Monday, July 20, 2015

Fishing Report - Blackfoot River

This last Friday, after being rained out of a float trip on Wyoming's Green River, I fished on Idaho's Blackfoot River with my dad. The fishing was amazing and we caught around 30 fish with an average size of 18". I landed the biggest cutthroat that I have ever caught - a 25" - 5lb cutthroat. I was by myself when I landed this fish so the picture doesn't really show the size of this fish. The second picture is of a 22" cutthroat that I caught right before the big one. Here are the pictures for comparison:

Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout
25" Cutthroat Trout

Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout
22" Cutthroat Trout

Fishing was so good that we were catching multiple trout in the + 20" size in the same run which is pretty rare on the Blackfoot River.

We also lost 15+ fish in the 18-24" range. The trout were really aggressive and when hooked they would take off downstream, jump out of the water, and fight like crazy.

The hot flies for the day were woolly buggers. Black woolly buggers with a peacock hearl, green body or orange body, with some crystal flash in the tail and bead heads were the best flies. Fly sizes ranged from 4-12. There was a huge BWO hatch on so I also caught some smaller fish on a BWO pattern. The bigger fish didn't even look at the BWO's.

Surprisingly we also caught quite a few pure rainbows in the 18-22" size. This is the first year in a long time that we have seen pure rainbows in the Upper Blackfoot River. Here is a picture of one of the rainbows:

Rainbow Trout

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Blackfoot River Fly Fishing Videos

Here are a couple of videos of my dad hooking into a couple beautiful Cutthroats:

Blackfoot River Fly Fishing Report - July 1

The heat wave pummeling Southeast Idaho took its toll on fly fishing on the Blackfoot River as the day wore on but early in the day, fishing was excellent. My dad and I each caught around 10 fish with the super majority of fish in the 16-20" range. I lost a couple of fish and nipped a few more that were in the 20" + range. Although we didn't catch a lot of fish, the overall size of fish was above average for the Blackfoot River.

Here's a couple of photos of the cutthroats we caught yesterday:

Idaho Fly Fishing

Idaho Fly Fishing

We caught the majority of the fish on black bead head wooly buggers and bead head prince nymphs. Later in the morning I started catching some big fish on blue damsel flies. Even with low water the fly fishing was great on the Blackfoot River. Surprisingly, I also caught a pure 18" rainbow trout - the first rainbow I have seen on the Blackfoot in years.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Warm River Fishing Report

This last Saturday, I went fishing on the Warm River in Island Park, Idaho near the Bear Gulch area. It was a beautiful day and the fishing on Warm River was above average. There was little fly activity but I ended up catching 15+ fish and my dad caught 10+. I caught one brown, a few rainbows, and a whole bunch of mountain whitefish.

I kept a few of the whitefish and ate them for Sunday dinner. If it wasn't for all of the bones in whitefish, they would be an excellent meal because they taste good and are super tender.

The hot flies for the day were a double renegade and a beaded prince nymph fished with split shot above the first fly. We also caught a few on smaller adult stonefly.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Lemhi Mountain Range - Yellow Peak and Iron Creek Peak

Here are a couple of panorama's from the Lemhi Mountain Range in central Idaho home to the Lemhi River, Little Lost River, Hayden Creek, and lots of small streams:

Lemhi Mountains

Sawmill Canyon

Monday, August 11, 2014

Video - Blackfoot River Flyfishing

Here's a video of my dad catching a cutthroat on the Blackfoot River. Right after I quit filming he landed two in the 20" range. As usual my timing was imperfect at best.

Weekend Fishing - Blackfoot River Idaho

To celebrate my Father's birthday, we went fishing on Blackfoot River on Saturday. We caught probably 40+ fish between the two of us in about 5 hours. My dad hooked into two really nice 20+ inch cutthroats but lost them before I could get my act together and net them. He did land a couple in the 20" range and caught quite a few 6-12" cutthroats.

I landed one beautiful cutthroat - a 24" 4-5 pounder on a grasshopper fly that I skittered (my word for moving the fly across the surface of the water at the end of a run) across the water. He came up and drilled it on the surface. It was awesome to watch him come up and bust the grasshopper.

Here are some pictures of the big cutthroat:

yellowstone cutthroat trout

yellowstone cutthroat trout

No one fly was hotter than the other. We caught fish on bead head prince and hare's ear nymphs, various grasshopper patterns, and on a blue damsel fly.

Another awesome fishing day on the Blackfoot River.

Weekend Fishing Report - McTucker Ponds

Friday - McTucker Ponds

Friday was my son's birthday and for his birthday party we went fishing with the cousins to McTucker Ponds. They all caught quite a few little green sunfish and had a great time catching fish. The green sunfish at McTucker Ponds are all pretty small but it is a great place for kids to go and to catch a lot of fish.

Here are some pics: