Sunday, July 10, 2011

Could Have Been a Great Day...

Looks exactly like the fish that Joel did as a water color on "A Year on the Fly"....

Sipping Ants on the bank...

What a fish on a dry...

A nice fish on an Rs2...






Went up to Spring Creek on Thursday to be a snob and throw dry flies. Well, it paid off. I did nymph a few runs and that is why I said my day could have been better. I hooked five browns that were close if not over 20+ inches on my special midge pattern. The only part was that my hook sets were not solid, and the fish ran in the faster water. Needless to say I did not land any of them. I also had an equipment malfunction with my reel on the one as well. It was my fault as well. I had the drag set too low and the line went crazy on me when a fish ran.
Ok, I am done ranting about my problems at Spring Creek. We did land numerous other fish. At the Orvis gathering in March, Thomas Baltz, and well known guide and fly tyer for Orvis, hooked us up with some flies at that time. Man, did his Ant pattern produce fish. If you get a chance, you will see him at most of the Fly Fishing shows tying as well. Solid guy to know and one hell of a guide as well.
Yesterday during a trip at the river, I hit a rock with my shin and tumbled into the water. First time I have fallen during a trip ever. My guests got a small chuckle, but my phone was rather soaked. So I am with out my Droid X till tuesday when a new one comes via FedEx. Decent top water action with some Caddis still, but that was affected by the increase of water that was let out of the dam that morning. The bugs happened about 3 hours later than normal. After the trip in the morning and lunch, We headed out to shoot some sporting clays. I must say, it is much easier to break a clay than learning to dry fly fish for the first time. The couple really enjoyed themselves and look to have them back to fish later in the year. 
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New Fishing Vehicle...



Finally parted with the VW Jetta last week. Traded it in for a Ford Escape. I felt it would be a bit more room, which was needed. And it also would be safer for Zoie riding from place to place. I also got a kennel for her to ride in as well. 




New fishing vehicle.....
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Last Week...

Tyler with a nice Bow on a Caddis dry..





Mike and Jonathan, who just completed our Orvis school, working behind Tyler and I during some morning trips. Tyler and I had around 35 fish rise to my CDC Caddis pattern that has produced all summer for me. The river has been fishing very well and the dry fly fishing is in full swing. The middle of the river can be difficult in the middle of the day, but Iso, Olives, and Caddis are around. I also have seen some larger stones around. 
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