I am officially finished with school and on “Spring Break” for the next two weeks. The weather lately has certainly felt very spring like. The beginning of April also marks the draining of the dry bed canal on the South Fork of the Snake River. It is an annual event that draws a lot of the locals out. It is one of the few times you can have a chance at catching a lot of nice sized fish with fairly little effort. The water comes so low that it creates pools and the fish become trapped. It is also one of the few times that I will keep fish that I catch on the fly rod. Its a shame to see so many great fish go to waste. This year the water was drained on Sunday, a day that I don’t fish on. That made it a little harder to catch the fish because a lot of them had already been picked off. By the end of the day we ended up with three browns and a cutthroat. I also spooked three moose when I was walking down to the river. I don’t know who was more scared, me or the moose. It’s that time of year to be extra careful because most of the moose will have a calf or two with them. I was happy when they decided to turn into the bushes and take off.
Today I headed out with Chris and Gabe again hoping for some dry fly action. Gabe got into a lot of fish yesterday during a big caddis hatch. It wasn’t to be had today. The water had come up, was off color, and it was quite a bit colder than it was a couple days ago. We all managed to catch a few fish but nothing too huge. The weather couldn’t have been any better and the scenery is hard to beat. The colors on the wild rainbows are pretty hard to beat too.