Monday, September 28, 2015
Dry Game: Caddis early a.m., attractor patterns, small spinners, Slate Drakes and the underused midge. 5X and FlyAgra getting it done. Mice occasionally.
Wet Game: Orange and Partridge, Skunk Works stuff, Red and Starling. Slow retrieve.
Nymph Game: Smallish bright doesn't imitate anything in the underwater world we ply our craft in patterns seem the go to. Czech stuff, P.T.s, Brassies and the occasional stone.
Streamer Game. Intermediate lines, smaller patterns in autumn color styles, bright bait fish getting the smack . Poor to o.k. Not quite there yet. Low light for best results.
Change it up often for now. Keep changing until YOU see a change.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
This is a bloodsport cut and dry. Don't delude yourself by thinking releasing a fish that they will live to fight another day every time. Especially when other factors come into play, ie; temps, overly long fighting sessions, pre spawn fish and poor handling. We've seen enough dead fish laying on the river bottom to bring that fact home. Start by skipping the dreaded 'Grip and Grimace' shot and you'll go a very long way in preserving fish. How would you feel after fighting for your life and someone held you underwater? Pretty simple analogy.
It's up to you to decide ethics. One of my climbing mentors said it best.
"There are ethics and there is style. Ethics are so you don't screw it up for the next guy, and style is so you don't delude yourself into thinking you're so great".
Friday, September 4, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
Oh yeah. And getting ready for the fall season.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Small stream selection is as follows. Terrestrial patterns!! Ants and beetles all day. Pretty easy except for the presentation. First cast best cast for the most part. 5X due to skinny clear conditions. We prefer fiberglass for these trips. 3 to 4 wts and double tapers. Shorts, river sandals and a cold liquid refreshment in the Yeti for the tailgate breakdown. Simplify your summer trips.
In the meantime September is next and is filling up well. We are planning our days afield with the sweet season approaching. Sixty one days in September and October. Time to play bingo with those numbers on the calendar.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
We guided a small stream last week. After walking/bushwhacking for a mile or more we came to a classic canopy covered plunge pool. Looking into it I lost count of how many brookies were stacked in there. I told the client to have a look. He was amazed at the amount of fish in such a small area. Then I set the ethical/this is where I get fired and I don't care standard. "You get two casts and then we leave no matter the outcome". "Huh"? was the response. One I wasn't surprised with. After explaining the fish were stressed and seeking thermal refuge and not there to be the happy fish we were seeking, he got it (THANK YOU). Two casts, one nice brookie and we were out and looking for another small stream with happier fish. We found them and turned a possible easy, unethical day into something more than just catching fish.
Guiding isn't about counting coup. It's about teaching, sharing and much, much more.
Plenty of fun small water out there with happy fish. Not many tracks either.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Small streams big fun right now. Rubber leg junk, terrestrials and the purple parachute topping the list. Beetle patterns are our number one summer terrestrial dry. Why? We don't care they eat it. Some questions are better left unanswered. Bring a thermometer. You're looking for 64 and under. And canopy cover.
Big water is hot and cold. Some days/nights/mornings very good to slower than anyone likes. Nymphing 16-20 sized patterns either czech or bobber gets it done. Streamer patterns in the early morning (dawn) we like. No delicate grab in the predawn. Dry fly guys willing to head hunt are getting rewarded. Sniper attitude. Stealthy casts and approaches. FIRST CAST IS YOUR BEST CAST! DO NOT FLOCK SHOOT! Be a player at the casino not the loser.
Backcountry hikes to off the radar waters, higher elevation ponds, outlets, tribs and the occasional spey class round out the rest of the summer for us. Along with some camping trips, personal floats, trips with friends, climbing excursions, some bouldering, an occasional beach trip for the salty fish, backyard BBQs, Wiffle Ball playoffs, hikes, swimming hole jumps and cocktail experiments fill what's left.
Get on summer cause it's going and we ain't waiting.