After having such a great time fishing the Henry’s Fork last Friday, I decided to give it another go on Saturday afternoon. This time I planned on hitting the lower river. When I showed up the fish were already rising pretty regularly. I got rigged up to throw dries and slowly worked my way towards the river. I watched a few of the fish rising and picked the one I wanted to work. Unfortunately, whatever fish was rising was not interested at all in what I had to offer. I continued to work at a few other risers but couldn’t get anything to take. There were so many bugs on the water and in the air it was hard to tell where my fly was. It has been months since I have thrown dries and I am still pretty rusty. After flailing the water for over an hour, I decided to head a little further up river. I rigged up to nymph and went at it. On my first cast I hooked up with what felt like a great fish. I pulled it closer and got a look and realized it was just a huge sucker fish. Somehow I had foul hooked it and this made it 10x harder than usual to land. I ended up chasing it downriver and eventually got it in. Although it was foul hooked, it was fun to have a fish on after no luck for a couple hours. I worked the river for a while but I couldn’t seem to pick anything up there either. I decided to try one last spot before calling it a day. On the way to the next spot I wanted to try I noticed some people fishing in a canal. I pulled over to see what they were up to and found that quite a few fish had been trapped in the canal. The fish were spooking real easy and they weren’t catching anything. After they left I decided I’d give it a go and try to get the skunk off. I threw out a Globug (egg fly) and ended up catching three and losing a few others. There were a couple really nice fish swimming around the canal with a lot of smaller ones mixed in. The best one I picked up was 18″. I decided since they were trapped any ways it would make a great lunch or dinner sometime in the next couple days.
I’ve really been wanting to get the float tubes out since all this warm weather has started and today I finally got around to doing it. I would really like to fish Island Park Reservoir but it is still frozen solid. Hopefully the edges will start opening up here in the next couple of weeks. We headed down south to where we knew we could find some open water. We arrived at the reservoir around 8:30 AM and were in the water and fishing by 9:00 AM. I couldn’t believe how many people were fishing there for a Monday morning. By the time we left, there had been over a dozen different people fishing, most from pontoons or float tubes. The fishing started off pretty slow. We didn’t even get a bite for the first hour and a half. Finally around 11:00 AM Kyle landed the first fish. It put up a great fight but you could tell it was a planter when he pulled it out of the water. It was missing some fins and had a real blunt nose. Quite a contrast to the wild rainbows we have been catching in the rivers lately.
We kept fishing for a few more hours and Kyle caught one more fish. Compared to the last few weeks, it was an extremely slow day of fishing. It was still great to get out and enjoy the sunshine and float around. I can’t wait for the reservoirs a little closer to home to ice out!