So the other day my friend Jeremy called me and wanted to know if I wanted to go fishing on Sunday. Not wanting to pass on the opportunity to go fish I agreed. Although I just had fished this river I was still excited about going fishing. Plus not having to drive was a nice change
He got to my house at around 0615; we threw my gear in the car and headed out. On the way to the river we stopped off for some doughnuts the breakfast of champions
Not long after we were back on the road and heading to our destination.
Once we got to the river we drove to the first spot that we were going to fish. On the way up we saw fish rising everywhere. Jeremy said “man if it like this we should have a killer day”. After we parked we got out and got geared up. After we were all geared up we noticed Paul’s truck (he shot me an email saying he was going to meet up with us). Paul and Matt got out, we all BSed for a bit. Paul was very nice and handed us a small box of a dozen flies that he had tied. He said that these were that new variation that he made and that he had a killer day with them last Monday. We thanked him; he said that they were going to go check out another hole.
Jeremy and I made our way down to the run and started to fish. I will admit that it took me a bit longer than I expected to get my first hook up. Unfortunately this ended up being a LDR. I went right back to fishing and got another strike. This time when I set the hook the rod came to life and stayed that way. This fish had some nice power, and made a few runs. I landed him a short time later and took a few photos and sent him on his way.
I asked Jeremy if he wanted to try that spot and he said sure. He fished it for a bit and a few LDRs. He then said that he was going to head up river. I moved back into my spot and continued fishing. I managed to land two more before he returned.
When he returned I let him have the top of the run, and I moved to the bottom of the run. I was having a bit of a dry spell so I decided to switch and throw some streamers. I only had two takes on the streamers and unfortunately I missed getting a good hook set and lost both fish.
I decided to go back to nymphing. Meanwhile Jeremy was at the top of the run still having the same luck as he had been having all morning. I got a new nymph rig tied on and made my way to the bottom of the run. I threw out my first cast and shortly thereafter my I saw my indicator go crazy. I thought to myself man this thing must have hammered that fly. This fish had some serious power much more than the previous fish I had on the end of my line that day. I landed this fish took a couple of shots and sent him on his way.
After that fish Jeremy suggested that we go check out another spot. So we went back to the car and headed to a different hole. When we got there I said to Jeremy “go ahead and fish the hole and get your skunk off, I am going to take some shots”. It did not take Jeremy long to get the skunk off. He was rewarded for his efforts with this nice “little” guy.
We fished several different spots during the rest of the day. I had a few more LDRs but none to net. Jeremy managed one other really nice one.
I took some more scenery shots hope you enjoy.
Where in Idaho do you fish out of? I'm in Boise and I'm just starting to look at getting into fly fishing. I did the deep sea fishing thing in Alaska for years and will hopefully start to learn to fly fish this year.
Another great day on the river! Thanks for the update. We are going to have to swap fishing trips some time!
I finally got out on the river with clients Sat & Sunday. Saturday was all about trout for us. A few chrome 14-16" fish was all my newbies could stick. On Sunday it was pretty bleak with two trout mid day then nothing until 5pm. As a guide you need to prep your client before each hole. You try to talk them into the right line without getting them so excited they blow the cast. Sometimes you just keep your mouth shut if they are close to the line you want. That was the case late in the day Sunday. My client accidentally put his flys on the right line. I casually said "just let that one soak for a while." As his fly drifted along a beaver fall his indicator slammed down. The fish hooked itself and it was game on! The client had no idea what to do so I told him to keep his rod high until I get the boat into softer water. The wild hen exploaded from the water and made a screaming run. I had to keep reminding the client to let go of the reel handle and don't point the rod at the fish. As the fish tired and worked towards the boat I got the net ready and the fish made a run. The client dropped the rod tip strait lining the fish and ZPF! I pulled the boat to the side and got him settled down and a new fly tied on. I walked him through the post play talk and said " there is another one in the same spot, lets go get it!
I walked the boat up stream to a point I could ferry across the fast water to hit the line again. He put the fly on the same line and POW! Within 2' of where he hooked the first fish he hooked a second. This one jumped and I could see it was a big buck. This time the client did things right and after an epic battle taking us down one rapid he landed his first steelhead. It was a fat 23" wild buck that was a great first fish in anyones book.
I love it when I can get a newbie into a great fish like that!
Beautiful fish in a beautiful area.
Thanks everybody! It was a fun day for sure, and those browns were great as usual.
@Speyrod: That sounds like a great Idea.... I need to get my butt out and catch some chrome.