Back To The Grind

Today marks the beginning of a new semester of school and its back to the grind for me.  I managed to get a pretty decent schedule and will still have plenty of time to get out on the river (After my homework of course).  Knowing that I wouldn’t be able to get out as much for the next few weeks, I decided it would be fun to hit up the Henry’s Fork again yesterday.  I didn’t get to the river until 2:30 PM or so but I was just fine with that.  I’ve been able to go fishing so much in the past few weeks that I was perfectly fine with just a few hours.  I worked my way up to a spot I had been looking forward to try and wasn’t disappointed by the almost immediate results.  The fish are still continuing to key in on eggs and its no surprise at all.  The sucker fish are in full spawn right now and the rainbows are spawning and some are still staging up.  The fish are also taking stonefly nymph patterns pretty regularly.  It had been really windy and just kept getting windier.  I landed a few more rainbows and decided to call it a day around 5:30 PM.  Sorry I don’t have too many pictures.  I left the camera I usually use at home and ended up using the GoPro, which was really low on battery.

One Snakey Looking Brown Trout

A Spawned Out Rainbow Trout

I got out of class around 1:00 PM today and had a couple hours to kill before starting my homework.  My friend Gabe and I decided to stick closer to town since neither one  of us had much time to fish.  It took me a while to walk back from my classes but  we were out and on the water around 1:45 PM with high hopes.  The wind was blowing like crazy, but when isn’t it blowing in Eastern Idaho?  I find myself being grateful for the days the wind is only blowing 10-15 MPH.  The fishing started out a little slow but picked up in the end.  It is great to have so many different options of places to fish.  The first couple of runs didn’t yield any fish but as I worked my way upstream I found a great looking run.  I pulled out three fish, almost back to back.

A Healthy Cutthroat Trout

We fished the run for a little while more but didn’t catch anything else so we decided to head upstream.  That’s when I hooked into this better sized cutt.

Another Healthy Cutthroat (Sorry for the over the top straight arming)

Back In The River For Someone Else To Catch

Now for the best part of the day.  Like all fisherman, I am full of fish stories.  Lucky for me, I had a witness today (Thanks Gabe).  As we continued to work our way upstream we noticed a really nice trout feeding pretty regularly.  I threw out at him and he took the fly after a dozen or so casts.  I didn’t even realize how big he was until I set the hook.  This fish was a PIG.  He ran my line like crazy straight down river.  I continue the back and forth battle with him for at least five minutes.  Right when I would think he was finally worn out, he would start another powerful run.  I finally started to get him tired out and brought him in.  As we were getting ready to net him he rolled and somehow lodged my other fly (I was fishing tandem) into his tail.  When he straightened his body out again the line snapped and he was gone.  I was so close to landing what was easily the biggest cutthroat trout I have ever had on my line in my life.  He was at least 24″ and THICK.  He made the rest of the fish we had caught look small.  The good news is I know he is still in the river and still out there to be caught.  I have also found that my desire to go fishing is great motivation to getting my homework finished early.  Tomorrow it’s time to get back to the Henry’s Fork.

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.