Monday, March 28, 2011

Killing it on the Lost

The midges are pretty small compared to the net, but there were a ton of them.

Lost River Whitey--beautiful fish over there.

Another cookie cutter rainbow on the Lost.

Amanda with her first fish of the day.

Last Monday, my friend Amanda and I headed over to the Lost for some SNOWY fishing. I hooked a fish on my first cast, which is one of the reasons I love fishing over there. The fishing was amazing all afternoon. There were two types of midges, a sprinkling of baetis, and heads up everywhere. The best thing about fishing was knowing it wasn't going to end in April when the river normally closes. The river's going to be open year-round--WINNING!

It's also finally full-on steelhead season. Paddy caught 12 today--an I had to work--poo poo.

In conclusion, the fishing's amazing right now!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Little Permit Porn

Some lovely clients of mine just sent these photos from Ascension Bay. They definitely succeeded at making me jealous. At least I'll be in the Texas flats stalking redfish in about six weeks!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Horrible, horrible, horrible...please help us stop the megaloads

March 21, 2011 in Idaho
Idaho House moves to block anti-megaload lawsuits
Betsy Z. Russell The Spokesman-Review

BOISE - The Idaho Legislature is moving to block citizen lawsuits over giant megaloads on the state’s highways, with legislation clearing the House Monday to require a big up-front cash bond from anyone filing such a lawsuit.

” I think it will stop frivolous lawsuits,” said Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, sponsor of the bill. HB 193 would require anyone suing over a transportation project on Idaho roads to first post a bond equal to 5 percent of the insured value of the load. Harwood said his bill was prompted by the controversial hauling of giant megaloads of oil equipment on Highway 12, to which local residents and businesses along the route have objected.

Harwood said he included an emergency clause to block more lawsuits over upcoming megaloads; ConocoPhillips has hauled two giant truckloads across the twisting, two-lane highway, taking up both its lanes; ExxonMobil plans more than 200 over the next year.

“The emergency clause was put in there because we felt that there was going to be more lawsuits coming, and we felt that we needed to get this done,” Harwood told the House.

Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, said, “We have a number of frivolous lawsuits now that cost our state money, that don’t accomplish very much but delay our economic growth and viability.”

Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, objected. “How are these individuals going to come up with the amount of money that is going to be necessary, which could be considerable amounts of money?” she asked. “To me, it puts in place sort of a David and Goliath situation.”

Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, said, “I think the people that live on Highway 12 and the people that recreate on Highway 12, including the outfitters and guides, have a huge financial stake in this process. For that reason, I think there needs to be an open public process.”

The House vote 53-16 in favor of the bill, which now moves to the Senate. All 13 of the House’s minority Democrats voted against the bill; they were joined by three Republicans, Reps. Tom Trail of Moscow, Leon Smith of Twin Falls, who is the House Transportation chairman, and Lynn Luker of Boise.

Trail said the state’s current permit fees for giant megaloads don’t cover all its costs to process the permits. “So each one of those loads that goes over Highway 12 is partially subsidized by the Idaho taxpayers,” he said. “This legislation is very discriminatory against individuals and businesses along routes like this, as well as other citizens, who might have a legitimate gripe that they want to bring to the legal process.”

Rep. Lenore Barrett, R-Challis, said, “You need to cut to the chase. If we’re going to improve (and) retain what economy we have in this state, we need to get equipment from here to there, we need production. And in order to facilitate that, we need this lawsuit issue resolved. This bill does that. You may not like it, but it’s necessary.”

A week and a half ago, Idaho Rivers United filed a federal lawsuit challenging the ExxonMobil megaload permits.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Beyond the Fly

I'm a little late in the blogosphere posting this, but I thought it would be better late than never. Beyond the Fly is a new print magazine for women fly-fishers. I am beyond stoked to hear about the magazine to say the least.

On a more local note, I hit the Wood on Saturday with one of my new lady-friends and we had a variety of large bows rising to midges until we froze our fingers off. Also, Paddy popped some steelies on Thursday--I can't believe it's that time already! I look forward to popping a few of my own this Thursday! I just love spring fishing! And using exclamation points, apparently...

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Blood Knot Wet Issue

Check out the new issue of Blood Knot. We've got steelhead, steelhead, and steelhead, oh my...and some other stuff.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

The Giant Mayfly

This is getting me excited about Brown Drakes...