Happy New Year…Ya Filthy Animal

Happy  New Year!  I thought I’d celebrate by ringing in the New Year the best way I know how…fishing!  Eastern Idaho is notorious for having sporadic and at times extreme weather.  One day will be clear and sunny, and the next will be a complete whiteout with 60+MPH winds.  You never know what your going to get in Eastern Idaho, so it is always important to plan accordingly.  New Year’s week happened to have some of the strangest weather I’ve experienced in a while.  Wednesday was extremely foggy, Thursday offered beautiful blue bird skies, temps in the mid 30’s, and very light winds.  Perfect conditions for winter fishing.  Friday was almost unbearably windy.  In fact, it was windy enough that many parts of the river were running upstream.  60 MPH winds tend to do that.  Saturday was bitter cold and once again, very windy.  Although fly fisherman might complain about less than desirable conditions, the fish never really seem to care how nasty it is out.  If this past week is a sign of things to come, I think it’s safe to say 2014 is going to be another phenomenal year.  Here’s a few pics of some of my favorite fish from the week.

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Second fish of the New Year

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Pixelated Selfie

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Velociraptor Trout

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Beautiful Wild Rainbow/Cutthroat Hybrid

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One Hander

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First Two-Footer (plus a little) of the Year!

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Another Crappy Selfie

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Last Fish of a Brutally Windy Day

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My Favorite Fish of the Week