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July 8, 2019 Harriman Ranch Fishing Report: 60°/Overcast and light rain/South wind upriver

Nate & Geoff at 12:00 AM on Monday, Jul 8th, 2019
Day 6 We’d found a pretty sweet run of water across the river so naturally we’re on the fisherman’s trail at 8 AM headed there. Yesterday there were a lot of bugs and some big rainbows ready to eat them. Today was a different day with heavy overcast, cooler temperatures, and intervals of light rain. There are no bugs and zero rising fish. We sit along the shoreline for a couple of hours and the flat is still lifeless. Finally around 10:30 a few brown and green drakes appear. Along with the bug arrival,...
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July 7, 2019 Harriman Ranch Fishing Report: 78°/Partly cloudy/South wind blowing upriver

Nate & Geoff at 3:38 PM on Sunday, Jul 7th, 2019
Day 5 Geoff and I finally give up on Hebgen and for the first time, we focused our attention solely on the Ranch. Over the past several evenings we’d noticed most of the larger fish were feeding on the opposite side of the river. The river is too deep to wade so the only option was to hike in from the Osborn Bridge. At a little before 8 AM we’re on the trail headed downriver. After a mile and a half walk we’re standing on the shoreline viewing a lifeless river. There are no...
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July 6, 2019 Hebgen Lake, Montana Dry Fly then Harriman Ranch Fishing Report: 65°/Partly cloudy/Mild wind in all directions

Nate & Geoff at 12:00 AM on Saturday, Jul 6th, 2019
Day 4 Our objective on this trip was to film lake footage and even though Hebgen didn’t explode yesterday, it still produced two big fish. Geoff and I both thought we could do better, so we arrive at Hebgen Lake around 7:30 AM and move to the same point we fished yesterday. There’s no wind, a glassy surface, and zero fish rising for a quarter mile around us. We hunt the flat for over an hour with only an occasional rise all of which were way out of casting range. Over the next hour I get...
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July 4, 2019 Hebgen Lake, Montana Dry Fly Fishing Report: 65°/Partly cloudy/Wind in all directions

Nate & Geoff at 12:00 AM on Thursday, Jul 4th, 2019
Day 2 Geoff and I are developing a new presentation involving still water dry fly fishing. As a part of that offering, we wanted to include the gulpers at Hebgen Lake. So we show up at Hebgen at 9 AM with camera in hand hoping the dry fly fishing had started there. We gear up and walk to an extended point that intercepts a transition line from shallow to deep water. I pull up 30 feet short of the shoreline and view the field. Instantly I mark a big fish feeding tight against the...
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July 3, 2019 Henry’s Fork (Chester to Fun Farm) Dry Fly Fishing Report: 78°/Sunny with puffy clouds/Wind upriver/Flow 2200cfs

Nate & Geoff at 3:12 PM on Wednesday, Jul 3rd, 2019
Note: Geoffrey and I spent a week at a base camp just outside of Last Chance (July 3-8). From that home base we fished the lower Henry’s (Chester to the Fun Farm), Hebgen Lake, Montana, and the Harriman Ranch. It was our objective to film most of this expedition to freshen our video library and share the action with you. The following summaries of the locations we fished will be accompanied by the still photos (as usual). We’ll place the video segments in an upcoming blog once we’ve broken down the 14 hours of filming...
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April 15, 2019 Owyhee River Dry Fly Fishing Report: 55°/Heavily overcast and rain in late afternoon/Mild breeze upriver

Nate at 12:00 AM on Monday, Apr 15th, 2019
Day 1 Happy Tax Day to Me! I just returned from the Henry’s Fork last week and targets on big fish were hard to find. Not so on the Owyhee… I start my morning early on a long slick right below camp. It’s dead calm and I spot a pod of fish about midway down the run. They’re plucking the early arrivals of BWOs randomly scattered on the surface. I wade the river and walk to a point below all rising fish. My tie-on bug is a #20 BWO Colored Emerger...
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June 6 Henry's Fork (around Ashton) Dry Fly Fishing Report: 78°/Overcast then sun/Mild breeze downriver

Nate at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, Jun 6th, 2018
Day 14 There are many challenges to a rising fish on the Henry’s Fork. The targets appear mostly in the center of the river around structure (boulders and high-growing moss beds). The currents are broken down into macros and micros each moving in a different direction and speed. A big fish will rise in place maybe a half dozen times then totally disappear. Many of the hatch flats are 200-plus yards long and my lethal range is only 90 feet. When you have the good fortune of being in range, the fish will only...
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October 25, 2015 South Fork Snake River above Jackson Wintr Dry Fly Fishing Report: 45°/Light wind/Overcast

Nate at 3:39 PM on Sunday, Oct 25th, 2015
Day 2: South Fork Snake River above Jackson: I’ll write this blog, but there is no way I can express how awesome one single day of fishing could be!! We were up at 6:00 AM and out the door headed for Jackson. The shuttle services were all shut down for the season, so we had to take two vehicles – Joe’s car and the boat and my car as the shuttle. It’s a two-hour drive one way to reach the section of river we intended to fish. Daylight found us at the top of...
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December 27, 2014 South Fork Boise River Winter Dry Fly Fishing Report: 30°/Overcast/Very little wind

Nate at 8:00 PM on Saturday, Dec 27th, 2014
Dry fly fishing in late December is not defined by how well you fish—it’s more about how well you hunt, stock, and deliver. By this time of year the days of the bottoms-up BWO hatches where the surface is littered with rising fish are over. Rises are sporadic and spread out over large bodies of water and rarely does a fish peek its head up and you’re right there to serve him a fly. More times than not you spot the rise, mark the exact location of the fish, and set up an approach specifically to hook...
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June 27, 2014 Henry's Fork of the Snake River (Harriman Ranch Section) Dry Fly Fishing Report: Wind 5-10 MPH Out of the South

Nate at 11:24 AM on Friday, Jun 27th, 2014
Day 3: I awoke to the sound of hard rain pounding on the roof of the vehicle. I was in a campground called Cherry Creek along the west shore of Hebgen Lake. The low clouds had set in and not only was it raining, it had all indications it would rain for a long time. I loaded the rig in the rain and headed for the Henry’s Fork, Harriman Ranch section. I had fished it about a week and a half ago and thought I might want to refresh my memory. Refer to blog dated...
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May 28, 2014 SF Boise River Dry Fly Fishing Report: 70°+ /Hard afternoon wind from all directions

Nate at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
There are times when you dry fly fish that too much of a good thing becomes a problem. A good thing is bugs at the surface and fish up eating them. The good thing goes bad when there are so many bugs at the surface that the fish can't eat them all. Every fish in the system is so packed full of that bug that there is no room left in its stomach to eat. That's exactly the way the South Fork felt today. The caddis hatch was so profuse that there were thousands of...
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