It’s been a while since I’ve posted on my Blog…been fishing a lot this summer. Mary Ann and I spent 6 weeks fishing in Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado. In Oregon we fished the Owyhee River, in Idaho we fished the Salmon River, Marsh Creek, and Bear Valley Creek, In Wyoming we fished the New Fork River, Savery Creek, North Platte River, and Encampment River. In Colorado we fished the Frying Pan River, Yampa River, Service Creek, and the Poudre River. And, we used a variety of bamboo rods along the whole trip. Here are a few random photos from our “summer vacation”.
I hit my favorite small creek here in Central Idaho yesterday, Bear Valley Creek, to see if the fish would cooperate. It was a blustery day with high clouds and just a little sun. The bugs didn’t seem to like the wind, and I didn’t see a single fish rise all day. I saw a few Blue Winged Olives and Yellow Sallies flying around so I went surface with representative nymphs. In between the 12 or 14 whitefish I caught, I managed to pick up a few nice 15″ cutthroats. Here are a few photos from my day:
I was playing around with a few underwater fish pictures with my waterproof Olympus camera the other day. Usually when I try it, they don’t turn out very well. But, here are two that worked out quite nicely. I’m sure the clear water in Bear Valley Creek helped. Both cutthroats were about 15″ long, and took small nymphs drifted through shallow riffles.
I’ve had the opportunity to fish one of my favorite stretches of water on Bear Valley Creek near Stanley, Idaho over the past week. Bear Valley Creek offers spring creek like water for sizable cutthroats, smaller feisty brookies, a few rainbows, and whitefish. But, fishing there is not always beginner fishing 101….it often can be graduate level and very technical if you want to tempt the larger fish. Sometimes, you can’t seem to raise a fish, other times, you opportunistically catch a few isolated fish on a variety of dry fly patterns. But, occasionally the stars all align properly and you slay a big cutthroat like the one pictured below. But, its really all about getting out with a bamboo fly rod, an old Hardy reel, and experiencing a beautiful piece of water in total solitude…it’s not about the numbers of fish you catch.
Our summer season in Stanley, Idaho is nearing an end but we’ve still had a little time to get out and fish. Mary Ann and I hit a local spring creek, Bear Valley Creek, a few days ago. While you don’t normally get huge numbers of fish at Bear Valley, the ones you do get are often very nice. We picked up a few nice fish on hoppers, with small nymph droppers. Here is a shot of Bear Valley Creek, and two of the fish we caught.