Monday, August 22, 2005

Upper Blackfoot

Saturday morning my dad and I went to the Blackfoot river and had an amazing day of fishing. We caught probably 60+ fish between the two of us between 8-24". I landed one 24 inch cutthroat and a 22 inch cutthroat and lost a rainbow that was even bigger than the 24" cutt. A lot of the fish were in the 8-12" range but there was a fair number of larger fish as well. It was an awesome day. One to log into the memory books to be recalled whenever the big fish story rises to the occasion. We caught all the fish on bead-headed prince nymphs and hares ears; and hoppers (para hoppers with tan/cream/yellow bodies)

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Small Stream excellence

Two weekends ago I went to central Idaho for the weekend and spent some time fishing one of Idaho's gems - a small 'unnamed' mountain stream. After enduring a few thunderstorms, my father and I caught a few beautiful 10 inch cutthroats with vibrant colors. We also ran into a few steelhead smolt. The highlight of the trip was when I hooked into a 24+ inch trout in a deep hole amidst the dense pine-covered stream. We fought for about 20 minutes when after about a 30 yard run downstream in fast, brushy water, my line snapped. Thrill and dissappointment - everything a fly fisherman lives for and everything that keeps me going back for more every chance I get.