Well, I finally got some pics from my son, so I can post the past two weeks of outings.
I'll post the one from a week ago in this post, and then I'll post the trip from this past Saturday in a day or so.
This trip, the guys headed out for Swan Valley on the South Fork of the Snake. There is some exceptional water near there with some good access whether winter or summer. There were my two sons, Mike and Geoff, along with friends Matt and Ryan. They were wade fishing this trip. The day was overcast and cold (15 degrees), with a bit of a biting breeze. They got on the water around noonish and this day did not disappoint. This time they caught more trout than whitefish, which is sometimes difficult to do this time of year. They managed to fool bows, cutts and browns and had a great time doing it.
It was strictly nymphing under an indicator with many if not most of the fish taken on a "Big Ugly" Rubberlegs. Several fish were taken on the smaller trailing nymphs, but nothing stood out as "the" fly of the day other than the Rubberlegs.
We usually rig up with a Thingamabobber as a strike indicator, dropping down to the weighted Rubberlegs fly as the weight to get everything down, trailed by one or two different nymphs such as a Rainbow Warrior, Flashback Pheasant-tail, or KG's Improved Shop Vac. Dead drift the rig through likely water. They had plenty of Likely water and they all caught fish.
Here are the pics, Hope you enjoy them:
Where we fish - South Fork of the Snake River, ID:
Ryan's freaky brown trout - healthy and on the feed:
Mikey with a decent bow:
Ryan with another nice fish:
Ryan completes the trifecta with a nice cutthroat:
...and, a cutt-bow hybrid for a South Fork Slam!:
Mike with another bow:
Nice shot of a decent fish and the other guys lined up on the run - there was not a lack of hungry fish on this day:
A small campfire to keep things thawed out in between fish:
Youngest son, Geoff with a nice cutty:
Calling it a day:
This was the most successful day the guys have had so far this year. Here I am writing this and feeling sorry for myself because I wasn't there. I know the old man would have out-fished them at least two-to-one !
The rehab is going well, and the Dr. was right in telling me the best thing I could do is get on my foot and give that ankle a workout every day. Congestion is finally moving out, and, painful as it is, I see some real progress after only a week of no crutches - maybe I see a small light at the end of this tunnel...