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Nate at 6:00 PM on Sunday, Nov 23rd, 2014

November 23, 2014 South Fork of the Boise River (in the canyon): Sunshine/40+ Degrees/Wind Upriver, consistent but not unfishable.

[Note River Conditions: Swollen from snow melt and off color with pretty heavy sediment]   The second I looked at the river, I knew right then that it would be a tough day to chase a fish. Any time there is discolored water, that means the fish are being fed from a different source other than a midge or a BWO hatch. When there is sediment, a part of that mixture rolling down the river is ground food like grubs and worms. Often the fish will disregard a hatch to indulge themselves on the rich...
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Geoff at 8:00 PM on Friday, Nov 21st, 2014

November 21, 2014 South Fork of the Boise River Report: Partly Cloudy/No Wind/40 Degrees

After a week of very cold weather, we finally had a break in the system, and the afternoon highs were going to be above freezing today. Cabin fever and being couped up in the house for a week is very bad for a guy like me. What is a man to do when conditions are prime? You go fishing of course! That is exactly what I did. It was an absolute drop-dead gorgeous day with zero wind and no chance of frozen eyes, lines, or leaders. I left M Town at 9:30 because I...
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Nate at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014

Dry Fly Academy

For those of you who read our blogs and know our history, there is one thing that’s pretty consistent: We catch a lot of fish and a lot of big fish on a dry fly. In each of the blogs we post, we try to provide an honest account of exactly what happened on that specific fishing day. We provide detailed, real-life fishing scenarios that you might encounter in an effort to assist you when that occurrence reappears in your world. We tell you the exact bugs that caught fish on that day,...
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Geoff at 5:00 PM on Friday, Nov 14th, 2014

November 14, 2014 Owyhee River Fishing Report: Snowing/28 Degrees/No Wind

When I was leaving work on Thursday, it had already been discussed that it would be better for me to work from home on Friday and tie some bugs for the company because of impending weather conditions forecasted for Friday. Around 8:45 a.m. today, my dad calls and says, “I will be driving by your house in about 30 minutes; do you want to go fish the “O?” Wow that was a mighty tough decision: Stay home and stare at a vise all day or go chase a fish? Needless to...
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Nate at 12:00 AM on Monday, Nov 10th, 2014

November 10, 2014 SF Boise River (in canyon) Report: Sunshine/48 Degrees/Really Hard Wind Blowing Straight Upriver

There can be rain. There can be snow. There can be sunshine. There can be cloudy skies. All of these weather conditions can be easily adaptable to dry fly fishing. BUT! When the wind blows hard, you must make major modifications to be successful with a dry fly. I have often said the one weather factor that can shut you down on a dry fly is wind; but in most cases, if you analyze the topography of the section of river you're fishing, you can still catch fish...
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Debbie at 12:00 AM on Sunday, Nov 9th, 2014

November 9, 2014 SF Boise River Report

[Thank you, Hoagie, for the report!] I hit the upper SFB with Aurelle this afternoon for the BWO hatch. The hatch started at 1:30 sort of slowly with individual fish (although it was already going gangbuster in the lake above the tailwater). I set up my rod with a Searcher and walked along the road a little bit looking for heads. I saw a steady riser on the other side, so I crossed the river and got a bead on that fish from slightly above him. Without casting the Searcher even once, I nipped...
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Nate at 9:00 PM on Friday, Nov 7th, 2014

November 7, 2014 Middle Fork Boise River Report: 58 Degrees/Partial Sun/Stiff Breeze Upriver

About once a year I jump in the rig and make the painful drive to the Middle Fork Boise River. The road is always super rough, very narrow, and single lane through large parts of the canyon, but I love the Middle Fork and something would be missing if I didn't visit there at least once a year. On this run, my timing was a little off. The river was running high from the recent rains and it was a bit murky. Discolored water never aids a dry fly fisherman; and in most cases, fish...
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Nate at 12:00 AM on Tuesday, Nov 4th, 2014

November 4, 2014 SF Boise River Report (in the canyon): Overcast/Slight Breeze/58 Degrees

I was on a twofold mission today: Number 1 – We needed some fresh fish footage so we packed the camera; and, Number 2 – I wanted to test what would be the most effective BWO pattern, if we could find that hatch. We tie numerous BWO patterns in all phases of the hatch, but I rarely fish them all in a day’s fishing to do comparisons. Well, we got some pretty good new footage and at the end of this blog, I’ll give you my very scientific results on the BWO study. Geoffrey and I...
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Nate at 6:00 AM on Sunday, Nov 2nd, 2014

November 1, 2014 Boise River (in Town) Report: 48 Degrees/Hard Rain/Mild Wind

Just a quick report from the Boise River in town: I only fished about three hours in the afternoon on Saturday, but it was a wild three hours. The rain was coming down so hard that the whole surface of the water was covered with rain bubbles, and the visibility of the fly was severely diminished. Around 1:30 a mega-hatch of very small BWOs exploded; and rain or not, the river was bottoms up with feeding fish.  I was in my rain gear so I was...
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