Henry's Fork Flies
Flies With a StoryThe PMDsThe Brown Drakes

Flies Tied By: Eric Austin
Story By:
Eric Austin
Home: Delaware, Ohio
E-mail: eaustin2@columbus.rr.com

Born in the Adirondacks of New York, Eric fished many famous trout waters as a youngster and was greatly influenced by local legend Fran Betters. Once a professional musician, Eric now is an electronics technician in the hospital communications arena and freelances when it doesn't interfere with his fishing and tying.

Osborne Bridge area of the Henry's Fork, cropped from a larger image by Ian Forbes


The Story:

Henry's Fork Flies

The Henry’s Fork of the Snake River in Idaho, aside from being one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen, is a great fly fishing laboratory. One can experience several hatches in one day, and even several hatches at once on it’s fertile water. When it became clear that I would be able to return there this year, I made the decision to fish nothing but flies that I tied myself. On my last trip out I was stuck by the beauty and functionality of the flies tied for both Mike Lawson’s and Rene Harrop’s shops in Last Chance, and decided to tie most of the flies I would need for this trip using their patterns. After all, who knows more about what works on the Henry’s Fork than these two legends? I began by obtaining Mike’s video "Tying Flies for Spring Creeks and Tailwaters", and then I bought sample flies from Rene Harrop’s shop in an effort to "get in the ballpark". I also used as a reference an article written by Rene for the March 2001 issue of Fly Fisherman magazine called "Pondering PMDs". Most of the materials used were purchased from the House of Harrop, and I would highly recommend that anyone tying these patterns go "to the source" for materials, as theirs are of the highest quality.

--Eric Austin

Click on the pages below for photos and recipes for the flies that are going with me to the Henry's Fork this season:



Part I: The PMDs

Part II: Brown Drakes

Part III: Green Drakes (coming later)


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