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

Jan 28, 2016

A Midge and Some Trout (1550cfs)

After over a month of snow and sub-zero temperatures, it reached a few degrees above freezing this afternoon.  Still damn cold, with low sun, and a chilling little breeze.  But desperation prevailed.  There were some rising fish to sparse midges and some stray BWO's.  They seemed appreciative of any scrap morsel.  Caught 10 in only a couple hours. 

One Fly--Harrop's CDC Transitional Midge

The Bronson and the Fenwick--A Perfect Match

Gettin' Chewed

Nov 14, 2015

Winter (2430cfs)

Got a new toy, a nice one.  Had to try it.  Not much sunlight in the canyon these days.  No hatch.  A tiny little midge here and there.  Some skinny risers in the scum holes, which didn't even have much scum.  Some of them pulled back, a few jumped.  Still ok for mid-November.  It wasn't blowing.  There wasn't ice in my guides.  I have rising fish 45 minutes from home every day of the year, so I can't bitch, right?  A rising trout is a rising trout.  They ate too.  A few hours of this now and then will hold me until the spring baetis start and the healthy fish rise again. 
Hardy on a Hardy!


Used this #24!  What the hell?  They ate it too.

Old Man Fairweather.

Oct 28, 2015

Late Season Special

The morning frost feels like late season.  I don't see any fall leaves.  Hatches are sparse and short-lived.  Fish are rising to midges.  I hear shotgun blasts.  My tomatoes are dead.  All sure signs.
Frosty start with some skim ice.

First Riser

Didn't take long.

Traditional Adams

Perfect holding spot

Today's "glory hole."


Good cloudy day glare bug.

Old guy with an old Fenwick and a stick

Frost gone.

Loaded with these for next time, next year.