Friday, May 26, 2017

Solitude

Solitude - where does your fishing take you today, do you have the stretch of river to yourself, the section of lake, the stretch of river. Well get out there before the on slot of the weekend crowd .

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cabin Bugs- by Daily Rise Productions

Getting pretty close to salmon fly time, always like the the big bugs, fishing them, and seeing the 
the fish gorge on them. Pour a cup of java and enjoy this fun little video short from Daily Rise Productions.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Stunning


Kicking it around with fellow fisherman and photographers, it is always great to see amazing work by a good friend. Gerry, who has an amazing eye for capturing amazing wildlife and rapture shots, delivers again. Capturing this osprey during the hunt for a Lamar River cutthroat before heading back to the nest to feed the little ones.

Photo's courtesy of Dr. Gerry Bauer

Thursday, May 18, 2017

I Call Tails

I call tails, that means you row for three more fish, that's the rules of the game this morning.
Luckily, because we just started, I really didn't want to switch out already.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Little Bit of High Dirty Water................... Then

As the the major river systems get busy with snow runoff, we have to endure a little time away or 
visit other waters in search of our finned friends. But once that nasty, chocolate milk water subsides ,
get ready for the the best three weeks of fishing you can have. Fish are pinned to the banks, eating streamers, nymphs and big ass foam flies like crazy. 
Until then, get out and visit the small creeks, still waters and tailgaters. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

stunning rainbow

Not many to the net today, but the one of the few that was lined
had some of the most beautiful colors and spot formations one one could
imagine. Notice the pink tinge around the mouth, stunning.
This is why we fish.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Time Ticking away Fast

What a wonderful wife I have, as I have taken a break from the usual Colorado watersheds and spring hatches to work and fish the past 7 weeks from Montana and the Missouri River. I have always wanted to fish the spring midge, baetis, caddis and throw in streamers when weather conditions prevail. While it was not all fishing, it made the commute to the river much shorter each weekend, and a chance to learn the river even better. As the water rises on all the rivers of the west, so does the Missouri, although a tailwater, there releases make room for impending runoff. Hampers the dryly action, the nymphing is always pretty special.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

24 gauge pump

I was happy to have my personal guide, wife and best fishing buddy fly in and fish with me this weekend, and she brought me great luck as the big browns we seek were out feeding or following our boat down the river. Sunday was a rain filled, overcast day,  made for hunting fellas like this. 
Three like this where brought to the boat and several other larger ones were on or missed. 
The "lucky lid" was the key ingredient.  

Friday, May 5, 2017

Quality People

A little catch and let go by my buddy Eric. I have had the good fortune to spend some
quality time learning the trenches and lines of the river, over the past two months. Eric Mondragon rustled up his roots 14 years ago, now calls Cascade and the Missouri River home. Looking for a straight up quality quite, get ahold of Eric. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Streamer Eat

Some said the water was too high, some said it was too sunny, some said you should just be "nymphing", but persistence pays off. This little butterball could not resist a properly presented
Hickman's Skiddish Smolt. this fly has been a terror on the browns. Get some , fish some, release some......


Monday, May 1, 2017

Time Well Spent

Montana weather continues to be very erratic, as well as the fishing but for the second weekend in a row, the large fish have decided they wanted to come out and play with Floatfisher. Had the great fortune of having my best bud Jim show up to fisher a long weekend. He was not disappointed, although the wind did blow, the rain and snow did show, but fish fish were eating sow bugs, scud, beatis and chasing streamers.
Getting out early was the key because they were done feeding and off by early afternoon, but great times were had. Just a few more weeks of big sky country to enjoy.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

My Favorite

Tail is my favorite, and the spot of Redfish Tail is takes the 
top spot in my book. The magical colors take your breath away.
Ready to catch more.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bennett's Lunch Money

A nice video short on Bennett's Lunch Money, as tied by Joel Skogall.
Originally tied for bass, this is also a great producer for trout too. Give it a view,
and twist a few up for your streamer box, don't think you'll be disappointed.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Land of Giants

Mary flew up to Montana to visit me and do a little fishing, on the agenda this weekend was a visit 
to the fishery known as the Land of Giants. As short river section between Howser Laker and Holter Lake , roughly 3 miles long, accessed by jet boat from upper Holter Lake.
This section is know for it excessively large fish, that run in from the lake. They would not lie.

 The very short ride up the canyon would provide a pretty , canyon setting, with some 
deer and sheep present. But it was the fishing we where there to experience.
As you can see we had a difficult time getting the camera out as the rod was bent over
most of the time with fish. The average fish of the day just have been 19", with the largest running
24" but several larger lost. . Mary and I have well over 20 doubles throughout the day. Absolutely a tremendous day, set up for us by Headhunters.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lunch on the Ditch

Taking a little time to stretch, grab a little sun on a windy day, have some lunch and share some laughs, equal a great day on the ditch. Add in Bob and Eric and the day went to superior. Bam , enough yakking, back to fishing....

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Carnivore

For the past couple of weeks the unpredictable weather of the Missouri River has been fickle
to say the least. Wind is the consistent, with rain, snow and a little sun mixed in. When the right conditions exist, some real nice fish are being brought to the net in all sections of the river. With 
the streamer being my favorite, toads like this can often be brought in when that sun and wind duck away for a bit. 
My guest from the east coast , made his first cast of the morning with a streamer and was treated
to this carnivore looking beast. Just a giant head and body to match. Wow.

Monday, April 10, 2017

the Railroader


There are decent days on the ditch, and the are even more better decent days with good fish counts but real nice size and girth. Well yesterday, was in if the those days tossing streamers, with the 7wt. and catching some serious brown trout. The one that took the fly twice in the dead drift, with a 10 ft. tail walk into the side of the boat to dislodge the fly was the creme del creme..... 
thanks skiddish smolt.
Oh , forgot about the 19" brown that sucked down the skawlla dry to end, the day. Some days are great when the camara is down deep in the case.
Week two down, four to go..... 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Throwing Feathers

Throwning a little bit of everything, but big feathers are some of my
favorite. Few followers, few knippers and a few eaters. Hoping for 
better conditions tomorrow with hard overcast, dark skies and a little snow.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Boat Ramp Etiquette

Thought I would re-post this nice article that Brody Henderson, guide , from the Vail Valley area, who put-out a while back, as the season gets underway. There is no sense coming up with a another article when Brody captures all the major points to make the boat ramps and parking lots a safe and happy place for all to enjoy.


Float Fishing Boat Ramp Etiquette

Brody
The summer float fishing season is about to get underway here at Vail Valley Anglers in Colorado. We are expecting a great summer of fly fishing on our local rivers with a good snowpack and plenty of water. In just a couple of weeks when spring runoff subsides, boat ramps on the Colorado, Eagle and Roaring Fork Rivers will get a lot busier and fly fishermen will have to do their part to make our rivers a pleasant place to catch trout.

Float fishermen have to share the river not only with each other but recreational and commercial whitewater rafters and kayakers. Boat ramps can be become chaotic and tensions can rise when proper boat ramp etiquette is ignored. In particular the ramps at Pumphouse, State Bridge and Two Rivers Park on the Colorado River, the Edwards boat ramp on the Eagle and both Carbondale and Westbank on the Roaring Fork can become congested when lack of courtesy, inefficiency and disorganization cause problems.

Here’s 20 tips for avoiding trouble and saving time while putting in and taking out your boat this summer.

1.  Arrive early before or after most boats tend to start their day. You’ll have more space and time to get things done.

2.  If you are floating with other boats as part of a group, make your plan for the day now not on the ramp. Boat ramps aren’t the spot to hold an important conversation.

3. Rig your boat well away from the ramp BEFORE putting in. Most boat ramps have nearby staging areas. Use them. This is the spot for pumping up rafts, unstrapping your boat, getting your oars ready, and putting plugs in the drift boat.

4. Load up your boat first at the staging area as well. Load your life jackets, cooler, boat bag, fly rods, and raingear before backing in. There’s nothing worse than waiting for someone to do all of this while they’re clogging up a spot on the ramp, slowing down everyone behind them. Not all boaters are polite or patient and you’ll get a well-deserved earful if you are the person slowing everyone else down.

5. Know how to back up a trailer. Sounds simple but waiting for someone who has jackknifed a trailer while ten groups wait their turn is a common issue on the river.

6. WAIT YOUR TURN in the queue. DO NOT cut people off.

7. Drop your boat in quickly but SAFELY. Watch for people walking around on the ramp behind you or boats that may be in the way. Move your boat quickly away from the ramp and secure it or anchor it. DO NOT anchor directly in from of the ramp.

8. After dropping in and anchoring away from the ramp, quickly but safely pull your rig off the ramp. This is not the time to load your boat up with gear from your rig. Proceed to the parking area

9. DO NOT drive like a maniac around boat ramps and parking areas. There are people who will not be paying attention. Often there are small children around who have no idea what is going on and don’t understand the danger of moving vehicles and boat trailers in areas with limited visibility.

10. DO NOT rig your fly rods with your boat on the ramp or while your boat is parked in the water directly in front of the ramp. This is a very common and annoying problem that prevents people behind you from putting in quickly. Row your boat a short distance from the ramp and rig there. Better yet rig your fly rods before you even drop your boat in and then load them into the boat before you drop in.

11. Get in your boat and float well away from the ramp and then begin fishing. Dodging backcasts on the ramp is not fun.

12. BE READY for the takeout before you get there. Have your boat buttoned up and well organized before reaching the ramp.

13. DO NOT stage your boat directly on the ramp. Park upstream in a safe spot like an eddy and make sure your boat is well anchored or tied off.

14 WAIT YOUR TURN in the queue if there are boats ahead of you. This is a great time to derig rods, zip up boat bags, secure life jackets, pick up trash in the boat and tie down oars.

15. Head to your vehicle while the boat ahead of you is taking out. Back down when your spot opens and load your boat quickly. Now is not the time to rehash the day’s fishing. Get off the ramp quickly.

16. DO NOT load every piece of gear on the boat into your truck while your boat sits on the ramp and those behind you wait. You’ll get some dirty looks if you’re clogging up traffic behind you. Leave the gear in the boat and move your vehicle and boat away from the ramp. Load your gear into your vehicle there.

17. Just because you are on a boat ramp on a more remote or less busy section of river does not mean you can throw these rules out the window. Be considerate of the boat that might show up any minute.

18. Offer a helping hand wherever and whenever possible. Helping to pull a boat on or off a trailer, moving gear out of the way, politely directing traffic or advising onlookers to stay safely out of the way will all go a long ways to speed things up.

19. Many visiting fishing and whitewater clients do understand the chaos or potential danger of boat ramps. Let them know the safest place is well away from the ramp.

20. You will deal with boaters who will not follow any of these rules. Deal with it as politely as possible. Screaming at someone rarely makes things go faster. Be polite and have fun. Sometimes during the busy season waiting on others is just part of the program at the boat ramp.

Here’s to a safe and fun summer of float fishing on Colorado’s rivers. We’re excited at Vail Valley Anglers for the best fly fishing of the year.

Brody Henderson, Guide and Content Writer

Monday, April 3, 2017

New Sled

The team at Adipose Boatworks built us a new sled for the rivers of the west.
We are very pleased with "rainwater" color and Derek DeYoung Brown Trout
infused logo, the combination looks sharp. Now time to shut up and fish....

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Smith River Story by North 40

A real nice video short put together by the crew over at the North 40 Flyshop. Floating the 
Smith River in Montana is pure heaven, doing it low flows like this fella's did would be a hoot,
just cause they would have the river all to themselves, and see it in a truly different light and perspective than the rest of have. Seeing the clear, low water, casting to the large fish that can
inhabit this river, oh, that would be super. Sit back and enjoy this short, it has been out a bir,
hopefully you have not seen it.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Evening on the Deschutes River

As the sun slowly sets, and the last few long casts, and drifts with the hopes of 
landing that one last steelhead of the day, fade away. Soon we will loaded on the jet boat head
back to camp for cocktails and fabulous meal, cooked streamside.
What a way to spend a couple of days. 
Oh, so ready to go back and do it again.......

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Contradiction by Redington

     

Escape to Montana's  legendary Bighorn River with Rich,  a fly angler and hard-rock miner form 
Billings who works hard to play hard no matter the season. he understands what it means to be a 
contradiction, and his store highlights the nuanced relationship every angler has with the river. At the of it all, though, Rich understands one vital truth about his identity. He's a fly fisherman, just like the rest of us.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Just around the Corner

Oh, just around the corner will be the Tax Day or Mothers Day Caddis hatches everyone 
loves to chase and fish in the Rocky Mtn. West. I just love the way the trout crash, slash, jump and 
explode out of the water to chase these great bugs. 
My recent favorite of past couple of years is the Delectable Caddis, fished with either the legs on , or 
plucked off, your simple choice. Either way will slay.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

New Friends

It always amazing how you meet new fishing friends and keep in touch. Well when I met Bob and his wonder wife Nancy they were joining Mary and I for a wonderful saltwater trip chasing bones, permit and tarpon, while learning more creative ways to use our cameras. Since the Bob and I have kept in touch and will meet in Montana in a few weeks to pester the trout of the Big Sky country.
Heres to new found fishing friends and your old trust pals!
Fish Hard life is short.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Home Stretch

The Home Stretch - as you roll from the dam or Wolf Creek Bridge into Craig on the 
Missouri River. Always means you can get the boat loaded and head to Joe's for a cold one.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Foundations by Shane Scherholz

A real quality story line and excellent videography by Shane Scherholz. A great morning 
watch with a cup of coffee, before the morning newspaper. Great inspiration....

Monday, March 20, 2017

Addition to the Family




Spring has spring, and so did the checkbook, as Floatfisher added another element to the camera arsenal, with the Aquatech Elite underwater housing for our Nikon D750. In following some of the great fishing photographers that are out there these days, the 50/50 shots and water releases are quite beautiful. As we get the opportunity to travel and visit a few more of the freshwater and especially the saltwater destinations, it could and will add a new element to our fishing and trips. 
 First big trip is to the other room to submerge and test in the bathtub. Yippee......
More to follow in the coming months.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Olive Midge Body Soft Hackle

Olive Midge Body Soft Hackle
Hook: Alec Jackson, North Country Hook, # 11
Thread: 8/0 Tan
Body: Montana Fly, Olive Midge Body
Soft Hackle: Premium Partridge, Blue Ribbon Flies
Head: Montana Fly, Olive Midge Body

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Beautiful Art by Jeffrey Craven

Came across this very talented artist awhile back, but was reminded of him as he was featured in
a recent issue of Big Sky Journal. I am always fond of artists with skills of in watercolors and oil. In addition Jeffrey Craven resides in Ririe, ID, just outside of Idaho Falls on the South Fork of the Snake.

 " Browns and Diamonds on the Ruby " watercolor
" Mid Summers Eve " watercolor
" Evening Hatch " Oil on Board

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Seattle Sights

Will be headed to Seattle in a few weeks, can't wait, as it is one of my favorite places walk around and see. Always so many photo opportunities, great micro brews and great sushi. The market is pretty cool place to cruise around and check out too.

Sure wish I was headed over to Forks, to cast to a few chromers while I was out there, sure do miss
fishing for Steel this year. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

" Soul of a City "

Every so often Yeti puts out another gem amidst the plethora of real nice videos shorts
that they put out every three weeks or so. Soul of a City is a good down home story of an
eclectic artisan, Evan Voyles. Yeti shares his store of a lost art of neon sign building, oh, so cool.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Ditch Day


A beautiful day would greet us for the maiden launch of the new boat to break in the 2017 fishing season. This by far is the latest start to the fishing season we have had on 6-8 years, and it showed because of the current level of stress. Well with work and family obligations now behind us, it is time
to get with the day on the river and fish. 
 The new boat would not disappoint, although a bit heavier that our 3 previous outfits ( this one has a few more bells and whistles) it tracked and rowed very nicely. We would also experiment with longer oars than we previously had, but again, work well and rowed like a dream.
Having caught the first $8000 fish, to break in the boat, an IPA would be in order, and aptly the new Vessel  would be named, "Melvin" after this delicious IPA for Melvin  Brewing. Melvin fits the boat perfect.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Trico Spinner by Greg Garcia

One of the first few Greg produced back in 2015, but a solid for the fly box. Greg shows
you a couple great tricks in this video, especially the tip on splitting the fibbet tails, and fishing 
the spinner drowned as a nymph. Sit back and give this a view, then twist up a few for your box.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

It's Time

It looks like the stars will finally align to get the new boat out on the ditch this weekend.
It is far overdue, as my stress level has hit the all time high, and it is time for the first fish, a few photos and cigar.  That should put everything back in perspective. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Lunch on the Tulips

A beautiful lunch spot on the Humptulips River in Washington State. A stunning steelhead river, that would treat us to a fantastic day of fishing and amazing scenery.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Copper and Partridge

Copper and Partridge
Hook: Alec Jackson North Country Soft Hackle 11-13
Body Thread: Clear Mono
Rib: Sm. Copper Wire
Soft Hackle: Blue Ribbon premium Partridge
Head Thread: 8/0 Brown
Head Dubbing: Brown UV Ice Dubbing

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Time Well Spent

Snow is melting, shelf ice is subsiding, it is now time to dust off the gear and head to the ditch.
Time spent on the river, stream and lake is stress relieving even when the catching is not great.
Hearing the peaceful flow of the water, gulps of the rising fish, and the occasional internal smile when  that fish is hooked. River time  is Time Well Spent.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Guide Gear

Sometimes just the essential are nestled next to the guide as he eases you down the river 
in search of the rising fish. A little tippet, well a couple of flies and of course some Copenhagen to take the edge off the morning .

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hurricane Remnants

 Depending on the severity of the wind and waves as the hurricanes roll
past the island, the docks take some of the worst beatings. Many were still under repair
and being rebuilt on our recent trip.

Always to bad, as there are many fish the hang around the docks, so such a great place
to spot, watch and fish.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Rusty Rat

 Perfect for Thursday, as a decent portion of the country is getting foul weather, what 
better time than to kick back and watch a little fly tying. In this episode, Tim Flagler,
ties the tried and true, Rusty Rat.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Blue Midge

 Blue Midge
Low, clear cold water calls for small flies. The Blue Midge can be just the answer on
those warming days when the fish get active. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Tarpon and Trout

I had really never thought about the geography of Costa Rica, and it having the elevation
to sustain the habitat for trout. When I came across this neat little video short from Backwater Fly 
Fishing I was intrigued. Well probably not enough to skip the other great species, UNLESS, time was no issue. Always, worth the watch, and a good little soundtrack to boot.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Off the Clock

Kind of nice way to end the work week. Off the Clock is a nice little short for 
the team a R.L. Winston, kicking' on the home waters. Happy Friday....

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Great Big Story- Feather King


 Raising Rooster with the Feather King
What came first: the rooster or its beautiful plumage. For Tom Whiting, the owner and founder of
Whiting Farms, the two go hand in hand. The Colorado-based poultry genetics and production company specializes in breeding roosters whose stunning feathers are mainly sold for fly tying. With a rooster taking a full year to grow to maturity and 80,000 on site. Whiting's work is a true labor
of love.

This great story brought to you by Really Big Stories / A CNN Film Collaboration









Thursday, January 19, 2017

" Big Gulps"

Just because it is still a long ways till we get action like this, it was only appropriate to post
a video short of nice fish scarfing salmon flies . I just love the way the eat with wild abandonment.
OH, I can't wait to wet said and float.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Fly Fishing Film Tour 17'

The Fly Fishing Tour film wagon drives into Denver this weekend for a couple of shows, just to break up the monotony of winter and work. I am particularly motivated to see Corozan from Off the Grid Studios, as our friend Bryan Gregson did some work on the film, and shared some of the details with Mary and I while in Belize. Sounds like a fantastic story of an amazing person. 

The show will be held downtown at the City Amphitheater , a fantastic venue for these films with ample seating, great screen and good sound. Two shows, 4pm and 7:30 pm. Being the old folks, we like the 4pm show, not as loud and you don't have listen to the want-bee's flyfisherman.
Enjoy, looks like a good line of films.

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Boat Smell

New Year, New Boat

 Always nice to have fresh new rubber to start off 2017. Once again Riverboat Works did a nice job with our build and the special items we wanted. Our other Hyside lasted 9 years and logged well over 5500 river miles. I am sure we will get many more years from this boat, as we will share many more river miles with the Adipose skiff. Nice to have a boat for all waters, well except a flats boat:( Guess I  will have to retire first for that one.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

October Flashback


On a day when the snow has fallen non-stop and temperatures are
near zero, it was nice to receive an email with a few photos from our 
recent trip to Belize.
 A bend in the rod bring warmth to the day. Oh so ready to head 
back for more.
Photo's Courtesy of Bryan Gregson