We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one. - Jacques Cousteau
Thursday, April 28, 2011
So unless you
live under a rock don't fish for steelhead, you have probably heard about Scott Howell's prom dress series of flies. I wrote about them last year in this post, and after they showed up in Skagit Master II, they have been so hot!
We fished them some this past winter (variations as well) and the Head Honcho asked me to tie up some mini ones for his month long trip to SEAK. I can't wait to hear how they work, and I will definitely be swinging some midget prom dresses this fall.
|Hansel, he's so hot right now! (Like the prom dress)|
|That's a Sz. 6 baby!|
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I was cruising around the photo gallery over at Nautilus Reels the other day, and ran across this awesome picture. If you haven't seen Step Brothers, you owe it to yourself to go check it out; Will Ferrell and John C. Reily at their finest. The captain of the Prestige Worldwide Fishing Team pictured above is FLA guide Drew Kleine. I laughed my ass off when I saw the pic, and then the name sounded familiar, and I remembered that Drew guided my good friend John "Modobi" Dobson to the backcountry tournament championship this winter in Islamorada. Check out his site here: Fly Inspired.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
As you have probably figured from Jergens' previous post, this last weekend was the Simms Iceout event in Bozeman.WTF! Fishing from this side of the tree was such a bad idea!
My good friend Troy and I decided this would be a good excuse to head out to big sky country to do some fishing and visit Jergens.
Thursday- We got a not so early start on the long drive. 8 hours, several Monsters and a Brotha Lynch Hung Pandora station later we arrived in Bozeman. We took immediately to the street. Hitting The Cannery right off the bat, where we ran into everyone from the Iceout. We had some drinks and called it a night several hours later.
Friday- A painful start and a slow move to the Guide Olympics. Troy laid down a strong performance in the trailer backing and casting, but ultimately fell short of the mark and we left empty handed.
Saturday- For our first day of fishing we decided to checkout the Yellowstone River. We fished near Livingston with little luck. One nice 'bow to hand. A real nice brown lost and lots of white fish. We called it a day as the light faded and our stomachs began to growl.
Jergens, gave us some local beta about hitting Las Parillas in Bozeman for dinner. He suggested the wrap of kahn. This may or may-not have been the best part of the trip.
We grubbed on our wraps, then took to the Suby, blasted some gangsta shit and cruised to Twin.
Sunday- Jergens was nice enough to convince Mrs. Jergens to go fishing and the four of us, Seth and his SO hit the Big Hole. We had slow fishing with each boat (3 total) landing 3-4 fish on dries.
Monday- Jergens then took Tron and I on a float down the Beaverhead. We arrived to a snow storm in Dillon which cleared out as we started the float. Fishing started out hot and remained that way for the majority or the drift. We got several nice fish running heavy duty nymph rigs. Did I get any pictures? No! Why? I'll say it. The Beaverhead is hands-down the worst river for taking pictures on.
So after a good day of fishing, Tron and I tossed around some ideas for the rest of the trip. We decided on heading up to Missoula and do some fishing up there. We got set up with Andy "Zen" Simmon, who was nice enough to take us out on the town and let us stay at his place.
Tuesday- We got up early and made the extra long drive to Rock Creek. We fished down from Phillipsburg. The first hole we got to was unbelievable. I started up river from Tron, throwing a streamer. Watched a nice brown refuse no more then ten feet away from me. As I was messing with this, Tron was down river throwing a nymph rig with GREAT SUCCESS. He managed to pull double digits of decent sized 'bows, browns and cutties.
We worked several more runs along the creek with much luck. We called it a day around five, drove back to Missoula. There we grabbed some sandwhiches, loaded the car with Monster and candy, and blasted straight back home. No stops.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
|Big Jon |
|The championship fish, and Jon's first winter steelhead, a gorgeous chromer hen with an electric grab.|
Oh yeah, the brothers were nice enough to leave one in a run for me to swing up, thanks again!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
SIMMS shoot-out submission. from Detonation Studios on Vimeo.
Check out this other video from Ice Out. The filming is done by Ian Majszack of Detonation Studios, who is a relative newcomer to the fishing vid scene, but is kicking ass, and coming out with some really good stuff. I would keep an eye on him and his work, definitely rising star in the fishing film world who is very passionate about it. The guide that Ian got to work with, and who is featured in the video, is Greg Bricker. Greg is far from a newcomer to the Brozeman guide world, and in fact might be descried as
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Fly Fishing Mystery Theater from RA Beattie on Vimeo.
Check out R.A. Beattie's short film from this weekend's Simms Iceout event, link here (apparently the embeded vimeo doesn't want to work). R.A. took the 1st place prize home, no big surprise as his videos are always top notch. Check him out at Beattie Outdoor Productions.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
After an amazing winter steelhead season, full of big fish, big fun and big rain drops, I am back in the 406. It was a great break in my home state, but even nicer to be back home with the wife and dogs. I'll do a better write up soon, but for now here is a good pic from the season.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Well it's the beginning of April which means it's time to buy a new fishing license. After being a resident of Washington for 24 of my 26 years, this is only the 2nd out of state license that I have bought, and for a whopping $50 plus $8 for an Upper Columbia endorsement, I can catch some of the most amazing fish left in the world. This is an absolute bargain considering the quality of fishery that we get to enjoy, for such a miniscule amount of money.
|$50 to catch these beaut's is crazy!|
As Washington and the WDFW are currently broke, an increase in license prices seems like an easy way to make some more $, especially charging more for out of state anglers. While trout fishing in Washington has little to offer, there are many of the best steelhead rivers in the PNW that are at your disposal. It is absolutely amazing to me that for $50 you can catch (and kill in certain areas) endangered and threatened runs of amazing anadromous fish. In Montana an out of state license costs $90 and Idaho it's over $100, and in both of those states I see enforcement and management on a much more regular basis than Washington.
I ran into the local game warden on the lower Duc the other day, who had recently busted poachers for killing 7 native fish on the Hoh (Strong work!). Talking with the warden was great, and he definitely works his ass off. His territory covers the entire quillaute system all the way down to the Queets. Another game warden certainly could be used in this area.
Another concept that Geico and I talked about today after buying our license would be a regional tag for Washington. Break the state into 4-6 regions, and then if you fish in that region you pay a one time payment for a yearly tag, and that money stays in the region. Wouldn't you pay an extra $50 to enjoy your favorite rivers, and help protect them?