listed below are per person and based on double occupancy. Trips of any length of stay can be arranged, as well as single occupancy packages.

Early Season (April 15 - May 25)
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $833.50
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $1,203.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $1,572.50
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $1,929.04
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $2,298.54

Summer Season (May 26 - July 31)
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $939.50
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $1,348.50
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $1,757.50
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $2,099.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $2,508.00

Late Season (August 1 - October 31)
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $833.50
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $1,203.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $1,572.50
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $1,929.04
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $2,298.54

What's Included

  • Number of nights lodging as specified in the package
  • Number of days of guided fishing as specified in the package
  • Streamside lunch each fishing day with non-alcoholic beverages
  • Transfers to and from the river and all shuttle fees
  • Lodging taxes

What's Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers (can be arranged for an additional cost)
  • Gratuities for guides or lodge staff
  • Breakfast or dinner at the lodge (a la carte)
  • Bar tab at the lodge
  • Rod, reels, waders, or wading boots (available for rental from the fly shop at an additional cost if needed)
  • Flies or terminal tackle during guide trips (guides will pick out what is needed each day and add it to your tab)
  • Fishing licenses
OTHER INFO

Just a few miles from its source at Henry's Lake, a world class stillwater fishery, the Henry’s Fork River triples in size. At Big Springs, 480,000 gallons of water a day pour from the vast underground aquifer. At 52 degrees Fahrenheit, it is the ideal temperature for trout. Further downstream, the Henry's Fork carves deep canyons through rhyolite flows, a reminder of the areas volcanic past, including one violent eruption that would have killed everything within 6,000 square miles.

Client Testimonials

"Thanks to TROUTHUNTER for a wonderful and very memorable fishing experience. Seldom do my son and I find the time to 'get away' and enjoy new territory. Our days in Idaho and Montana were truly the type of days that memories are made of. Thank You! If there were a Nobel Prize for Guide Services, as exists for some other fields, TROUTHUNTER would no doubt be a serious contender. We do hope to come that way again, now that my son is a member of the 20" Club (Now Dad needs to qualify!)"

- Bill S. 



"Please show these pictures as needed and tell anyone who thinks they don't need a guide that they are crazy - 'cause here's the proof. Thanks to everyone at TroutHunter for making our vacation one for the memory books."

- Caren K. 



"Let me take a moment to tell you how pleased we were to have John and Travis guide our recent trip on the Henry's Fork. Their knowledge and professionalism was demonstrated in every facet of the trip. Not only did they take the time to teach new methods and techniques to fly fisherman of all different levels of expertise, they showed the interpersonal skills that made everyone feel comfortable and unanticipated. We are extremely satisfied with the time and effort that was put forth on our behalf. We would not hesitate to use or recommend the entire TroutHunter organization. Once again, thank you and we look forward to seeing you next year."

- Jack L. 



"My son and I spent three days in fishing heaven. We fished stillwater for 'gulpers' along with river fishing. We caught fish on dries, nymphs, and streamers. Our guide Marty went out of his way to catch us fish. The lodge was comfortable and the food was great. The trip was also reasonable from a cost standpoint."

- Greg O. (Boise, Idaho)