Firehole above the Canyon

19 June 2006 By Dan Bachman • Fishing-Spots • Comments (4)

Evenings spent on the Firehole above the canyon were quite productive. The caddis hatch was prolific along all of the calmer water. As the hatch would die down along a section we would travel further upstream where the hatch would be in full swing.

Firehole River

Author watching a rising trout on the Firehole Hooked Trout

In the miles directly upstream from the canyon section on the river the caddis hatch would start anywhere from 5:00 PM to dark depending on the day and the weather. Fisherman had staked out positions in many of the prime locations, but it was anything but crowded.

Fishing amongst the trees on the Firehole Firehole Author casting to rising trout

The Henry’s Fork Caddis in size 16 (pictured) was my fly of choice and worked well to the point that I had several people stop me and ask me what I was using. I shared a fly with each that enquired only to find out I had left myself with only the specimen on the end of my line left. On the very next cast I hooked a nice sized rainbow that leaped twice before popping my 6X tippet. On that particular evening I was left with no choice but to use a traditional elk-hair caddis that garnered only a snap or two in the remaining minutes of light.

Henry's Fork Caddis Fishing Companion


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  1. 19 June 2006 Karl

    Nice photos.
    How did you get so close to the animal in the last shot? Wolf?

  2. 19 June 2006 Dan Bachman

    I believe it was a coyote. I noticed him watching me fish only 100 yards away on the bank. I must have waited 20 minutes for a good shot. But when he was in the open he wouldn’t look at me. I had a small zoom lense on the camera and was able to get the shot.

  3. 23 June 2006 Craig

    I must say you outdid your self on this one. Absolutely awesome photography and as usual remarkable writing.

  4. 24 June 2006 Micah Lauer

    I cannot say enough about the quality of your reports. From the wide range of waters you visit to your writing and photography, I truly enjoy what you have developed here at Tattered Fly. I am an Idaho native returning ‘home’ this summer and your blog is a constant source of motivation and anticipation of adventures to come.


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