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Nate at 12:00 AM on Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2015

April 22, 2015 Beaverhead River Report: Hot, 75 degrees/Wind upriver/Gathering clouds but no rain

Day 6: The Beaverhead was running low, I’d guess maybe 40cfs coming out of the dam. The section from the dam downriver seven miles was closed to fishing so I began my day in the rocky canyon section thinking there might still be a skwala in the system. My tie-on bug was a Slow Stone Brown #10 and I hucked that bug around for an hour without a take. I had a couple of false takes and a swirl or two under the hook, but nothing ate the bug. I moved downriver just above Grass...
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Nate at 12:00 AM on Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015

April 21, 2015 Big Hole River Report: Sunshine/Hot, 70 degrees/Wind upriver

Day 5: After writing the previous day’s blog, I entered the river just outside of camp and began fishing the bottom end of a big long hatch riffle. There were no fish rising so I progressed to the top end of the riffle to do a little “Searcher” fishing. The previous day on the Madison, the Black Gold Hard Back had spanked the fish, so naturally it was my-tie on bug for the morning. I Searcher fished the entire top end of the run and got a 12-inch brownie to eat along with a shiny 13-inch rainbow...
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Nate at 12:00 AM on Monday, Apr 20th, 2015

April 20, 2015 Madison River Report: Hot, close to 70 degrees/blue sky/Wind upriver

Day 4: I spent the night at the Varmy put-in about 10 miles out of Ennis. The weather had been consistent all three days I’d fished: Warm and bright sunshine. I knew the small bugs that would normally hatch (midges and BWOs) were not going to materialize, so I banked on the idea that I must find a big bug that fish would eat. As warm as it had been, maybe the leading edge of the skwala hatch would have started. Hell, is there even a skwala hatch on the Madison River? Well if there...
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Nate at 12:00 AM on Sunday, Apr 19th, 2015

April 19, 2015 Henry’s Fork (Last Chance): Sunshine/stiff wind downriver/50 Degrees

Day 3: It was a bright blue-bird day and a hard wind blowing downriver, certainly not the best of conditions to chase big rainbows on a midge. I hunted the river from the mouth of Box Canyon to the boat dock without identifying a single feeding fish. The midges were in the system in swarms at times, but few of them were settling on the surface, and the wind was blowing them into disarray. I moved down to the log jam in hopes there would be a few feeding fish. When I arrived at the...
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Nate at 12:00 AM on Saturday, Apr 18th, 2015

April 18, 2014 Henry’s Fork Report: Warm, 65 Degrees/Wind stiff downriver/Sunshine

Day 2: Around 12:00 noon I dropped into the Henry’s just above Chester and started walking upstream. Immediately there were caddis, lots of caddis in the brush line and flying over the water. I thought, “Wow fish up on caddis...I’m prepared for that.” Things are never what they seem in dry fly as it was today…. The caddis were the early-season variety: Baetis green body, size #20 and #18 perfectly matched with the Baetis Emperor Caddis #20 and #18. I chased that caddis all day and all she did was serve...
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Nate at 12:00 AM on Friday, Apr 17th, 2015

April 17, 2015 Big Lost River Fishing Report: Sunshine/Mild breeze downriver/65 degrees

This blog entry will be the first in a series of blogs depicting a trout bum run. At this point I have no idea what the schedule or the agenda might be; all I know is I’ll be fishing for the next few days. I have no plans for where I’ll be fishing, all I know is I’ll be fishing. Day 1 It was my intention to reach the Henry’s Fork on the first day, but I took a little too much time pit stopping with my dog, Mudd. I find myself just outside of...
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Geoff at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, Apr 1st, 2015

March 31, 2015 South Fork Boise River Fishing Report: 60 degrees/Breezy Upriver/Slight overcast

Note: Our Calendar Blog allows only one entry per day. This represents fishing on the last day of the season, March 31. After fishing the day yesterday, I had a pretty good plan hatched for how to approach today. With the temperatures changing, I thought maybe the BWO hatch would happen earlier and stay longer in the day. I had camped out the night before up in the hills of the South Fork and I entered the river around 8:00 a...
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Geoff at 10:00 PM on Tuesday, Mar 31st, 2015

March 30, 2015 South Fork Boise River Fishing Report: 75 degrees/Slight wind downriver/HOT, HOT, HOT!

Note: Our Calendar Blog allows only one entry per day. Both Nate and Geoff fished on the same day, 3/30, even though this displays on the 31st We at Dry Fly Innovations have had a longstanding tradition of fishing the South Fork Boise River right before the season closes. This year was no different, but Dad was fishing on the South Fork Snake River with Joe Bare, so that left me to tackle the chore by myself (I really prefer it that way sometimes). Usually we have a show that ends around the end of March...
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