Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Idaho Rivers United


Well, it's 9:30 and I've already been to one of two fundraisers I have today.  This morning, I went to the annual Idaho Rivers United breakfast, which starts at the terrible time of 7:00 a.m.  I don't think they understand that my pockets are deeper when I've been allowed proper sleep and had a cocktail, but I go to the fundraiser every year anyways.  IRU is a really progressive organization that is fighting to remove the four lower Snake River dams and is also currently fighting the megaloads on the scenic Locsha and Selway River corridors.  This video always makes me cry so I thought I'd share it this year.  If you care about Idaho's rivers and fish, I highly recommend supporting this awesome organization.

Paddy, his dad, and I went to Stanley on Sunday and popped some steelhead--it's on.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Midge Madness

First fish of the day--not that big, but the winter fish have big shoulders!

The fishing has been AMAZING the last couple of weeks.  We have had warm temps, lots of sun, and even more midges.  I've just been fishing on the Wood, but there hasn't really been a reason to leave town when the fishing is this good.  The fabulous thing about winter fishing is you can sleep in or take a few runs before you hit the water.  Paddy and I fished together (pretty rare these days) last week and here are a few photos.  There may be a little video to accompany it soon.

It's super nasty outside now.  We have both a Winter Storm Warning AND a Flood Warning.  Snow melt, snow, rain, slush, we have it all.  I guess that means it's time for steelhead...

Looking North on the Big Wood on a beautiful winter day.
Paddy hitting a midge slick on the far side of the river.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Friday Funny

Last night I found this photo of my sister and I, circa 1990, and thought it was too epic not to share.  On Good Friday, my dad always took us fishing at a tank in Tivoli, Texas.  I HATED fishing and that was my one required day of the year.  The shrimp were stinky, the water was brackish, and the fish were slimy.  Fishing down there quite a bit in the past year, I can't believe I never realized how amazing it really is with all of the cool fish and probably the largest bird diversity in the U.S. 

I wish I still dressed that cool-ha ha.