Cold Weather-Hot Fishing

I’m finally getting back on track after getting back here a few days ago. The trip home was long and the airlines lost my luggage again but at least this time I didn’t have 5 pounds of frozen conch in it. It showed up a couple days later which is ok.

Yesterday was a cloudy cool day with scattered rain and snow showers most of the day. All the fair weather fisherman from the day before were no where to be seen. A customer called me in the morning and asked what I thought the fishing might be like on such a nasty day. I told him to bundle up, get his rain jacket on and get ready for some extreme fishing. He was a bit hesitant but they went all the same. He called me last night and again this morning with tales of many fish and many big fish. Ten were in the 18 inch range and one was in the 22 -24 inch range. Streamers were working and it didn’t seem to matter what color but he just reordered pumpkin buggers. Late afternoon it warmed up just a bit and a baetis hatch started and for about an hour they had great top water action.
That’s what I call a good day of fishing.

It’s mostly sunny today but the next few days are for cool, rain, snow—not the best for working on your tan but great for the hearty souls who venture on the river.

The Big Hole is running at 890 cfs and has stayed close to that flow for some time now making for even better conditions. Visibility is more than ample at 2 to 3 feet.


  1. tone the bone

    greetings from andros; arrived here in one peace after a long flight and a longer wait for bill and bill to arrive in nassau. hopped a charter yesterday at 3 and was here at hanks in about 20 minutes. got settled , had a few cocktails and went over to the yaght club for dinner. everyone had salad with some fish over the top. 2 orders of cracked conch and i had grouper and salad. great night and off to bed we went. we were meeting herman; our guide ant 8:45 and were going to fish bowen sound. very………windy today. getting bach to the dinner i must have gotten some bad fish or somthing because when waking up this a.m. it was a dash to the bathroom. i have never in the last five years have even so much as a headache while being down here but this time is way different. probably should have stayed home today but couldnt miss a minute no matter how i felt. arrived at bowen sound and sean, art and i went with herman and bill and bill (dont know if their brothers) went with our other quide. it was blowing real hard and it turned out to be a very frustrating day. everyone got some good shots and everyone caught fish with the exception of yours truley. saw a couple hundered fish today but most all of them were into the wind and we were most all of the time 1 ft. short of making the cast. i was on the bow when herman gave me his patented whistel which means we’re into fish. well as you know by now the shot was straight into the wind and all i needed was thirty ft. i threw at that fish until i gave up and handed the rod to son sean. he was a ft short every time as well. this fish was a bully and we couldnt spook him off the flat for nothin. art was the hereo today. would get on the bow make a cast and hook a fish. sean and i spent hrs on the bow and i got skunked. oh well. tommorow is another day and we are going up the creek for permit and tarpon. they’ve been spotted. will keep you. goodnight from andros and please; take your kids fishing. mine is having the time of his life down here. tone the bone

  2. hello agian from andros. what a day. went up the creek from hanks and started out with clouds and more clouds. no wind. 2 hrs into it we had perfect……..conditions. little chop; clear skies and lots of fish. went to the back. the far back of fresh creek and got into bones; many. got into 3 permit; very large…. 20-30 according to herman. tarpon; many; according to herman and art, but; no hook-ups on the permit and tarpon. lots….of good shots according to herman and art. as you can probably tell; i was not in herman and arts boat. crapola!. perfect day if you like hot weather, calm winds, lots of shots and, most impotantly….great friends. we are truly blessed. this is going to be short because i and the crew are going to the joulters in the a.m and we are all aware that we are into the world series of fly fishing. seas are to be calm; skies are to be blue. the white sands of the joulters are waiting for us and i will report tommorow with i hope a great report from andros. later; tone the bone,

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