One of my favorite things about Idaho is the diversity of fishing opportunities it has to offer. One day you can be out catching monster carp and the next you can be on a small stream in the middle of nowhere catching beautiful wild trout. This is pretty much the story of my weekend. Friday morning I headed out with a couple of friends to chase a few carp. I had been on a couple trips earlier in the year looking for carp but this one was looking the most promising. The weather had been warm for many days and was only supposed to get warmer. Carp fishing is also one of the few times that I am excited about having a little bit of wind. It chops the water up and makes the fish a little less wary. We eventually made it to the spot we wanted to fish and it was game on. I quickly rigged up and headed out to work the mud line where the fish were feeding. The fish were everywhere! On my second cast I hooked into my first carp of the day. It is crazy how hard of a fight a carp can put on an 8 wt. fly rod. Josh, Chris, and I were all pulled into our backing at some point in time during the day. The next few hours proved to be quite productive and it was by far my most successful carp hunt all year. We each landed a handful and lost a few as well. Towards the end of the day, Chris sight fished to a beast of a carp that was just sitting right up on the bank. As soon as he set the hook, the fish took off clear across the river and pulled him into his backing. Sight fishing to monster fish is what carp fishing is all about. It was Josh’s first time fly fishing for carp and he did great too. Fly fishing for carp is definitely addicting and I can’t wait to get back out and chase a few. Also, Thanks to Chris for all the great pictures. Be sure to check out both Chris and Josh’s blogs at http://www.manyafish.blogspot.com and http://www.centralpatroutbum.blogspot.com
A Hefty Common Carp
Another Commom Carp (Photo courtesy of Chris at http://www.manyafish.blogspot.com)
Josh With A Nice Common Carp (Photo courtesy of Chris at http://www.manyafish.blogspot.com)
Chris With The Best Fish of The Day (Photo courtesy of Chris at http://www.manyafish.blogspot.com)
This Picture Pretty Much Sums up the Day (Photo courtesy of Chris at http://www.manyafish.blogspot.com)
Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, Idaho has a lot of diversity. My brother in law recently expressed some interest in learning how to fly fish. A small creek not too far from here immediately came to mind. My friend Josh also enjoys fishing creeks and we were happy to have him tag along with us. We arrived at the creek around 1:30 and were fishing by 2:00 PM. It didn’t take long for Parker to start getting into fish even though he was just learning. One of my favorite thing about fishing small creeks is all the wild trout that they have to offer. The colors on wild trout certainly make up for their small size. In the end we landed over 100 between the three of us and enjoyed one of the many beautiful creeks that Idaho has to offer.
Most Fish Were More Than Willing To Take a Dry
A Wild Brookie
Parker and One of His First Fish Ever on The Fly Rod
A Couple Of Sand Hill Cranes
When we got back to Rexburg we still had about an hour of daylight that we could fish so we decided to hit the Nature Park. We each picked up a few average sized planters and I also ended up landing a pretty nice rainbow. I decided to keep him for dinner tonight. The strangest part of all is that when I filleted him out he was a very deep orange, almost like a salmon. Something that I would have never suspected of a fish living in the Nature Ponds. I know that I will be keeping more of the nice sized fish from there in the future because this one tasted great!
A Great End To The Day