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  1. Woodduck31

    Woodduck31 Elite Refuge Member

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    My trips on the river are getting a little less common as Caleb’s guiding schedule fills up. We did a few evening floats after he finished guiding for the day and did great. I like to let Caleb fish as much as possible when we go since he rows all day. I drifted a caddis emerger through a seam of active fish yesterday evening without success and handed him the rod. It only took a few casts before he caught a 21 inch dandy. I caught a 19 inch brown and rainbow later along with several other 16 inch or better ones. Keeping fuel in the motor in the boat has been the greatest challenge lol.


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  2. pickadrake

    pickadrake Senior Refuge Member

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    Thanks for sharing your pictures! I'm looking forward to my annual visit in August
     
  3. Woodduck31

    Woodduck31 Elite Refuge Member

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    The lower henry's fork is about done for the summer. You can catch a hatch every now and then in the early morning and evening and do well. The water is warm now, so Caleb has moved to the upper and over to the south fork of the snake for the next several weeks. I'll probably be stuck here in mt home till late in the month and I'm sure we will be hitting the sections of the teton then, it was still a little high last week. They did well guiding on the snake today. The best months to fish the lower henry's fork are may, june, september and october.
     
  4. pickadrake

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    I'll be spending my time in the country NE of Ketchum for a few days then over to the RR Ranch for a couple days before heading to SW MT & YNP. Always a great trip. I'm planning to retire somewhere in ID in a couple years. My sister has moved back there and I'd like to stay within driving distance, and the hunting & fishing ain't bad either :tu
     
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    Woodduck31 Elite Refuge Member

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    Hopefully your sister doesn’t live in the treasure valley. It’s getting bad in boise fast. In the two years since we moved out of boise it has grown exponentially, and hunting pressure is very high in surrounding areas. My expectation will be to move to eastern Idaho within the next two years and follow Caleb
     
  6. pickadrake

    pickadrake Senior Refuge Member

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    She's in MacKay. I'll be looking at Eastern Idaho myself :tu
     
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  7. Woodduck31

    Woodduck31 Elite Refuge Member

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    Perfect. We are waiting to see if my son decides to move over there. With the direction boise is going I think he has more motivation to move. If he moves we are likely to follow.
     
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    We just got back from Ashton and a few days of fishing. I coaxed Caleb into blacking out a day and we also had a half day after a client did a morning float. We are still catching big fish, but now they are cutthroat. The Teton river is fishing well, we figured out how to avoid the whitefish for the most part. We can catch the at will and they fight good as well as being a native fish. Most clients love catching them as long as you don't downplay them as a trash fish. I think they are just about liike catching grayling, they certainly have the same look, but use that growth energy in their adipose rather than their dorsal fin. We also had our regular bullwinkle sightings, but just a couple of small bulls. Caleb has been seeing some big bulls, but not with us. He's booked nearly every day now and hasn't been back home for nearly a month and won't be again till the end of august when his wife is due with his third child. He will likely finish out the season till the end of september a week or two after the baby arrives. I'm up to 27 floats so far this year and have caught hundreds of fish now and getting fairly proficient with a fly rod at least when it's not windy. This is my third year fly fishing, Caleb has been doing it for 20 years. It's really fun to watch him work. We have turned into headhunters which cuts down on how many we catch, but the size goes way up. Now when I get something like the 16 inch cutthroat pictured he just tells me to shake him off. lol

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    Just got back from another float. Caleb blacked out a day from guiding to get me on the south fork of the snake on tuesday. He's home now for several weeks waiting on the arrival of his third child. Hopefully he will get some flies tied while he's home. He's long since been out of all the flies he tied with high quality hooks over the winter and now dependent on the fly shops for flies with cheap hooks. I haven't bent out a hook all summer until Tuesday and we lost three 20" cutthroat because the hooks bent out. We were running double dry flies, a captive dun and cinnamon ant, size 16 and 18 and were just hammering the cutthroat. We also caught at least a couple of every species of trout. We even dropped a pheasant tail nymph off a chubby to finish off the slam with a whitefish, but while I was doing that caught an 18 rainbow on the same pheasant tail. Most of the day was spent fishing dry flies and I prefer that, just more fun to watch, but those chubby eats are pretty dynamic too I will have to admit. I had two fish on the double dry once, it appeared to be a brown and a cutthroat, but after a short fight they decided to swim in different directions and popped the brown off leaving me with the 14 inch cutthroat. It was one of the best fishing days I've had other than the 94 degree temps and dead calm conditions. We ended up the summer without either of our new Orvis rods, the helios broke while fighting an 18 inch brown after we had only had it two weeks. I was able to land the fish on half a rod, but the rod has yet to be fixed or replaced after well over a month. Our Recon broke with a client, an experienced fly fisherman, just making a cast. We did get to use the recon a lot longer, but we are using the back up rods now, a TFO and Winston. My Orvis fly line broke within the first week right between my hands, I had my index finger on the line against the handle and my hauling hand holding the loose line with a fish on and it broke. I guess fortunately the fish got off or he'd have been dragging 20 feet of line around the river.


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    The water is cooling in the Henry's fork now and should be fishing better in weeks to come. We headed over the first of this week to drag the camper back to Mt Home for the winter and got a little time on the river. Fishing was slow, but we still managed a dozen fish, three were 17" to 19" with a few whitefish and even a couple of suckers that ran into my line and spooled me into my backing. We will be heading back over in a few weeks to bring the boat home and get in a few more days of hopefully big browns and rainbows before we switch over to fly fishing closer to home.

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