Transition from Stanley, Idaho to Bend, Oregon

In a week, I will be leaving Central Idaho and headed to Central Oregon. I’m always a bit sad to be heading out of Stanley – but, this year I will be spending the remainder of September and October guiding for the Fly Fisher’s Place on the Deschutes and Crooked Rivers. So this makes my exit from Stanley easier.

As always the Central Idaho waters treat me well on some of my last days of the season fishing. This year is no exception. Dave and I fished west of Stanley today – in the Frank Church Wilderness. I can say we saw no-one or no car after we left the highway. No complaints from either of us.

To top off a beautiful early fall day – both of us were treated to some nice native west slope cutthroat trout.  

This beauty (fish of the day), took a size 14 lightening bug. I landed it on my 7 ½ foot 5 wt custom made bamboo rod by Dave. As you can imagine I could feel this fish in the cork! Gotta love fishing with bamboo.  

Yes - I was quite pleased to land this west slope cut throat

Yes – I was quite pleased to land this west slope cut throat

 

 

A close-up so you can get a better view of the colors and spots.

A close-up so you can get a better view of the colors and spots.

 

One last look! And Yes I am quite proud of this fish

One last look! And Yes I am quite proud of this fish

 I also am working on getting a little more artsy with some of my photography. I hope you enjoy.

 

Ok a little out of focus - but still a pretty fish

Ok a little out of focus – but still a pretty fish

 

The tail of Dave's west slope cutthroate - Check out the spots!

The tail of Dave’s west slope cut throat – Check out the spots!

Dave retying after losing a nice 19 inch rainbow..that he has landed on previous trips

Dave retying after losing a nice 19 inch rainbow..that he has landed on previous trips

 

And lastly – a view of the scenery – with vivid colors!

A little color added to splendid scene

A little color added to splendid scene

Bull Trout on a Bamboo Switch Rod

Dave and I ventured out on the Salmon River for a few hours on Wednesday. We were out to see if we could entice a west slope cutthroat trout to a swung fly and also to see how the bamboo switch rod performed. Well we weren’t able to entice any cutties, but it could be because the bull trout were very aggressive. As you can see from the photo’s the bamboo rod bends very progressively through the hole rod – allowing us to feel the fish in the cork. This is why bamboo is so cool – you can feel so much more of the take and play of a fish.

Check out the progressive bend on the bamboo as Dave plays the fish

Check out the progressive bend on the bamboo as Dave plays the fish

Check out how sweet the bamboo looks next to the bull trout

Check out how sweet the bamboo looks next to the bull trout

Check out the bend in the bamboo rod. There is nothing like feeling the fish all the way to the cork.

Check out the bend in the bamboo rod. There is nothing like feeling the fish all the way to the cork.

A safe release of a bull trout!

A safe release of a bull trout!

Salmon Fly Hatch on the Salmon River

I have been on the Salmon River in the last few days – and I am loving the Salmon Fly Hatch. I went to my favorite early season spot and was rewarded with a good number of fish. Check-out the 37 second video of me landing a West Slope Cut Throat Trout. Gosh these fish are pretty

Although the rivers are too high to float – there are places on the river to walk and wade. The fishing has been great in mid-morning and early afternoon. I expect that the river will be at a level to float around July 1, if not a few days sooner . The warm days should also warm the water and get even more bugs and fish active! In just the last few days I have seen an increase in bugs hatching and fish feeding on the surface. The most common bug was those huge Salmon Flies – an orange stimulator was the fly that the fish took on Saturday. I also some mayflies and caddis. I also got a few fish swinging a JJ Special – no bull trout YET!

And just in case you don’t know what a Salmon Fly looks like – check out the following photo.

Check out the Salmon Fly - no it doesn't bite!

If you’re interested in fishing contact me or Silver Creek Outfitters