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Old 04-13-2010, 07:44 AM
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Default Re: First Snake River Float Of 2010 Is On

Okay her goes, just remember I've been awake for 40+ hours at this point.

Well all in all it was a great day. The fishing was slow but the weather was better than we could have hoped for. Put on the river at 11:00AM, temps in the low 50's and partly cloudy. By noon it had warmed up nicely and the sun came out and stayed till about 4:00. The rest of the day was overcast and cool as the wind really picked up, so the jacket came back out. But the rain held off for the entire day. We hit the take out at 7:30PM.

A mere 200yds down from the take out we came into a pool with some rising fish. No apparent hatch to be seen so we started prospecting. We threw BWO,s and various midge patterns. Ended up hooking a few whitefish and Greg got one small Cutthroat. Since we still 12 mile of river to float we decided to move on.

We threw streamers pretty much all day except in a few of the most likely pools where we went prospecting with BWO's and midges. We hooked a few more whitefish and Greg hooked a nice big Cutty but lost it trying to horse it in. That was all the action we had on dries.

The streamers did not produce at all until after 3:00. I hooked up with 4 but only got 3 to hand.

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Greg hooked into a couple on streamers as well!

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The water temp was only 46 degrees so the fish were pretty in active.

The main highlight of the day was Greg getting a demo Hydros 6wt at the Orvis shop while picking up a license. I had not cast one of these rods yet and was interested in comparing it to the Helios. What a sweet rod!! Every bit as nice as the Helios. So if you think the Helios is for you but don't see the need to pay an additional 300.00 for recoil guides and a fancy reel seat go with the Hydros.

It was really great to be out on the river casting and rowing after a long winter which is not quite over yet. As of an hour ago it is snowing again here in Jackson. More than likely it will all melt by this after noon. Temps are supposed to be in the high 40's to mid 50's for the next couple of weeks. So look for the river to get better every day from now till runoff starts.
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