Friday, July 21, 2017

The 24 Inch Native...
























The skated mouse pattern fluttered across the frog water, and right before it hit the fast seam a violent slash took it down

Fish On!!

OMR's 6 wt taco'd over and we thought we had the fish of the trip.  Target species that is.

Through a set of bolder gardens he kept up the fight until I was able to find a bank to pull over and allow him to put the screws to the fish.

As it came closer, we knew something was up.  It was target un-aquired.

Still it was the biggest northern pikeminnow we had ever seen on this river.  Native, it should be there unlike the interlopers we were after

So we put away the initial disappointment,  hooted, hollered and celebrated the 24 inch native brought to the net.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival August 11th and 12th




















August 11th and 12th, if your in the vicinity of Midway, Utah I highly suggest you find your way to the Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival.

Run and hosted by Jason and Julie Zicha of Fall River Fly Rods, it's an annual event that does an amazing job of getting new folks into the sport, helping kids along their fly fishing journey and giving a ton of people a chance to hob nob with a great number of businesses and non profits in the sport.

It's a project built on the passion of Julie and Jason, and it's 100% free to the public to attend.  There are classes, demos, giveaways and lots of prizes.

Visit the Heber Valley Fly Fishing's site and check them out on FB as well

Enjoy!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Horrible Bill For Salmon and Steelhead
























The big question is why?

Why would state representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Don Newhouse and others stare into the face of the worst predicted run of fall chinook, sockeye and summer steelhead on the Columbia and say..... "meh, screw em"

While that's hyperbole, they are in effect doing that by introducing a new bill that flies against science and judicial review on how we are managing the lower 4 Snake River Dams.

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2017/07/post_268.html

It's the definition of insanity.  They want to return to the invalidated 2014 federal Columbia River Bi-Op and hold it in place through 2022.  They want to hold water back that facilitates smolt outmigration in the spring.  They want to take the notion of breaching the lower 4 Snake River dams completely off the table

They want to circumvent the entire NEPA process that hundreds of thousands of comments were registered by the public this past fall in meetings around the Northwest as state, federal and Bonneville power were ordered to consider all options in the process of a new Biological Opinion

So in other words.  Screw the public process. Screw the science.

And oh, lets keep pouring billions of dollars at salmon and steelhead mitigation that isnt working.

They want to keep a bandaid on a hemorrhaging wound.

The special interests that keep these representatives have done a fantastic job of keeping the wool over their eyes.

It's up to us to let them know we oppose this legislation.

Contact McMorris Rodgers at 202-225-2006 and Newhouse at 202-225-5816

Also, find more ways to contact them via their websites

https://newhouse.house.gov/contact

https://mcmorris.house.gov/contact

Speak up ladies and gentlemen.  Now.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Skaters...

































I remember a time I had zero confidence with a skittering, shaking and churning skater.

Now if there's any chance, that's what I am throwing.   There's nothing like a 10 pound fish trying to kill the fly that has entered it's zone

Find me something else in fly fishing that makes your heart literally stop like a skater eat.

For me, it's the top of the mountain.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday Muddler Magic

































Muddler's are awesome.

They're one of those bugs that when they come off the vice, they always look like they have the juice

The thing is that I dont have the greatest success on them.  I put them on the end of the line and wonder if I am making the right choice.

Then I bring it up near me in the water and check it out.  The darn thing looks like a fish Snickers laying in the water and I continue on and fish it.

So enjoy Monday's muddler offering.  What are you're thoughts on the muddler?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Have A Good Trip Dad....























I was in the midst of the semi chaos of the getting ready dance that happens in the we hours of the morning when I noticed it.

A small, subtle drawing from my boys on the raft trailer.

It gave me pause, and brought a ear to ear smile to my face.  They were still fast asleep in their bunk beds but the message was loud and clear.

It was like they were saying "have a great trip dad" without saying a word.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

You Own The River




And Oregon, and Washington, and Idaho and every other darn state in the Union.

Last week a gentleman made his presence known at a public scoping meeting for the proposed Tintina mine that will impact the world famous Smith River in Montana.

While not the most pc in delivery the man's message was clear.

The public owns the river

While the mining company made up of a consortium of Australian and Canadian interests wants to put a mine into a super sensitive area, we need to remind ourselves that pubic waterways like the Smith are part of the public trust.

It scares me when companies promise that their mine will be safe, considering that just one mess up will scare the resource into perpituity.  We need mining, but there are places like Bristol Bay and the Smith that if lost, will never be able to be mitigated back into health

I bet that the mining company behind the Mt Polly disaster also promised that nothing would ever happen there.

So back to the guy who threw a world class rant at the meeting.

While the language isnt the best, understand this man's passion.

Back's against the wall, he went to the nuclear option. The best part of the whole deal, the PR person for the mining company posted the video thinking it would cause a bad reaction for the people that are against the mine

Wrong.

It brought more attention to the bad idea of having a mine in this special place.  Thousands shared and commented and whoops, the video was removed from social media.

Thanks to the intrepid folks who are anti mine, the video was saved and reposted

Take a look HERE

It's your fucking river.

and while you're at it, give some love to the Save Our Smith group dedicated to keeping this mine off the river.