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Nate at 11:00 PM on Sunday, Sep 28th, 2014

September 28, 2014 Owyhee River Report (Morning Shift): Hard Rain/No Wind/50+ Degrees

I woke to the same sound I went to sleep with—hard rain pelting the vehicle. Several times I woke during the night and it was raining then as well. I donned the waders and boot, grabbed the 4wt rod, and slipped out to the river. It was barely daylight, raining hard, and the surface of the water was producing zero targets. I held up under a large poplar tree and studied the surface over a 200 yard stretch of river. After 20 minutes, I didn’t spot a single fish rise...
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Nate at 11:00 PM on Saturday, Sep 27th, 2014

September 27, 2014 Owyhee River Report (The Night Shift): Dense Cloud Cover/65 degrees/Hard rain just at dark/Slight breeze blowing upriver

So, I have this wacko idea that I could catch the late afternoon and evening feeding hour at the "O," then spend the night and turn back around and hit the early shift in the morning. I visualized I'd have fish up in both of those time windows, plus with the overcast conditions, I'd see BWOs to encourage the bite. Well, a man can be wrong about many things, and I couldn't have been any more incorrect in my fish assessment. I leave Boise at 1 p.m. under threatening rainclouds and arrived at the river...
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Nate at 12:00 AM on Friday, Sep 19th, 2014

September 19, 2014 SF Boise River Report: Sunny/80+ degrees/Mild to gusting wing blowing upstream

(Note from Peach: Give yourself plenty of time here--grab your bottle of water and small snack--Nate went verbose here!) There are those days in dry fly fishing that almost seem surreal. You saw it, you lived it, and yet at the end of the day you ask yourself, "Did that really happen?" I had one of those days today that included one of the biggest fish I have ever landed on the South Fork and along with that, four other fish exceeding 20 inches in length. It wasn't only the length of the fish that...
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Geoff at 12:00 AM on Tuesday, Sep 16th, 2014

September 16, 2014 Owyhee River Fishing Report: Rain Early Morning/Overcast until noon/ Hot, Hot, Hot

It’s not every day your boss comes up to you and says you need to go fish the Owyhee River and I need you stay there all day. I was 100 percent okay with having a straight-up fishing day, but I have not fished all day on the “O” since the summer started. We really needed to find out what was happening throughout all parts of the day. The Trico/Midge hatch at daylight has been very productive, but we needed to know what “Searcher” bug would be a go-to fly for people in the afternoon. The...
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Nate at 11:00 PM on Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014

September 9, 2014 South Fork Boise River Report: 75 Degrees/Hard wind blowing upriver and Swirling

I hate not knowing what the water conditions are on the South Fork Boise River, so every so often I pile into the car and go find out. Here’s the report on water clarity: The upper end of the river is relatively clear and you can see to the bottom at almost any depth. The water becomes a little more cloudy by the time you reach Cow Creek, but still very fishable. The problem area on the river is from Granite Creek to Danskin where an enormous amount of sediment has been deposited...
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Geoff at 2:28 PM on Monday, Sep 8th, 2014

Little Boulder Lakes Video Blog

Music by Nathan Brumley (Bitterroot Selway Band) "Purgatory"
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Nate at 11:00 PM on Friday, Sep 5th, 2014

September 1-5 Little Boulder Chain Lakes: Brilliant sunshine/constant winds/day temp mid 50s/night temp well below freezing/heavy frost in a.m.

This blog entry will capsulize a 5-day backpacking trip within the White Clouds Mountains, Idaho. I had fished the Big Boulder Chain Lakes last year (See Blog posts for August 19-23, 2013). It was a spectacular trip with breathtaking scenery and some pretty darn good fishing. The Big Boulder Lakes lay in the next drainage over to the northwest of Little Boulder Lakes. In a perfect world, backpacking to alpine locations would always be like this: You catch big fish at every lake you visit,...
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Nate at 12:00 AM on Sunday, Aug 17th, 2014

August 17, 2014 South Fork Boise River Fishing Report: Early Sun, Late Afternoon Clouds/ Mild Breeze both Up and Downriver/ 90 Degrees at 5:00 p.m., Still No Hatches of any Kind

I write blogs. On most of those days I figure out a dry fly that administers the joining of one bug and one fish. Well let me tell you what it’s like when you get your butt kicked. The South Fork was murky and a ton of debris was floating the surface all day. Nothing I tied was working and when they did work, I couldn’t get the darn fish to the darn net. Even when all three of us in the boat are looking at a real big rainbow just beside the boat, he...
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Geoff at 12:00 AM on Friday, Aug 15th, 2014

August 14, 2014 Bighole River Morning Shift (Day 5): 60 Degrees/No Wind/Perfect Hatch Morning

We left the motel at 5:00 a.m. to get to the river by daylight in the same spot we ended on the day before. We had diagnosed the river and knew there would be a hatch of some nature coming off. When we entered the water, there were little green tricos coming off and there were a few sporadic heads. The hatch was not overly intense but we had a few good targets to shoot at and they did succumb to the new tester trico bug tied specifically for the Montana trico hatch...
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Geoff at 11:00 PM on Thursday, Aug 14th, 2014

August 13, 2014 Ruby River and Big Hole River at Twin Bridges Report (Day 4): 75 Degrees, No Wind

We left Hebgen Lake very early for two reasons—the mosquitos were that bad and Robert had business to tend to so we needed to find cell service. We entered Ennis around 7:45 a.m. and grabbed some drinks and went to the little park in town. I was in blog mode while he was doing business; after about 20 minutes of blog mode, he came over and said his teleconference had changed times, so we loaded up the truck and headed to the Ruby River. The Ruby is a small stream that is all accessible from...
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