Monday, August 16, 2010

Land of Brookies and Waterfalls

A few pics from a tiny mountain stream that I pray isn't wrecked by unregulated gas drilling. Ladies and gentlemen, Christopher Entz in action.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Big Hole Sickness

Had a great float on the upper Big Hole last week with Brady, Josh and Jason. Early in the day we had success twitching hoppers on slow grassy banks. Later, after a heavy thunderstorm, the streamer fishing turned on.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Zoo City T-Shirts?

Here's my sketch of the Zoo City Aquarium T-Shirt. Let me know what you think. I'll probably redraw it. This is also just a photo of the sketch, not a scan so it's not centered right.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Mid-Summer River Report

The hopper plague begins! The relatively mild day time temps and the thunderstorms bringing rain that actually reaches the ground have been a blessing. Hopper fishing has been remaining good into the evening, without the characteristic hot water lull. Evening caddis action has been terrific as well on the Clark Fork, with numerous mayfly spinners also getting the sippers up right at dark.

The Creek has been it's usual self, although Jason B. and I saw it go from gin clear to mud in about 5 minutes on Sunday when the thunderstorm rain of the previous evening finally made it down to the lower end. It was only a brief blowout, but it did end the day's dry fly action.

Tricos have also started on the lower 'Root and the Clarkie. Look for the duns to come off early in the morning, with the spinners hitting the water just as the sun starts to get hot. Fishing to these picky eaters involves a nice long leader, 6x tippet, and a delicate downstream presentation.

As far as terrestrials go, don't forget about the spruce moths. They can be important and fish that have been stung a few times on hoppers usually don't think twice before munching a tan downwing pattern.

Should be a great August and September. I'll be giving you an East coast update, as I'm headed back next week. Get out there!