Stalking trout with dry flies. Floating, wading, and camping along the rivers. Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Winter trips to Mexico.

Jan 16, 2015

Fiberglass and Midges (1200 cfs)

Took my oldest and my newest out for a few casts this afternoon.  The oldest is my very first fly rod, a 6 wt. Fenwick from the 70's that fishes nice with a DT5.  I remember lawn casting it when I was about 10 years old, and catching some rainbows and brookies with it in my early teens.  Until this past summer, I hadn't removed it from the case since the 80's.  It still looks great, feels great, and casts better than I ever remember, though I never did really learn to cast it well back then.  Along came graphite in my late teens, and I put the old "junk rod" away, but never could quite part with it for some reason.  Thank heavens!

The newest one is the Lamiglas 4wt. I just built a month ago, but haven't had time to fish until this afternoon.  From the first cast, it felt like an easy extension of my arm, just beautiful.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to be using it a lot in the coming season, and I'm building a companion 5 weight from the same blank.

Fiberglass--Just like bamboo, only less expensive, stronger, and lighter.  Glass fishes at a proper "slower" pace, protects light tippets with small flies, and just feels right.  I like the retro look too.

Dec 26, 2014

New Lamiglas

Its that time of year.  Below Zero.  White.  Cold.  Counting the days until June.  A good time to wrap some rods.  This is my latest, a Lamiglass Honey, 7 1/2' 4wt.  It should be sweet on the spring creeks, and for fishing baetis, tricos, and midges on the light stuff.

Oct 20, 2014

Close to Home 10/19 (810cfs)

Nice day for a float.  Rising fish.  No crowds (only saw 3 other boats all day!)

Oct 15, 2014

Henry's Fork Equinox-9/19-21 (420cfs)

My fall trip is always bittersweet.  Sweet because I have unlimited time and plenty of fuel, but bitter because its the last long trout fishing trip of the year.  The first summer trip has only anticipation and a bright future of the season ahead.  This trip, with the trees in their golden glory, marks the finish of summer, which seemingly just arrived.  The crowds are gone, but so are the caddis and drakes.  Weather is mostly perfect, but soon the snow will push my dreams to the tropics.  So I try to savor what is left, and enjoy the perks of fall fishing.  Solitude, uncrowded highways, and comfortable days and nights.  I have good fishing and great waters to enjoy.  It begins where it began in late May, the Henry's Fork--of course!

A pretty good Mahagony Dun match!

An empty upper ranch parking lot!