It’s been a busy summer so I haven’t posted for a while. Mary Ann and I recently took a 3 week trip to Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho for some fantastic fly fishing. I’ll share some photos from Savery Creek, Wyoming in this post. Savery Creek is a very large working cattle ranch in central Southern Wyoming. They have 18 miles of private trout water on their ranch. And, they put strong limitations on the numbers of guests staying at the lodge so the water doesn’t get overfished. First, Savery Creek is a very small tail water, populated with big rainbows, a few browns, and a few tiger trout. Most of our fish were between 14″ and 20″. All their fishing is guided, and our guides, Bryce and Matt, did a fantastic job. We fished 4 days on the ranch, and never put on a subsurface fly….everything was dry fly fishing, mostly with cicadas, hoppers, ants, and some smaller mayflies and caddis. Mary Ann and I both fished 5 wt bamboo fly rods. Fishing was great, the lodge was great, and the meals were great. All in all, we had a fantastic time and are hoping to get back there next year. Here are a few photos:
Mary Ann and I were in Utah last week attending the Wasatch Fly Fishing Expo for a few days with our good friend, John, from Colorado. We extended our stay so we could fish the Middle Provo River in Heber City. Although it was in the low 40’s and raining, fishing was a blast with browns rising to midges and BWOs all day. It made for some great dry fishing. Our friend John was new to fly fishing so we put him on 9′ 0″ 5 wt Winston graphite rod. I fished my 8′ 0″ 5 wt bamboo and Mary Ann fished her 7′ 9″ 4 wt bamboo. Here are a couple of photos of our time on the Middle Provo.
On our trip back from Utah last week, Mary Ann and I couldn’t resist stopping on the Owyhee River for a couple of hours to fish. It was a blustery, overcast day but we knew the fish were there. Mary Ann fished her 7′ 9″ 4 wt Signature Series Bamboo rod, and I choose my 9′ 0″ 3 wt Bamboo EuroNymphing rod. There was no visible surface activity, but we knew from previous trips, the big Owyhee River browns usually like small midges and baetis nymphs. An Olive #20 Baetis nymph fished towards the bottom proved to be a good fly choice for the afternoon, and we got into a handful of very nice fish in the 16″ to 22″ range. Here are a few photos from our afternoon:
#20 Olive Baetis Nymph
Mary Ann putting a good bend in her 4 wt bamboo rod
Mary Ann and I just got back from a week in Utah where we attended the Wasatch Intermountain Fly Fishing Show, and fortunately, we were able to get a little fishing in also. We spent a day on the Green River with Brett Renard of Western Rivers Flyfisher Guides. Brett is a great guide, extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and upbeat about our fly fishing day. And, to top that off, we caught some very nice browns that were rising to the BWO hatch. I fished an 8′ 0″ 6 wt Signature Series Bamboo Rod and Mary Ann fished her 8′ 0″ 6 wt FreeStone Series Bamboo Rod that she built last year. I had only heard about the Green River, but what a beautiful sight. Crystal clear water flowing through beautiful deep canyon cliffs. Here are a couple of photos from our day.
Occasionally, I find the time to build a new rod for myself. I recently completed an 8′ 0″ 5 wt medium progressive action rod for me, and Mary Ann and I got out on the Metolius River for 2 hours for some casting…and possibly catching! I took my new rod, and she took our her new 7′ 9″ 4 wt that she just finished building. Her rod was a mate to mine, just a little shorter and lighter.
Winter fishing on the Metolius River can be slow sometimes, and although there were a few mayflies coming off, we only managed a couple of smaller rainbows. But the rods were amazing to cast, perfect actions for the Metolius River and small dry flies. Here are a few photos:
Getting ready to hit the Metolius River with our new rods.
A nice tight loop for Mary Ann.
A colorful little 9″ rainbow that took my #18 Purple Comparadun dry fly.