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.

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

 

Who says you can’t catch fish during runoff?

With the warmer weather and rain most of the rivers have been running fairly high.  For the most part, most rivers have been quite difficult to wade.  Lucky for me I have been able to find a great little river that has been producing plenty of fish on a very regualr basis, high or low water.  It is not a river known for having very big fish but there is the occasional lunker.  I have fished it nearly every day for the past couple weeks and have caught at least one decent fish each time.  This river has a healthy population of rainbows and browns in the section I was fishing, as well as plenty of whitefish.  Fish average 10″-12″ but 15″ fish are not uncommon and you can even land the occasional 20″+.  My biggest on the river so far was a 21″ rainbow.  This post is a couple weeks late but that is because I didn’t want the whole place to get rushed since it was literally one of the only rivers you could fish during runoff and I had most of the place to myself!