This ought to get your blood up for some fly fishing. From Mark Coffey NFF Trailer VimeoFeb2014

  We’ve Got Plenty of Water If you were wondering about water conditions in Idaho, take a look at the map of Idaho above.  Data provided by the USGS. Teton Valley Lodge is located in the Henry’s Fork, Teton area of the map.  Our rivers are affected by this area and the Snake Basin above Palisades area.

Lyle ‘K’ Kunz, 79, of Driggs, Idaho passed away in his sleep Friday March 7th, 2014. He was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho on February 28, 1935 to Alma and Mary Kunz  He was the youngest of six children. At the age of six, his parents built a fishing lodge on the banks of the Teton River, known as Alma’s Lodge. His summers were spent at the lodge where his love for hunting and fishing began. At age 10 he began his career as a fishing guide, poling a 16 foot johnboat.   Some of his dearest friends were those with whom he worked on the river and those he guided.  Among those he guided were many celebrities and other famous people, including supreme court judges, professional athletes, olympians and coaches.  He was featured in Sports Illustrated along with his father, and twice was filmed for ESPN.   His love for the Teton River never diminished throughout his life.  He  volunteered for many organizations whose mission was the preservation of the river.  Each summer he could be found fishing or guiding on the river, enjoying both equally.   He continued this career each summer until age 75. He also taught LDS seminary as well as Social Studies, Government, and German in high school and junior high.  In his later life he worked as a security guard. He served a mission for the LDS Church in the West German Mission.   In February 1958 in Salt Lake City he met his eternal companion, Gisela Hundt and was sealed to her for time and all eternity in the Idaho Falls Temple on November 28, 1958. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and served in many capacities and callings in his life. He is survived by his wife, Gisela; sons Mark (Debra)Kunz of Germany, Eric (Trisha)Kunz of Rigby, Idaho, Laurel(Chris) Briggs of Rigby, Idaho, a brother, Laron (Loraine) Kunz, Sisters Jan Robson,  Donna(Don) Seville, as well as 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alma and Mary Kunz, Brothers Bruce Kunz, Ross Kunz, and brother-in-law Dale Robson, and a Grandson Bryce.

A little vintage Box Canyon for you.  

The Ashton Dam raise alternative from the Henry’s Fork Basin Study is represented by the light blue coloration in the image above.  The reservoir elevation would be raised 28 feet.  The upper reach of the new reservoir level would extend to the old bridge abutments shortening the Warm River section of the Henry’s Fork by just over a mile.  The proposed timeline for the Ashton Dam raise is 8 to 25 years.  

Insect Pictures with Names

A question we often here is “What kind of insects do you guys use out there in Idaho?”  Here are some fly fishing insects pictures with names of some we imitate in our area for fly fishing.  These bugs are all adult versions of the insect. These are the patterns you would be trying to emulate while dry fly fishing any of our rivers.  Our guides have all the flies you will need each day.  They are all included in your the price of your trip.

Insect Pictures with Names

Flying Ants

Flying ants can be very hard to spot on the water. I have seen times where there are two or three different mayfly hatches on the water and I thought the trout were feeding on them. It wasn’t until further investigation I found that they were in fact feeding on flying ants. On this day the trout would not turn down an ant pattern even though there were several different mayflies on the water. They are tricky to spot, but if you find the trout feeding on them, it is a sure thing if you have the flying ant pattern.

Insect Pictures with Names

Pink Grasshopper

Ever seen a bright pink grasshopper? Well, neither have I. There are many different colors of grasshoppers in our area. I have heard of people spotting pink, orange, purple and blue grasshoppers. Trout aggressively feed on grasshoppers, especially early in the grasshopper season. One nice thing about grasshoppers is that you can see them on the banks. They also have telltale sounds when flying.

Insect Pictures with Names

Mormon Cricket

The Mormon crickets are gross looking buggers. I have rarely seen them on the water. I have seen them coming out the mouth of a trout when we released the fish. One place you commonly see them is when they cross a road traveling in crops. At these times there can be swarms of them. Like the grasshopper they come in many different colors from blue to orange. They are big and nasty. This is not truly a cricket but a hard shielded katydid which is related to grasshoppers and crickets.

Insect Pictures with Names

Common Blue Damselfly

The damselfly can create crazy behavior in trout. Have you ever noticed trout jumping a few feet wildly out of the water? They may be chasing damselflies. These bright blue bugs hover over the surface of the water looking for mates. You will often see them joined together flying around mating. The trout see the damselfly hovering and will jump to get them.  We rarely use this pattern, but they are a common bug that you will see on the river.

Insect Pictures with Names


The Mayfly is the most common bug on our rivers. They hatch most of the summer and fall. Lucky for us they usually range in sizes 18-14, which is easy on the eyes. The Teton River gets especially heavy hatches of mayflies from July through September.  Fly fishing with parachute mayfly patterns is classic dry fly fishing.  There is nothing better than fishing a small dry to a large rising trout.

Insect Pictures with Names

Caddis Fly

On most rivers caddis are the most abundant bugs. This is not the case on the South Fork or the Teton. The Henry’s Fork does have large numbers of caddis. You will often see large swarms of them in May and June. The caddis is distinguished by its “tent like” wing shape.

Insect Pictures with Names

Salmon Fly

The salmon fly hatch is one to behold.  These giant bugs come out in droves.  They are the size of your pinky finger and the fish love them.  Catching the hatch in just the right moment is tricky.  The fish can become gorged on these bugs.  The South Fork, Teton and Henry’s Fork all get this amazing hatch.

If you have any insect pictures, post the link below.


  1. i want many type of insects phots in many country .the phots you takes is verry nice. i like your photes.

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