Last Friday our group of 4 caught over 30 fish on the Upper Blackfoot River. It wasn't the best day but each of us caught one fish over 20". My sister-in-law landed a 23 inch Cutthroat. Regretfully we didn't have a camera at that moment.
The Blackfoot River was a low for this time of year but the fishing was ok. I caught 6 cutthroats - one 21", 2 16", and the rest were 8-10". I lost a couple of nice fish too. The best news....no carp!! Last year carp were everywhere but it looks like the carp trap is back in the river and doing its job.
Black and red/orange bead head woolly bugger (size 4)
Bead Head Hair's Ear (size 14)
Bead Head Prince Nymph (size 14)
A white Thingamabob (yes I had numerous trout try to take my strike indicator!)
Hopefully over the next few weeks we will see the blue damselflies and some other fly hatches.
Here is the 21" cutthroat caught on a black and red woolly bugger (size 4) (same pic/different angle):
I had to go to Salmon, Idaho for work and on the way back to Pocatello I stopped at Birch Creek for a few hours of fishing. I caught a lot of fish but they were all little (sometimes very little!). The biggest fish I caught was a 10" Rainbow.
Dodging soaking thunderstorms was the name of the game on Stump Creek this last Friday. In between some drenching thunderstorms, fishing was quite good. Between three fisherman, we caught over 40 fish and missed a lot more. Most fish were in the 8-10" class but we caught around 15 that were 12" +. I caught around 20 fish - one 18" brown and the rest were cutthroat. A really nice 18" snapped my line.
The top flies today were black woolly buggers (size 4-6). Woolly buggers that had a bead head, and were black with red, orange, and purple were the best. We also caught quite a few on bead head hairs ears and prince nymphs (size 14-16). A small mayfly hatch was starting to come on but the 1" of rain in 30 minutes put a hold on the hatch.
Stripping the woolly bugger or allowing it to drag at the end of the hole seemed to provide the best action.
Below are pics of a 18" Brown caught in a deep hole under a willow bush and a nice 14" cutthroat.
Stump Creek was still a little high for quality fishing. On Friday night I caught one little whitefish on a bead head hare's ear but other than that the fishing was dead (which may have been due to my lack of skills not the fishing). There were no fly hatches on the river yet. The weather turned nasty on Saturday with rain, wind, and cold so I trip ended early. Stump Creek will be great in a few more weeks once the water recedes to more normal flows.