by Carl Evenson With plenty of snow shining in the peaks, the freestone sections of the Big Wood, Big Lost, and Salmon Rivers are forecast to be higher than average, especially during May and June. It is too early to predict fishing flow levels beyond June because the May and June weather influences flows so much. This spring, we have had much warmer nighttime temperatures than most years, melting off much of the lower watersheds very early. If this trend continues, the snowpack will melt sooner than other large snowpack years. Whatever happens, the ground water is being recharged, whichRead More
by Terry Ring We have become accustomed to dry years here; this year, however, has been far from dry. Since early December, snow painted the peaks and the valley floor bright white leaving us with a record snowpack in the Big Wood, Big Lost, and Salmon River basins. Even the Silver Creek valley was covered with snow from December well into March. It was a spectacular winter. Throughout the spring, a colder and wetter than normal weather pattern has increased and preserved the snowpack at higher elevations. The Big Wood River is flooding and will likely continue to stay atRead More
by Bret Bishop For some, the best way to fly fish is alone. There are times when I wish to be alone on the water. Just me. No one else. This serves as a respite from the throngs of humanity…a chance to refuel. In fact, one of the most iconic images in fly fishing is the solitary angler, casting a fly, waist deep in a dancing riffle, a reflective pool, or an expansive saltwater flat; the angler is always surrounded by ineffable beauty. The camera’s gaze captures the pith: the line in a flawless loop against the blue sky, theRead More
Tucked away in downtown Boise is an unassuming corridor where a rotation of work from the greatest fishing artist in the country hangs. It’s called the Fulton Street Showroom and folks who stroll down this hall have a chance to enjoy “Trout Art” at it’s absolute finest. Ed Anderson, a prominent Boise artist himself curates this revolving collection. His bold, gestural work has found it’s way onto the covers of Gray’s Sporting Journal several times. But this is a space he’s created for the work of others in the close knit community of fly fishing artists. I stopped in to seeRead More
Over the years, I’ve had the honor of working with many fly fishing artists who’ve used my photography to paint or draw from. Each time one of these artists approaches me about working from a particular image, I imagine what their creation will look like compared to the actual photograph. Each artist has their own style and method. Each completion has it’s own feel as it becomes it’s own work of art. Some are abstract, some are heavily influenced by the media. And some, like that of colored pencil artist Travis Sylvester are so realistic that comparing the original photoRead More