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Henry’s, why you go

Written by kyle and posted on November 7th, 2010 | Comments »

Every now and then a day of fishing comes along that is so incredible you have to pinch yourself to make sure you are really there. Friday November 5th was one of those days. Last week I got a call from Dan Kennedy, he wanted me to come take a look at the deer he killed this year. The antlers were more than impressive on this monster Mule deer.
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After chatting for a bit we talked about how we should get together and fish soon. We tentatively planned a trip to Henrys pending whether or not Everet could attend. After a few phone calls we got things nailed down for the trip. An extreme high pressure, covering the entire Western United States, almost canceled the trip. We decided to risk maybe having a dead calm day where the trout just lay on the bottom and watch the flies go by. Sure glad we did.

We arrived at Henry’s before the first hints of light were even showing over the mountains to the East. We inflated the boats and kicked out into the cold misty lake. Everyone caught at least one fish with a few standouts coming to net including an 18 inch Brook Trout caught by Dan.
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We decided to move and loaded up the car with the boats to move to a new area. I think I need a truck??
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For the newt few hours we sight fished some small bays. Everet made a great cast and put a scud right in front of this 20 inch Brook Trout.
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I caught a few on a flashy golden damsel pattern.
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And Dan got a few nice ones i’ll post more pics when he gets them to me.

Things slowed down and we feared it would be a slow afternoon. We drove to a local gas station, fueled up, and looked at some pics of some really big fish in the mini fly shop they had there. We decided to try the state boat ramp but changed our minds when we got there and there were 5000 people in drift boats and on the bank. The day was starting to drag so we decided to head back to the small bays from the morning to see if we could finish the day with some fish. The wind had started to blow a bit but we thought it wouldnt be enough to make any big difference.

On the way back to the bays we were passing some wooded shoreline and Everet said, “Stop right here, I think it may be perfect!”. We pulled off and walked down to the water, Everets eyes lit up and he goes, “This is what we have been waiting for!” The next few hours were spent wading and throwing streamers at the bank. Many larger than average Cutthroats came to hand.
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Then it happened. Everet started yelling from about 100 yards away. We hurried over to find him mid battle with a fish he said had smoked him on the first run!
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He was excited but calm as he stood there in a draw with what he called a “good fish”. Another five minutes passed that felt like hours. The fish was close but none of us had seen it in the murky water. One last pull and the head came up, I quickly scooped up what is the biggest trout I have ever seen. This Cutthroat/Rainbow Trout Hybrid was massive, about half of its body fit in the small net we had with us. I bear hugged the net and the fish and got to shallow water. We were all freaking out as I handed the net to Everet. What a fish!
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Everet decided to let this trophy go, surely a hard choice but I’m proud of him for doing it. The fish swam off strongly, hopefully to be caught again.
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Henry’s Lake is amazing. What a privilege to be able to share such a special day with good friends. The big fish are there, when conditions are right there is a good chance of catching one of these incredible fish. Ive said it before but this is one of the top five stillwater fisheries in the United States. Days like Friday are the reason you go.

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6 Comments on “Henry’s, why you go”

  1. sharla graf Says:

    Wow! That is one of the most beautiful fish I have ever seen. How great to get it all on film so you can remember it forever! Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words, but I love the words you use to describe these adventures. One of these days we need to take a trip up that way and stay in Yellowstone and fish all weekend!

  2. Brad Says:

    How much do you think that fish weighed. Tell Everet congrats on a fish of a lifetime…well in his case – this week.

  3. Kyle Says:

    Dude we taped it on the rod, today I measured and it was right at 28.5 inches. I’m sure it would have made 29 if we had it on level ground. I’m guessing it was around 11-12 pounds. It was SO tall!! I’ll tell him!! I actually hooked something BIG about 20 mins later. I fought it for a while but gave it a bit too much mustard and the hook pulled. :( Maybe next time…

  4. Brandon Says:

    Sweet report dude! That fish is ridiculous!! Bummer your big one came unbuttoned.
    oh b.t.w You don’t need a truck the malibu-tae gets it done :)

  5. Kyle Says:

    Haha, shes been a good one. :)

  6. Angie Says:

    Wow, that fish is HUGE!! I didn’t know they actually got that big! Sounds like it was an awesome trip. I love how you paint a picture of exactly what it was like to be there. I feel like I was right there with you! And I almost feel like I know something about fishing, the way you describe it! ;)

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