A Face Only A Mother Could Love

A couple of days ago I headed out in search of some more dry fly action.  It was supposed to get pretty warm in the afternoon and I figured some more caddis would be going off.  I got to the river around 11:00 AM and didn’t see very many bugs flying around and I didn’t see any fish up top.  I started off nymphing with a stonefly nymph and a Glo bug.  I picked up the first fish of the day pretty quickly.  A healthy and wild rainbow trout.  This one had spots everywhere!

Egg Eating Rainbow Trout

I continued fishing the same spot for another 45 minutes or so and picked up a few more fish, mostly on the egg pattern but occasionally on the stonefly nymph.

Rainbow Trout Love Stonefly Nymphs!

This Little Rainbow Still Has His Parr Marks

I decided it was time to move and worked up river to a spot I hadn’t been to for nearly a year.  I continued to catch quite a few fish for the next couple of hours and finally hooked into a brown trout.  All I had been catching up to that point was rainbows and whitefish.

An Egg Eating Brown Trout

Close up

I continued to work my way up river and got into a flat where the suckers were spawning.  Sucker fish sure are ugly but they put up a pretty good fight compared to little trout I had been catching.  I think they fall into the category of, “Having a face only a mother could love”.  However, they do have some pretty cool looking eyes, full of different colors.  If only they would fight like a carp, then they might be worth chasing!

A Face Only a Mother Could Love

Crazy Eyes

It was finally starting to warm up a little and some caddis were starting to come off fairly regularly.  Eventually a few fish started rising as well.  I decided it was time to head back down to some good dry fly water.  As I worked my way back downriver I noticed more and more fish rising with the further I got downstream.  I decided it was time to switch to a dry set up.  I put on a stimulator and dropped a little olive elk hair caddis off the back of it.  I started picking up feisty little rainbows pretty quickly.

An Average Rainbow Trout for the Day

I continued to work my way downriver and picked up fish the whole way.  Most took the Elk Hair Caddis but there was also and occasional taker on the Stimulator.  Eventually it started to get really windy.  The fish were still rising  but it became extremely difficult to get my fly out to where they were.  It was another great day out on the water.

Footballs and Caddis Flies

I could tell it was going to be a great day of fishing when I hooked into fish on every one of my first three casts.  It seemed that as the day went on the fish got bigger.  I hooked into a couple today that were over 20″ but as luck would have it they slipped the hook.  It was still a lot of fun having them on the line for a minute.  The fish are in great shape right now and fat like footballs.  The rest of the day continued to be very productive and between Kyle and I, we brought in over 60 fish.  Since we were fishing barbless we lost a lot as well.  I even landed my first Cutthroat Trout on the Henry’s Fork.  Later in the day we headed off to another river and got into a great caddis hatch.  The fish weren’t very big but they were plentiful and it was exciting to get some fish on top water.  It looks like the warm spell is coming to an end and its back to normal spring time weather here in Idaho.    Its not often you can fish in a T-shirt when there is still three feet of snow on the ground.  The past couple of weeks have been some of the best fishing that I have had all year.

A Healthy Henry’s Fork Rainbow

A Football Of A Trout

Another Healthy Rainbow Trout

A Little Skinnier Than The Rest

Great Colors

Kyle With a Rainbow Trout

Kyle With Another Rainbow Trout

A Little Brown Trout

My First Cutthroat Trout From The Henry’s Fork

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Rainbow Trout Close Up

 

Egg Eaters

Since I spent most of  yesterday fishing, I thought it would be a good idea to have a little less “Play time” today and do some work.  While working this morning, my friend sent me a text and told me he had been catching some sucker fish.  Normally, I don’t get too excited about fishing for suckers but I could tell from the picture that they were spawning.  When sucker fish spawn they actually look pretty neat.  They get really solid, dark stripe down their lateral line and their colors pop out much more than normal.  More importantly, I know that big trout like to follow spawning suckers and munch on their eggs as they float by.  I arrived at the river a little after 5:00 PM and noticed the spawning suckers everywhere.  I started casting an egg pattern in hopes of hooking into a nice trout.  Around 5:30 PM I hooked into my first fish and brought in a good sized cutthroat.

I continued fishing the same stretch of river for the next hour and picked up one more cutthroat.  I decided to head upriver and try a new spot I checked out a couple days ago.  The first spot I wanted to try was taken by a couple of people fishing already so I headed up above them.  I ended up pulling out a little whitefish pretty quickly.

I kept fishing and picked up another cutt and a couple more whitefish.  It started getting cold and dark so I decided it was time to call it a day.  Im headed back up to the Henry’s Fork tomorrow with Kyle and am looking forward to a great day of fishing.