Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bitterroot Brown Town

With big trout fresh on the mind we got back out on the water in search of Bitterroot gold. Chucking big streamers can bring worn out arms, but rewards like these are well worth it. Fishing the slow water with big flies is the name of the game. We are currently sitting in the middle of the best streamer fishing of the year where it seems no pattern can be too big...heaven for our crew. As the water continues to rise we will continue to chuck streamers, knowing that any cast can bring the largest trout we have ever seen.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spring Training and Big Browns

So the boys are at it again, it was just a matter of time. Chris got out with fellow guides Chad Williams and Bob Prince for a full day float on the 'Root. We all love a good barrage of dry flies, calling your shots and picking off risers. But then you get a hunch to tie on a streamer and go hunting for the really big one you know is lurking in there somewhere. Big double-haul across the run, strip, strip . . . BOOM! Chad is on a big one. This stud Brown moved in for the kill without hesitation, a super great fish to kick of the season. Way to go boys lets go get a few more!

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Skwala and the Yeti

 Another "prospecting" run on the middle Root' pays off with some of the better fishing of this spring season. Fish moving to dry flies in the afternoon keeping us very happy, harbingers of summer months to come. These sweet Cutthroats all ate Skwalas, some below islands, a few hanging on hard banks, and all were chunked out from a good eatin'.

These gutted-out Cutts and Rainbows are digging the high water we've been having this spring. Lots of nymphs in the system and fewer fishermen then a few weeks ago makes for eager hunting. Get out on the river and find some solace with a fly rod before runoff shuts it all down.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Adventures on the Smith River

Sometimes the stars align and allow more fun to happen then should be legal. We are going to the Smith River again this year, a trip which is becoming something of a tradition of late. The first years were epic high-water and little fishing, the last few have been more moderate and way more fishy. Hoping for good flows again this season and some more brown trout dry fly action.