When Mary Ann was guiding the Salmon River in Idaho a few years ago, there was one particular stretch of river she called “The Gnarly Zee’s” because of all the rocks in the river. The current flow wasn’t fast, but the rocks required some tricky navigation of the drift boat to get through without hanging up or hitting the rocks. Here is a fun video of Mary Ann rowing us through that section.
I’ve been out on the Salmon River this week with my 10′ 6″ 5 wt hollow-built switch rod trying to entice some of the larger fish that might be lying to ambush a fly presented in ‘just-the-right-way’ to them. I’ve been swinging weighted streamers on intermediate leaders through the deeper runs. I’ve also been trying skating an assortment of large dry flies on the surface with furled switch rod leaders from Cutthroat Leaders through the calmer water. Here are a couple of the fish I was able to get to the bank for photos.
We’ve started seeing a few October Caddis showing up here in Stanley and I wanted to come up with a new dry fly imitation that would float well and could be easily seen in fast water. Here is what I came up with that a number of fish have been interested in….The Pumpkinator!
Hook: #12 – 2X long
Body: Orange Ice Dub
Rib: Gold Tinsel
Overbody: Orange Foam
Underwing: Orange Crystal Flash
Overwing: Light Tan Sparkle Yarn
Legs: Orange and Black Rubber Legs
I went hunting for native cutthroats on the Yankee Fork with my good friend, Peter, from Northern California. Peter is responsible for getting me into bamboo fly rods many years ago. When he put a Leonard Duracane in my hands and told me to fish it for the day, I was hooked. Aside from several salmon smolts, hatchery rainbows, and whitefish, I did manage to find a few native cutthroats as well. Here are some shots from our day.
I got one of my bamboo fly rods in the hands of one of our good friends, John, from Colorado recently. John is relatively new to fly fishing, but he didn’t have any difficulty picking his first fish swinging a black wooly bugger on my 8′ 3″ 5 wt rod. Here is John in action: