Tuesday, May 5, 2009

North Platte Report/ April

Well what a month of crazy weather. Winter did not want to give up her grip! We had some 60 degree days & single digit days with slush ice floating down the river & wind howling like a "Zephyr".It was pretty darn good fishing even with drastic weather. They kept the river around 2000cfs until 3rd week, then drop it to 1000cfs in anticipation of run off/ rain.

Did a few trips early in the month with the weather canceling a lot mid month. Sanaya had some time off, so, she came out for a few days. We had 2 good days of weather with great fishing & 2 bad days with snow & wind. We spent one day tying some secret patterns that I taught Sanaya how to do. This sweet fish ate one of her own flies she tied that morning! She ended up hitting a few on her own flies. I was Stoked!

Had a great group of guys on 4-21. Andy & Greg were in my boat & we had a good day. Greg was the hot rod in the morning & Andy in the afternoon. Thanks you guys!

The last week of April was some decent weather with the most incredible BWO hatches on those unsettled days, but hardly a fish up on them. I did find a pod one day & was able to get 8 on BWO cripples.

Well, we have the "Two Fly Tournament" starting Thur. 5-7 for 2 days of competition. It is a fund raising event for local charity's. Go to http://www.twoflyfoundation.com/ for details. Hope the weather gets nice for these guys.

Until the next report,"It's Streamer time! Go search for the tug!"

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

First Week on The North Platte

"Capt. Kirk w/ His 23" Hen!

Well, it was an interesting first week for me in Alcova, Wy. A winter storm came through an dumped over two feet of snow in the Casper area & 7" of snow at the Grey Reef dam on Mon. & Tues.(3-23/3-24). Had a trip Sun. before the storm & we crushed it! Boated 30 to 35 fish w/ the scud, leech & "Reef" worm being the hot flies. I landed a beautiful Brown on one of the stormy days in blizzard conditions.
The Grey Reef has been fishing exceptionally well. The fish are incredibly fat & full of fight! Bows are starting their spawn so they are getting really aggressive. (Leave 'em alone on the beds!)
Yesterday the Bearuea of Reclamation started their "Spring Flush". 500cfs bumped up to 4000cfs in 3-4 hrs in the middle of the night , then back down to 500cfs by 10:00am. This fluctuation cleans all the spawning gravel of sediment & fine silt & has been a positive impact for the last few years. They'll flush for 4 nights then the flows are suppose to be stabilized around 2000cfs, an excellent level for the fish to spread out after 500cfs all winter.
Last trip I did was Sat. 3-28 w/ "capt. Kirk" & Cole. The first fish of the day was a 23" Hen at the boat ramp that Kirk pinned. She was a bueat! The rest of the day they kept taking turns like gentlemen sticking fish. Thanks guys, fun day.
I had a trip Sun. reschedule due to wind so I went out for a couple hours w/ Stu in the afterbay, lil slow in the morning but we stuck a few. Afternoon was a different story! Here's a gorgeous fish I landed @ the Dam.
Well, back to Jackson to see Sanaya for a couple days then trips over the weekend.
Til next report, "Go Fishing!".

Friday, March 6, 2009

Henry's Fork, Idaho

Well, it's been nice and warm the last few weeks so I've been fishing almost every day. The South Fork has been excellent with the Rainbows getting their feed bag on before the spawn. Mainly a nymph game ,but leeches and a couple different streamers have been doing the job.
The Henry's has been on fire! Around the town of Ashton, Id. there are some great access points and some really nice fish. Fished w/ my buddy Jay the other day and caught this fat Bow, one of many. Also a nymph game , but there was one day the fish were up pretty good. A Griffith's gnat w/ an emerger behind it seemed to do the trick.
Headed to the North Platte in a couple weeks. The reports have been really good over there, so I can't wait to hit it myself and to put some folks on some beautiful Platte river "Pigs".
Til next time," Go wet a line."

Friday, February 6, 2009

Winter on the Rivers

What a winter so far. It started off late (12-12-08) was our first taste of good snow accumulations & it didn't stop for a good 3 1/2 weeks.
The Powder skiing has been excellent! Mid Jan. we had some great storm cycles move through making for some really good turns.
With these storms you have mild temps so fishing is always an option. I have had many exceptional days on the South Fork & Henry's Fork this winter fishing w/ Sanaya & friends. Josh & Adam, fellow guides from Casper, Wy., fished a couple days w/ me & we "tore 'em up" on both rivers!
Enjoy the photos & I'll update again soon.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Salmon River again!

Another great 2-1/2 days Steelheading. Hooked 8 landed 7, WOW! 1 Wild Buck of about 27" was an incredibly fight! Zac, Keith, & I pretty much had the whole river to ourselves. Didn't see any Spey fisherman & just a couple gear fisherman. The hot fly was a Purple/ Pink Guinea pattern.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Montana w/ Sanaya & Bailey

Had to take a trip off Steelheading & Sanaya wanted to go fishing , so we packed the truck & headed to Dillon, Mt. for a couple days. The Big Hole & Beaverhead were our target waters on the last 2 days of Mt.s general season. First day we woke up to light snow falling & a good dusting on the ground, but that didn't deter us! We headed up the road to lil town of Melrose to check out a few fishin holes, ICED UP! We stopped at the Salmon bridge access & Sanaya caught a nice rainbow nymphing. About an hour later, down river at Browne's bridge, I landed a nice brown. Pretty slow/cold day.
Next morning we had a little breakfast at "Granny's" & headed to the Beaverhead. We started fishing right below the dam to some "Phd" fish! Tuff fish! Headed down river to the "honey hole" and proceeded to nymph just down stream of some "Blonde"gravel. For the next 3 hours we hooked, fought, & landed many rainbows & browns in the 14-22" range. It was pretty amazing fishing! Until the next trips report,
"Here's to feelin the pull!"

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Spectacular Steelheading!

Beautiful Wild hen.

Heck of a ram.

Zac w/ a Chromer!

Dog "pointed" to this one!

Quincy w/ her 1st on a Spey rod w/ a lil help from Zac,3rd cast.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Spent the last week on the Salmon, it was best "Bite" this Fall.
Hooked fish every day, with many multiple hook ups in a day.
Once again Zac was the "hot rod" with his largest being a 31.5" 10lb beaut.
Mark & Mike fished over the weekend w/ us & did well also. Fished a day w/ Quincy & Max that was really entertaining. The dog tried to eat Quinc's fish 1st, then later in the day 1 of mine.
Well, off to the Big Hole in Mt. for a few days w/ Sanaya to catch large Browns.
report pending