Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Finally...Some Fishing

The high water is finally starting to recede from Idaho's non tailwater streams and rivers. I have gone twice to the Blackfoot River and although the water has been exceptionally high and fishing slow, I did catch a few beautiful cutthroat trout. On opening day a caught a total of 2 fish but one was a beautiful 21 incher. Last week I caught 8-10, with four over 17 inches. My dad caught two over 18 inches. So even though fish have been few and far between the overall size of the fish has been excellent.

Oh...the hoppers are starting to come out. Can't wait for a glorious August and September of flyfishing!

All the big fish hit black or brown wooly buggers with bead heads.




The L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing
Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die
Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho (Flyfisher's Guides)

5 comments:

Mick Flanigan said...

I wanted to ask you if you had advice for an Oregonian heading to SLC if you had a recommendation for location on the Blackfoot river. I noticed in your images from July 20th, the river banks were quite green. Other images I find are quite desert like and not much cover from the hot sun. Were you above or below the reservoir? Also i read your post about the grasshopper patterns you loved, but you didn't get back to us with the specific pattern. Can you let me know?

Cindy said...

Beautiful fish and a great blog. Could you tell me where are some good access areas for the Blackfoot River? Thanks!
Cindy

Mark Petersen said...

The Stocking Ranch (headwaters) and the Monsanto Property

Mick Flanigan said...

We fished the narrows, upstream from the lake. Fisherman access there, and nice area.

Mark Petersen said...

Always above the reservoir. The lower river in my opinion is just a big muck pit.

The pattern is a gray-tan foam hopper with brown hackle through the ribs, deer hair wing, fold the foam over the deer hair to form the head and bug legs of the appropriate size. Sizes 8-12 work best. A florescent green indicator is helpful too.

If I ever get my act together I will post a picture.

Good luck with the fishing!