Spring Break

I am officially finished with school and on “Spring Break” for the next two weeks.  The weather lately has certainly felt very spring like.  The beginning of April also marks the draining of the dry bed canal on the South Fork of the Snake River.  It is an annual event that draws a lot of the locals out.  It is one of the few times you can have a chance at catching a lot of nice sized fish with fairly little effort.  The water comes so low that it creates pools and the fish become trapped.  It is also one of the few times that I will keep fish that I catch on the fly rod.  Its a shame to see so many great fish go to waste.  This year the water was drained on Sunday, a day that I don’t fish on.  That made it a little harder to catch the fish because a lot of them had already been picked off.  By the end of the day we ended up with three browns and a cutthroat.  I also spooked three moose when I was walking down to the river.  I don’t know who was more scared, me or the moose.  It’s that time of year to be extra careful because most of the moose will have a calf or two with them.  I was happy when they decided to turn into the bushes and take off.

Today I headed out with Chris and Gabe again hoping for some dry fly action.  Gabe got into a lot of fish yesterday during a big caddis hatch.  It wasn’t to be had today.  The water had come up, was off color, and it was quite a bit colder than it was a couple days ago.  We all managed to catch a few fish but nothing too huge.  The weather couldn’t have been any better and the scenery is hard to beat.  The colors on the wild rainbows are pretty hard to beat too.

South Fork of The Snake Today

I fished the SF of the Snake this morning with my friends Kyle and Gabe.  Gabe had to get to class by 11:00 AM so we started out pretty early.   By 8:00 AM we were on the water and it was still pretty chilly. We were cleaning ice off the guides every few casts for the first little while until it started to warm up. The fishing wasn’t too fast but we ended up with a few browns and a whitefish. Not too bad for a couple hours on a pretty cold morning.  Most of the browns were between 14″- 16″, with one dinky guy.  Most of the fish were caught in pretty slow water on a rubber legs.  The  first three browns were caught out of the same slot within the same 10 minute period as well. It was my first time out on the open water in a while and I am looking forward to spring quite a bit now and not having to clean the ice off my guides. I think the higher flows on the South Fork have been helpful to the fish this winter. Most of the fish I have been catching are fat and healthy compared to last winters skinny browns. I also think it’s crazy how much each fish’s appearance can vary from one another even though they are in the same river system.  The first one I caught had a lot of Gold and a normal amount of red spots.  The second one wasn’t quite as gold, but its spots had some great color.  The third one had very little spots at all almost had a blue tint to it.  As I was leaving I also saw a few bald eagles sitting in a tree waiting for an easy meal to swim by.

Fall 2011

Fall consisted of a lot of fishing, hunting, and transitioning into college.  I spent most of my days in the fall on the South Fork of the Snake River near Heise, Idaho.  Most days there were plenty of whitefish and plenty of browns.  I was lucky to catch a lot of nice SF rainbows this fall as well.  Henry’s lake had fish stacked on the shore and it seemed unfair how easy the fishing was.  As fall went on and hunting season came along, I transitioned into my search for deer.  I hunted the river bottoms almost every day of the season and on the last day was able to bag a doe.  College came around and my time was turned to school rather than fishing.  Fall ended with another trip out to the Star Valley Trout Ranch and I was rewarded with a great rainbow trout.