I love this video. Few things are funner than getting a trout to eat some kind of crazy fly. In this case…a baby rattlesnake. Love it!
Adam Eakle, (Roughin’ It Outdoors) has a nice profile on bonneville cutthroat brood stock management in Little Dell and Mountain Dell reservoirs. Looks like there are some pretty nice trout in there. Wish I could embed the video, but instead check out the link:
The Kreelex is a successful pattern for trout. I have fished it on the Snake and Green Rivers, both with success. The audio on this isn’t so great.
From This is Fly Daily
Howdy everyone. It’s been a while since my last post. I have had my nose to the grindstone for the last 11 months as a self-employed consultant and working on a couple of other businesses to boot. The one I am most excited about called Goat Head Gear is getting closer to reality. My business partner and I have been working hard on our first product, a small shoe screw for trail running and wading, called Sole Spikes™. You can apply the screw into the lug of any running shoe, hiking boot, or wading shoe, generally about 10 screws per shoe. They provide AMAZING traction in winter/trail running and provide some real bite when wading, particularly with the newer rubber soled boots. We started this process over a year ago and have been refining our design and working with engineers to get a killer product at a great price. We are working on the first real prototype to be completed in the next 2-3 weeks. If that is successful we will start the process of officially launching our product. The cool news is that we are introducing our product as a project on Kickstarter.com where we will be using “crowd funding” to help pay for our initial costs. We have some nice thank you gifts for those who are kind enough to donate. We hope to have that live in the next couple of weeks. Please stay tuned for updates and of course it would be great to have your support on the campaign. Check it out today. Enjoy!
This is a great post on the Utah on the Fly forums with some nice how to video on some unique fly patterns. Check it out and get out fishing soon.
Fly Fishing Utah – The Utah Fly Fishing Resource
via Strawberry Fodder.
It’s always hard to post the last day of a trip partly because of how busy life gets when you are back and partly because I think it is hard to admit that the trip is finished. Well, this trip ended with a bang. After 2 days of beating the water into a lather with not many fish to show for it, we headed to the Snake River for a shot at redemption…and we found it. After picking up our licenses, we hit the river about 9:30 AM. We decided that our best hope lay at the Wilson Bridge. There is a great shelf at the foot of the bridge that we fished for about an hour getting chases on streamers and landing a few smaller trout on a dry and dropper rig.
I set out up stream and immediately found some amazing water and saw that there was a healthy green drake hatch underway, so I switched to an olive wulff and a beadhead PT dropper. The results were nearly instant. I hooked and landed a nice 16″ cutthroat and then another about 12″ inches long. I walked the bank and cast nearly straight upstream and found the fish within about 1-6′ from the bank. I next hooked a little whitefish on the dropper. Another hundred yards upstream I got a HUGE trout to take my fly, but somehow my knot came undone and I broke him off. What a bummer. I kept on with a few more fish in the 10-12″ range.
Paul and I met up again and found another monster shelf that we worked for the next 2 hours. I caught 4 fish in the 15-plus inch class including the beauty pictured above, a 20″ Snake River Finespot cutthroat. I was throwing my bugs up about 5 feet above the shelf and let the flies drift over the edge. These fish rose from the depths and deliberately took my hoppers without hesitation. Combined I think we caught about 10 fish from this run. It was amazing.
We moved on to another run where there were dozens of fish feeding voraciously on the surface. These guys were a little smaller and were avoiding our hoppers as they were keyed in on smaller bugs. I thought, “what the heck” and tied on a classic standby, a #14 renegade and fished it dry. This got them to rise and we landed several fish from this run.
This was an epic Snake River day and a reminder of why I LOVE that river. The water is crystal clear, weed free, and full of healthy, willing trout. There is something about seeing these large fish rise up from about 6-8 feet deep to take your fly. Definitely a day that won’t soon be forgotten as I get back to work! Check out the rest of the photos below.
|7th Annual OOF Day 3|
Today was another SLOW fishing day with a lot of walking and casting. We started out on the Henry’s Fork in Box Canyon. I hooked into a pretty big trout that unfortunately I didn’t land. I landed a couple of little fish. One big drawback was that the water was milky and made it tough to see what was going on. On the plus side there was a tremendous hatch of mahogany duns, blue winged olives, and caddis, but it didn’t really seem to get the fish looking up. We had fun watching an osprey fishing and saw some other cool birds.
We decided to move to the Madison and see if we could do any better. The water there was really nice and I was able to land a nice brown trout on a little bead head pheasant tail I was dropping behind an elk hair caddis. Paul hooked and flung way may be the smallest trout ever taken on a fly. It was smaller than my index finger (see the web album link.” Thankfully the scenery and company makes up for the very slow fishing.
|7th Annual OOF Day 2|
Thisisflydaily.com recently posted a you tube video showing a French guy landing an absolutely monstrous brown trout on a fly rod. The thing is ridiculously huge. What I can’t figure out is why during the entire video, the guy is losing his waders until they are eventually around his ankles. Thankfully he is wearing some swimming trunks. Video below:
My good friend’s production company recently produced a video for the new Toshiba product called the Libretto (links here and here). He wanted to put some fishing photos in part of the demo so he borrowed a few from my collection. You’ll notice from :15-:20 a photo gallery with three fishing themed images. The images are the brown trout, me standing on a log in front of the Tetons, and a group of buddies I fished with recently, I don’t know who the bikini girl is, she certainly wasn’t fishing. I guess this 5 seconds will be deducted from my overall 15 minutes of fame budget. Hopefully that leaves me enough time to still do something awesome. Click for the full video: