Carpin’!

Last Saturday I had a family reunion down in Soda Springs and decided I would try to do a little carp fishing while in the area.   As I pulled up to the lake and got out and looked around the carp were everywhere.  I rigged up the 8 wt with 0x tippet and threw on a trusty San Juan worm.  I found myself a tailing carp out of the hundreds to pick from and it didn’t take to long for the action to begin.  I only stayed and fished for about 45 minutes because I had a few other waters I wanted to scout out, but I made plans to return in a couple of days.  Well today was the day I went back with a couple of guys from the Big Fish Tackle online fishing forum.  The conditions were a lot different than I was expecting.  Wind was blowing hard and the water was very off color in comparison to Saturday.  The water had also risen over a foot and the fish were feeding right on the bank, too close at times to even cast to.   Despite the poor conditions, we were able to land a few fish.  The fly of the day was the San Juan worm once again.  I ended up catching five or six total.   The numbers weren’t there for me today but a couple were pretty decent sized fish.  Hopefully next time the conditions will be a little bit more conducive to catching good numbers of fish.

In Between Hatches

The Salmon flies have officially been finished in the lower Henry’s Fork for a good week and a half now and the fishing has changed a little bit.  There have been a few PMD’s in the air and even some flavs beginning.  A few golden stones are flying around here and there as well but overall the fish haven’t been looking up to the surface too much lately.  Water levels have been up and down for a while now and the past couple of days are the first few days of stability in a while.  With the fluctuating levels, nymphing with san juan worms has been deadly.  As the levels are beginning to stabilize nymphing in your standard trout holding water has picked up quite a bit.  Fishing with streamers has also been very effective on the overcast days we have been having.  I’ve even been picking up a few fish swinging streamers in the flats again.  It should be any time now that the bugs really start popping and the hatches are on for the summer.  In the mean time I’ll keep nymphing and try to pick up some more nice Henry’s fork fish.  I had one evening about a week back that the fishing was on fire.  Nearly every time my san juan worm hit the water the fish were nailing it.  I ended up landing seven fish total, the smallest being 15″ but the rest averaging around 20″.  A couple nights ago I was also able to hook into a few really nice fish swinging streamers but only managed to bring one to hand.  As the flows continue to stablize and weather gets warmer things will only continue to pick up.

Salmon Fly Time!

Salmon flies are here on the Henry’s Fork.  The last two nights they have been crawling and last night there were a ton flying.  Tuesday night a couple friends and I floated the Ora to Vernon stretch and all managed to catch a few fish, the biggest being a 23″ brown (not caught by me).  I managed a couple decent rainbows and a bunch of huge whitefish as well.  Last night is when the bugs really started crawling.  I fished in the Warm River to Ashton stretch and bugs were everywhere!  I started with a salmon fly dry dropping a rubber legs and managed on white fish on the nymph.  After no luck for a little while I switch to a double rubber leg rig and hooked up quite quickly.  I ended up catching six or so nice fat fish, the biggest being a 19″ brown.  Unfortunately the weather has taken a turn for the worse today, but it should be back on again tomorrow!