We got the chance to fish Big Creek in Central Idaho this summer with a group of friends….fly in by small plane to a dirt runway…and pack horses to a wilderness camp. Fishing was excellent for cutthroats in the 10″ to 15″ range with large dry flies. Mary Ann and I fished our 8′ 0″ 5 wt bamboo fly rods the entire trip. Here are a few photos.
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.
A nice Bull Trout that took a #6 Black Wooley Bugger with a weighted gold conehead.
A beautiful native Cutthroat Trout that took a #12 foam bodied Black Caddis skated across the surface of a shallow run.
Earlier this week we got the chance to hit Noname Creek (sorry, I’m sworn to secrecy) about 2 hours from Stanley in search for some hungry Cutthroats with our good friends, Noel and Sue, from Australia. Noel has one of my 8′ 3″ Signature Series 5 wt fly rods so that was his weapon of choice. Sue doesn’t fly fish but came along to enjoy the day on the stream and lend a hand with a net when needed. Mary Ann and I each took 7′ 0″ 4 wt rods. The trout were happy to take just about any dry fly we put their way and we were successful landing many nice fish. Here are a few photos from our day.
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.
Peter and I getting ready to hit the Yankee Fork.
The Yankee Fork.
A nice 10″ native cutthroat that took a #16 black ant pattern.
A beautiful 14″ native cutthroat that took a #14 Yellow Sally Nymph.