I went and fished the annual circus up at Henry’s lake for the opener this past weekend and had a great time. I worked from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM so I didn’t make up to the lake and into the water until 7:30! Despite showing up so late I managed to rope quite a few fish. I started out throwing an egg under an indicator dropping a midge but I kept snagging fish that were swimming into my flies. Its not that much fun foul hooking fish so I switched it up and put on an olive leech. Slowly stripping it along the bottom was deadly. I ended up bringing in 30 fish or so, the biggest around 23″. I fished into the dark and by the end I had the whole lake to myself 🙂
Recently I had the great opportunity to go and fish a private fishing ranch over in the Star Valley, Wyoming area. The ranch is located in Idaho but you have to travel over to Wyoming and the drive back in to Idaho. To say the least, the fishing was phenomenal. I landed over 40 fish and they all averaged around 17″ with some pushing 30″ or bigger. Most of the fish were caught on egg patterns and san juan worms and it was all sight fishing. The pictures tell the story much better than I ever could. I can’t wait to make my way back over again!
With the warmer weather and rain most of the rivers have been running fairly high. For the most part, most rivers have been quite difficult to wade. Lucky for me I have been able to find a great little river that has been producing plenty of fish on a very regualr basis, high or low water. It is not a river known for having very big fish but there is the occasional lunker. I have fished it nearly every day for the past couple weeks and have caught at least one decent fish each time. This river has a healthy population of rainbows and browns in the section I was fishing, as well as plenty of whitefish. Fish average 10″-12″ but 15″ fish are not uncommon and you can even land the occasional 20″+. My biggest on the river so far was a 21″ rainbow. This post is a couple weeks late but that is because I didn’t want the whole place to get rushed since it was literally one of the only rivers you could fish during runoff and I had most of the place to myself!