Well the Browns are starting to wake up from their slumber. They are really starting to move around. Weather is still hit and miss. Could be cold, for sure windy and there might be a snow shower. Midges are still the food of choice with the periodic Caddis hatch.
Hit the Madison River this week and had a great time. The weather was a mix. Today it was overcast with rain and a slight breeze with the highs in the 50′s. The salmon flys are gone on the stretch of river we were on. There are still some nice size Stoneflies with lots of Caddis, Green Drakes and PMDs later in the day. PMDs we really hatching today in the overcast weather.
We brought a lot of Rainbows and Browns to the boat on dry flies but occasionally switched to nymphing throughout the day. It was a good time and the river is fishing well.
Help Sam Drukman. I have never had the privlage to meet Sam. However, his work and tallent has impacted and influenced my life for many years. I have fished rods crafted from his designs and built memories I will carry with me in this life and the next. Even the smallest donation or simply spreading the word will go a long way.
This is an amazing documentary of the history and current challenges with the Pacific Northwest Salmon and Steelhead runs. Very few people realize the role these fish play in the ecosystem and the amazing journey they have in their lifecycle.
Had a great time chasing the meatlheads this weekend. Great company, great food, great location.
Water was high as we have been having an early run off this year with the early and fast warm weather mixed with the rain.
Fish were not filling the system yet but they were there was fish to be had.
I love fall fly fishing. Rivers are just right. Crowds are gone. Hunting season starts and people transition over. Oct. 1 Chuckars opened here. Now is the time for cast and blast. A good mix of feather and fin. We needed to take some time off so we hit eastern Idaho and the park in late September. The result? Big Cutbow hybrids, Big Brown Trout and scrappy Yellowstone Cutthroat. It just does not get any better. Now, the problem is Stealhead are moving in… So, Stealhead, Chuckers, Stealhead, Chuckers?
Recent years have been record numbers of Salmon and Steelhead returning to Idaho and their native spawning waters across the Sawtooth Wilderness. Idaho holds some of the longest Salmon and Steelhead runs to the Pacific. Salmon and Steelhead run through the Columbia Basin met several challenges along the way from often controversial man made dams used to generate power across the Pacific North West.
Even with record number returns many of these species are still at a critical place when compared to the mind numbing numbers of fish that migrated in the early 1900′s.
This year was a special time for us. While out on a drive through the forest out on a drive we were fortunate enough to catch some Salmon returning to their spawning grounds.
A rewarding adventure and way to give back to the fishing community as a whole is helping out the Fish and Game. As a well under funded organization to do all the things needed to keep things in good order, they do an amazing job with what they have.
One way to help is by volunteering. Our contribution this year was a trip to Northern Idaho to stock an Alpine Lake in the Kootenai National Forest, with native Cutthroat.
Our trip started off at the hatchery where we loaded up with 2100 fingerlings. From there it was off to the trail where we made a 6 mile hike with a total elevation gain of approx. 4500ft. the toughest part being a one mile scramble across a large bolder field. Not exactly the the easiest with a large water balloon on your back. The trek was long enough we made an over night trip out of it. The weather was not fun. It was wet the whole time, but we survived.
Northern Idaho is one of the most beautiful places we have ever been and it was well worth the work despite having low clouds blocking most our views.
No introduction needed for Henry’s Fork I hope. This year I got an amazing present. A trip over to Henry’s Fork to hit opening day. This year our Winter carried on into spring. Making this opener cold, wet and snowy. It snowed and rained the whole trip but we still had a blast chasing the fat rainbows in one of the finest streams in the country.
Headed out this week to go Fly fishing an hit a traffic jam in the forrest.