Sunday, April 27, 2008

Evening River Bite

The day was windy and cold but warmed towards the afternoon so I headed out to a local lake to try it for the first time this season. Nothing was going on at the lake and the 7 other parties fishing there when I arrived were all gone within an hour and a half of my arrival. Even a completely vacant lake provided no action. Looking to salvage the evening it seemed that maybe running water would be a better option and possibly provide a little shelter from the wind. The river turned out to be a good decision with some healthy brown trout making the evening a delight. As the sun waned and the shadows fell across the water they became a little more active as well.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Ice Is Finally Melting

We finally have some of the higher elevation lakes beginning to ice out this year. High winds assisted the ice loss throughout the day on this particular body of water. We had some decent ice out fishing for smaller rainbows in the 10 to 14 inch range. I also managed my first snake river cutthroat for the year... nothing monsterous but nice to see a cutthroat in April. A little river time produced one decent but snaky brown trout as well while swinging buggers.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

First Stillwater Pontoon Trip

First stillwater trip of the year! Three of us got together at an ice free, local lake on a windless day. We had a good time picking up fat lake fed rainbows in the 14 to 18 inch range.

First Stillwater Pontoon Trip

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Quiet Time On The River

Adam and I made a river trip and the fish were a little more active and aggressive than the week before. They were moving on the flies and generally had more energy. Adam found some nice bows and browns while I had an exclusively brown trout day. The weather held out even though it seemed to be threatening all day, it just never quite stormed on us. The wildlife sightings were many with mountain bluebirds, cranes, blue heron, bald and golden eagles, hawks of all sorts, a falcon and many mammals too with muskrat, antelope, and plenty of mulies including the famous albino mule deer. A nice day to take it all in and relax in the outdoors.