Easy Day

Big Hole River 761 cfs
Jefferson River 941 cfs

I had an angler in my boat today who actually made my job easy. We fished dry fly’s all day and he knew how to present them with perfect drag free drifts which is so critical. In fact it makes all the difference of catching fish and not catching fish. I know some folks get tired of the guide telling them over and over that their fly’s are dragging and mend it, mend it and believe me we get tired of saying it. If you know your fly’s are dragging and your guide is not saying anything—it’s time to get another guide or a different hobby as he has given up on you.

It was Bryan’s first trip with us and I don’t think it will he his last. He caught a lot of fish today–no big ones to speak of though we had a couple come up to the fly in slo-mo and just nose it.

It got pretty warm today and things slowed down in mid afternoon as usual until the clouds moved in again later.

Art and I would like to thank Dave and June for the cooler full of cherry’s they dropped off at the shop which they picked over in Idaho–nice big fat ripe ones.

Forecast for tomorrow is much cooler with scattered showers.

One Comment:

  1. Al –
    I tied up a few Salmon Fly Poppers to send to you – although I’ve been having a hard time matching the quality and look of the one that caught so many fish that day. Hopefully Art can improve on the design over the winter.

    Along the lines of your most recent posting – that is the beauty of the Salmon Fly Popper. It can be fished (and catches fish) as both a dry and wet fly. You can cast it and float it as a dry. Then, if you don’t want to mend it, you can tail it through the end of the drift when the line bellies out with the fly just below the surface. After that, you strip it back to the boat like a wooly bugger. We caught fish all three ways.

    It fishes well on hot days as it rides low in the water as a dry, so the fish can just nose up to it and slurp it down.

    The perfect fly for the Buggerman.

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