Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Artistic Shots

Shadows. Photo by Morgan R. Buckert

Nothing better than a big brown trout on a Winston. Photo by Paddy McIlvoy.

Brown Drake fish porn can be seen at

The Proof to the Stories

Piles and piles of spinners!

Spinners close up.

Yumm...Spinners are delicioso!

All photos by Paddy McIlvoy.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

More Brown Drakes!

Tonight will be night six of the brown drake hatch. I'm actually doing better than I was a couple of nights ago, but I noticed the bags under my eyes this morning are pretty offensive, as is the state of my house.

It truly is the best week of the year and it has lived up to it's reputation once again. Sunday night was the most insane spinner fall of all time. There were clouds of spinners in every direction as far as you could see--at that point you are out-competed by nature. The four of us managed to land an amazing number of +20" fish, including some leaning towards 30".

On the way out, we stumbled upon a pile of spinners in an eddy that was about 3 feet long and a foot deep. The photos do a much better job of explaining this feat of nature.

On Monday night, I fished with Ketchum on the Fly and managed to land a feisty +20" brown on my second cast. You can call me Old McDonald, though, because I farmed about 20 fish the rest of the night. The spinner fall was great again, but there weren't as many fish as there were in my secret spot. We finished with a picnic spread and some wine--something I can always count on with KOTF.

After tennis this evening I'm heading out for maybe my last night. I better make it count.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Brown Drakes

I'm writing this on Saturday morning, but won't be posting it until next week because I don't want anyone to know how the fishing is and I don't have any photos to post yet. As the title suggests, the elusive brown drake hatch is finally happening!

Thursday, the first warm day we've had, we went looking for an emergence, but we only found BBT (Big Brown Trout) that were willing to eat mice (I know, we're spoiled).

On Friday, we were pretty tired from the previous night's excitement, but we drove out to check on things around 8 and found bugs in the air. After a quick trip back to the house to gather appropriate clothing, we went out to Larkin with this summer's Silver Creek interns, both new to fly-fishing.

The water was boiling with fish when we finally arrived and we got after it. Most of us fished the awesome comparadun and I caught my first fish on a cripple I had tied several years ago (therefore very ugly). I switched to the extended body Brown Drake, which had always collected dust in my BD Box, and managed to hook a 20"+ brown on my first cast. While I was waiting for Paddy and the camera I broke him off, but I did get to see him--WOW! I switched to the mouse rod around 10.30 because I was tired of missing strikes in the dark and had two explosive strikes, but no connections.

Ryan landed a 2 foot brown, which was his first fly-fishing fish--insane! That boy's spoiled! Everyone caught fish, but we all missed hundreds of strikes. I'm so tired already and we're only one night in. I think I can make it; I have to make it. The best fry fly fishing in the world for one week of the year; I'm lucky to say the least.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Finally...It's Fishing Season!!

Well, I've been waiting to report on the fishing until I had some photos, but I'm a week into the season and I haven't managed to take my camera out of my bag. The first week of the fishing season has been interesting. It's been very cold and rainy which has affected the evening fishing--when I get to go out.

I managed to fish on opening day and though it was slow after the BBQ at Silver Creek, I did manage to land the requisite brown. I went out again on Tuesday night, after another party at Silver Creek and managed to miss a few strikes on a Brown Drake, though I didn't actually see any flying around. There have been a few sporadic Brown Drakes, but they don't seem to be an indicator of the hatch appearing soon. I was able to float the creek on Thursday with some scientists and we saw lots of evening midges, of course, and about Size 15 PMDs hanging around.

On Saturday, I taught my favorite fishing class of the year with the Magic Valley Fly-Fishers in Twin Falls. I love working with them--they're such a great group of people--enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and fun. There were about a dozen ladies in the class and they all seemed to be excited about fishing.

On Monday I'm finally going to get to fish the Creek in the morning before coming into the fly shop for more fly ordering--whew! I understand the fishing on the Wood has been good as well with high-water nymphs, but I don't know why anyone would fish in a flood when the Creek is down the road.

We're only a week into "summer" and I'm already so busy. I am trying to fish a few times a week to soak it all in before things get REALLY busy. Hopefully Brown Drakes don't happen while I'm in San Fran this weekend--keep your fingers crossed!