When I think about my fishing experiences this past year, the first word that comes to mind is learning. Throughout this year, I was able to learn so many different things about fly fishing and how to become a better fly fisherman. I made a lot of great friends along the way and was lucky enough to find a few nice fish as well. This post is a little picture heavy ,but it consists of some of my most memorable catches of the year, as well as fish that helped me learn important lessons. Before I forget, a lot of these pictures were not taken by me and I want to make sure my friends get credit for their great photos.
I learned how rewarding throwing big meaty streamers can be
I caught my new personal best mirror carp. I also learned that carp can be caught very early in the year if you fish the right places.
I learned how fun and effective throwing eggs can be
I spent many days on the flats in search of carp and learned many new techniques
This is the most beautiful brown trout that I have ever caught in my life. The amazing colors a fish can have never cease to amaze me.
I landed my personal best cutthroat and learned that heavily pressured rivers can still put out some great fish
I landed my personal best brook trout and learned how hard they fight when they are bigger than 6″
I had the chance to fish with John from “Carp on the Fly” and Jim from “The Mr P Blog”. I learned from them that the carp we have in Idaho are far more aggressive than most carp elsewhere. I also learned that most people do not blind fish for them like we do.
I learned to always expect the unexpected. There are not supposed to be brown trout in the river this fish was caught.
I learned that big fish can be found in rivers that are only supposed to have little fish
I learned that summer evenings are a great time to throw streamers
I learned how useful a canoe can be for covering a lot of water in smaller rivers
I learned to never take myself too seriously. Fishing is all about having fun!
I learned how much harder it is to catch carp post spawn vs pre spawn. I also learned how much harder they fight during the middle of summer vs spring.
I learned that a girthy trout will fight much harder than a snaky trout
I learned that contrary to popular belief, spawning Kokanee Salmon can be caught on the fly rod. In fact, they love chasing down big streamers.
I learned that night fishing brings out the big boys
I learned that whitey’s need lovin’ too, especially the big ones
I landed my personal best brown trout. I learned that stinger hooks help solve the issues that short strikes can create.
I landed my first lake trout on the fly. I learned that they like flies that have some pretty crazy colors to them.
I caught my first ‘bow night fishing. I learned that a camera flash in the dark and a little excitement can lead to me making some pretty ridiculous faces.
I caught my personal best ‘bow. I learned that big fish can be caught and landed on little flies, even if it takes a little more effort.
I caught the biggest sucker fish I’ve ever seen in my life. I learned that even a sucker can’t resist the swing of a streamer.
I caught my first Salmon River steelhead. I learned that steel heading requires a lot of patience.
I learned to always carry a net with me when I decide to go exploring a good distance from whoever I’m fishing with
Another year has come and gone and I am already looking forward to what 2013 will have to offer. I’d like to thank everyone who follows and supports the blog. Have a safe and happy new year!