Fly Fishing Forecast 9/28 – 10/5

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“The poetry of the sport hooked me long before I learned the prose.” – Judy Muller There are those who fish with precision, making each cast direct and to the point. And there are those who fish with the fly in the air as much as it is on the water, making each presentation as if it is a prayer. Some anglers scan the water searching the surface for movement, a rise, a dimple, a flash of color. And others who look deep for structure and imagine the possibilities. Just as there are many different ways to catch a fish, there … Read More

Fly Fishing Forecast 9/21 – 9/28

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“Fly rods in hand they entered into the natural world, a world of risk, chance, raw energy, adventure.” – Harry Middleton The 36th FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships were held in Vail, Colorado last week and Fly Fishing Team USA finished on the podium for the second time in two years. This is also the second year SCO guide Bret Bishop served as the team captain. These gentlemen went up against the best competitive teams in the world, twenty-four in all, including Spain, France, Czech Republic, Italy, Finland, Poland, and England to name a few. In the end, Team USA … Read More

Fly Fishing Forecast 9/14 – 9/21

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“Never throw a long line when a short one will serve your purpose.” – Richard Penn Trout take a fly with astonishing speed…and as quickly as they take it they spit it out.  To ensure a solid hook set, an angler should be as close as possible to their quarry and make a short cast.  The problem, in September the water is very low and clear; because of this, the fish can be very spooky.  If you get too close, the fish may go down. So this begs the question, how close should you get? The answer is not simple as … Read More

Fly Fishing Forecast 9/7 – 9/14

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“THERE IS NO TAKING TROUT IN DRY BREECHES.” – Cervantes September is a magical time on the waters around the Wood River Valley. The days are getting shorter, the nights cooler, and the fishing pressure is light. Our local tailwaters have dropped and our freestone rivers are close to base levels making wading a cinch. Still, you can’t take trout unless you get your feet wet. This September, may your breeches always be wet! SILVER CREEK The Creek is transitioning into a midday fishery and, depending on the day, there can be some fantastic Callibaetis activity starting around noon. However, … Read More

Fly Fishing Forecast 8/31 – 9/7

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“Yellowstone River closed in response to on going fish kill.”  ~Montana Fish and Wildlife Website The parasite that is killing whitefish and trout in the Yellowstone is present in many rivers in the West and under normal conditions healthy fish are resistant. The extremely low flows on the Yellowstone River and warm temperatures has weakened fish immune systems making them prone to parasites. Several years ago, The Nature Conservancy set up wader and boot washing stations at all access points on the Preserve to help prevent the spread of the New Zealand Mud Snail. With the recent events in Montana, … Read More