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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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Nate at 11:00 PM on Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014

August 13, 2014 SF Boise River Report: Breezy at times both up and downriver wind/Low 80s/Intermittent rain, overcast, and sunny

I read the local fishing reports and oftentimes I ask, “Have these people actually fished this river or do they just throw an old canned report in from hearsay?” I’ve been a bit hungry for information on the SF of the Boise, and the only way I would really know is go. I’ll clue you in on the fishing, but here’s a rundown of what you can expect from the Arrowrock Dam to Danskin: The reservoir seems very full for this time of year; it’s probably 20 feet down from capacity. The spillway release has...
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Geoff at 11:00 PM on Tuesday, Aug 12th, 2014

August 12, 2014 Henry's Fork of the Snake River "Ranch" (Day 3): Overcast, 65 degrees/ Little Wind

One of the coolest aspects of fishing with Robert is he really enjoys reading books on how to fish certain rivers in certain windows. The particular book he was reading stated that there are honey ants that appear on the ranch and you can fish them during certain times of the day. We show up to the river at the appropriate time and we enter the water and see our first head. It was a subtle head up and it never reappeared. We walk downriver some more and spot another head. We decided that I...
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Geoff at 11:00 PM on Monday, Aug 11th, 2014

August 11, 2014 South Fork of the Snake River Fishing Report (Day 2): Hot, Very Little Wind

I would first like to start this by saying a big thank you to Joe Bare for taking Robert and I down the canyon. When Joe offers to take you fishing you really only have one answer, and that is, “What time are we going?” Joe picked Robert up at the airport on Monday morning and by 11:00 we were getting the boat ready to float the canyon. My tie-on bug was a Black Gold #6 and Robert had on a “Bitterroot Golden Stone.” We weren’t a quarter of a mile into our float before there...
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Geoff at 11:00 PM on Sunday, Aug 10th, 2014

August 10, 2014 SF Snake River-Day 1 (Should've been in Montana)

I have a good fishing friend who called and had one small window to go chase fish on a dry fly; and of course he told me the dates, and I said, “I'm in!” I was supposed to pick him up in Idaho Falls around 3:00 p.m. One never wants to get a phone message saying call me ASAP. When coming from Boise and taking the Arco route, cell service is very spotty; so around 2:30 I finally get a hold of him and he says his flight has been canceled and it takes off at...
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Nate at 11:00 PM on Sunday, Aug 10th, 2014

August 10, 2014 Owyhee River Morning Shift Report: No wind/Clear but hazy

At 5 a.m. I’m backing out of the driveway with a hazy brown moon hanging in the western sky. I drive straight through to Adrian and under the light of the Mirage sign, I rig my rod. My tie-on bug on the 4wt was a black on black Colored Emerger #20. It was still too dark to fish on the low side of the river, but it seemed like every time there was reflective light at the surface, I’d see a fish rise. By the time I reached mid-river, I’m seeing more fish, sometimes...
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Nate at 12:00 AM on Thursday, Aug 7th, 2014

August 1, 2014 Bitterroot River, MT Fishing Report Day 2: Cloudy/80 degrees/Slight breeze

(Note: This blog for Day 2 was inadvertently missing on August 1 then posted to FaceBook and Twitter. We are re-posting it today so it will not interfere with any links to FB or Twitter. Sorry for any inconvenience!) I've said many times that you can catch 2 dozen fish in a day and still get your butt kicked. That's the way I felt after fishing the main Bitterroot between Darby and Hamilton. The river made no contributions in the form of a hatch of any kind. There were no mayflies, there were...
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