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My goodness, I haven’t been on the water for a few months!  To my credit – the fishing hasn’t been that great. So I decided to put my time to finishing up many computer projects.

I have been busy editing my instructional videos. You can see all of them under the Instructional Video Tab.

I also have been busy getting ready for the 2014 Fly Fishing Shows. I will be at the following shows teaching and giving casting demonstrations.

Dave and I will have booth for his  Finely Crafted Bamboo Rods – come by the Bamboo Pursuits booth and say hello! Of course, we’ll let you  cast some bamboo!

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

Awesome Fly Fishing Experience

Many anglers can related to the statement “Any time you are on the water it is a good day, regardless of the number or size of your fish”. However, any angler will tell you, it’s great to land a few fish! And then they will also mention there are days that will become one of the top 5 fishing days of a lifetime.

For first time anglers – many are happy when their fly line lands straight, they see a fish take their fly, and they land a fish! We all know how important it is to land a fish to get you hooked.

Now I need to preface my story, I met my anglers, Elle and John, at Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, as I arrived Elle’s mom told me that Elle had landed a 17 inch rainbow trout on the pond at IRMR, the evening before. I thought to myself, “This may be a tough day to beat last night’s fly fishing experience”.

Recently, I guided Elle and her father, John. For Elle it was her first time fly fishing a river and we were targeting rainbow trout and white fish! So you can imagine it was pretty cool when she landed the first fish she hooked into. Yes a nice mountain white fish. The day was made for her with that one fish.

 

First fish of the day!

First fish of the day!

 

Well, to our surprise in about 15 more casts – Elle hooked and lost one big fish. Elle and I never really got a chance to see what type of fish or how big it was. We continued fishing.  And then – we get a huge take and to our surprise it was a jack salmon that had taken her size 12 copper john. With some help, Elle landed the large jack salmon.  Yes one of those fish of a lifetime for any trout angler and Elle landed this on day one.

Second fish of the day

Second fish of the day

 

Releasing the jack salmon back to the river

Releasing the jack salmon back to the river

 We continued to fish – missed a few small trout and to our amazement – another big take. Yes, you’re right! Elle is one angler with good Karma – she hooked and landed a second jack salmon. Awesome!

Father &Daughter sharing the moment of releasing a wild jack salmon

Father & Daughter sharing the moment of releasing a jack salmon

 Now all anglers know this would rank as one of those top 5 fishing days of a lifetime. For now it is Elle’s best fly fishing day ever and in many years it will be one of her top 5 days fly fishing of a lifetime.   

As a guide, it was a thrill to be part of this experience with her. It clearly is one of my top 5 days on the water guiding. I  just wish this fishing karma was present every day – but we all know “Regardless of the number or size of the fish, any day is good day fishing”.

Floating the Salmon River

All anglers and guides are usually happy being on any water. However, most anglers and guides have a stretch of water they particurly like. For me it is the float from East Fork to Deadman’s. This stretch of water – has a great variety of structure to fish and a great variety of scenery. It drifts through a very desolate part of Central idaho – so not much visual polution or people pressure. To share a bit with you check out the following pictures.

These 3 photos were taken from the same spot. One looking upstream, another downstream, and then cross stream.

These 3 photos were taken from the same spot. One looking upstream, another downstream, and then cross stream.

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And a few shots of fish I landed this summer. Yes – I do enjoy to fish and guide.

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A bull trout and west slope cuttie I landed on the Salmon River

A bull trout and west slope cuttie I landed on the Salmon River

Oregonians on the Salmon River

I don’t typically post about anglers that I guide. But I am making an exception for this day with Chuck and Craig, with their permission. Thanks Chuck and Craig for a great day!

Last week, I had the pleasure guiding Chuck and his father-in-law, Craig. They did a short but successful trip to Stanley Idaho, to fish the Salmon and check-out the Sawtooth Mountains. Fortunately for them the river had finally cleared after a major thunderstorm had muddied up the water for 5 days. Yes – not fun, but the result of last year’s Halstead Fire and a flashflood on Basin Creek. Thank goodness that is behind us!

The day started a little rocky – with a few spins on the ‘dirt’ boat ramp – but once the truck was leveled out – it was a breeze to get up the ramp. The day was very breezy – unusual to have a breeze all day. However, this didn’t deter the fishing. We spent the morning fishing sub-surface and then the action turned to dry flies in the afternoon. I can’t remember the number of fish we landed but I do know we landed some good size west slope cutthroat trout and mountain white fish. And oh did I mention the rainbow that just took off downstream and the big cuttie that was inches from the net! Thanks Chuck and Craig for a great day on the water.

A bull trout - one of the gish that made Craig's Grand Slam

A bull trout – one of the gish that made Craig’s Grand Slam

Chuck with one of the nice size cutties we landed.

Chuck with one of the nice size cutties we landed.

A closer look at the cuttie!

A closer look at the cuttie!

Craig with one of his many cutties of the day

Craig with one of his many cutties of the day

Fly Fishing the Salmon River, Stanley Idaho

Dave and I arrived in Stanley on Sunday. On Monday we were already on the water. With the lower snow pack this year the river is already in shape to float. So of course we took advantage of that!

Expertly getting the boat in the water.

Expertly getting the boat in the water.

Given I would be doing most of the rowing I just assumed that Dave would get the first cuttie of the 2013 Summer. Much to my surprise it was me. All it took was rowing to the other side of the river from the boat ramp and grabbing the best water. As you can see in the next few photos this was a great west slope cutthroat.

Check out the bend in that bamboo rod

Check out the bend in that bamboo rod

Check out the colors on my cuttie!

Check out the colors on my cuttie!

Dave did get his share of cutties for the day!

One of Dave's many cutties for the day.

One of Dave’s many cutties for the day.

You may be wondering what fly was working? Well does the next picture answer that question?

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We saw plenty of salmon flies and golden stones flying around. In the morning we did the best on catching fish with sub-surface flies. It wasn’t till after lunch that the fish were looking up for the large dry fly imitations of the Salmon Fly and Golden Stone. When they started to look up – there were plenty of looks and a good number of the slow west slope cutthroat take.

Reading the Water

I recently created a presentation and video regarding Reading the Water & Covering it Effectively. There are many skills for an angler to master. Knowing how to read the water for possible trout lies and then effectively covering that section of water is key to increasing that catch rate. As an angler, I hope you learn something with the “Reading the Water” Slide Presentation and “Covering the Water” Video. Let me know how these movies helped your fishing results.

Reading the Water Slide Presentation

Covering the Water Video

Siletz River

Oh I live a great life! If I ever complain again shoot me!

Lou and I floated the Siletz River today, Dave was busy building bamboo rods! Thank you Lou! I so needed to get on the water, it has been way to long. Yes, 3 weeks not on the water is just too long.

Water level was about 5.5 and not a perfect Steelhead Green – a little brown tinge. TOMORROW SHOULD BE GREAT

Not a lot of action – but Lou and I landed a fish together on a egg pattern. I say both of us landed a fish as I left my net at home, not the smartest thing, but getting the wrinkles out for more winter steelhead fishing! Needless to say Lou hooked and played this steelhead and with a little Texas two step, I ended up landing it for him. So both of us were happy!

Great Colors on this Steelhead!

Fall River – November 2012

Dave and I fished the Fall River on Monday. We had amazing warm weather in the mid-sixties. The best part was being able to cast bamboo fly rods to rising fish. Nothing is more Fun! And this is why fly fish, even if the fish aren’t hogs!

Looking upstream

A bent - bamboo rod!

Not mighty - but check out the spots on this rainbow!

Not mighty - but check out the colors of this brown trout

Crooked River November 2012

Dave and I fished the Crooked River today and yesterday. The weather was absolutely amazing – not to mention the scenery. We had temperatures in the low 60’s and plenty of sun. It was hard to believe it was November.

The view while fishing the Crooked River

We pre-dominantly fished sub-surface using EuroNymphing Techniques with a 10 foot and 11 foot 3 wt Grey’s Streamflex. Both of us found using a sighter indicator verus a slinky to be more effective. At a CFS of about 55 this was the technique to use. Dave did dry fly fish today for a little bit. We got ton’s of fish in the 8 to 12 inch range sub surface. Flies that worked #18 BWO bubble back, # 16 Sparkle Caddis Pupa, #16 Double D, #16 My little Deschutes fly (pheasant tail with a purple thorax), #16 psycho mayfly, # 14 to #16 grey and light brown soft hackles, and a #14 green rock worm.

Not the biggest fish of the day - but also not the smallest!

Check out the colors!

Flies that worked on Sunday - similar flies worked on Monday!