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Old 02-28-2011, 09:30 PM
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I forgot one of the best pics from the guys last outing. The area they fish is winter range for deer, elk and moose, and they saw this deer as it decided the grass was greener on the other side of the river:
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Now for my report. Although I'm still unable to get to the water (I did enjoy everyone's suggestions about how the young bucks could help me out ) I did hop in the truck with my ever patient wife and we took a drive to Ashton and downriver to St. Anthony so that I could get some pics of some of my favorite areas to fish.

This is looking upriver on the lower Henry's Fork at Ora Bridge just west of Ashton, ID. This water is closed until the Saturday prior to Memorial day to protect fragile rainbow trout spawning redds, but it's a great place for a quick float down to Vernon Bridge during the rest of the season. There is some heavy work going on at the Ashton Reservoir Dam, just around the corner from the furthest you can see upstream and it may affect the river downstream during the coming year. What and how negative it may affect things remains to be seen...
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The Vernon Bridge stretch - my favorite winter water destination:
Looking downstream from Vernon Bridge - upstream to the Ora Bridge and on to the Ashton Dam are closed this time of year:
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In the middle and a bit right you can see the void in the trees and high bank - this is the Vernon Bridge boat launch where we access the stream from the parking area to the south:
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If I could have my best fishing wishes during the winter it would be to cover the water on the far side from the left of the picture to the right - the best winter water I've ever experienced for nymphing - I've caught a lot of dandy fish on this stretch:
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We couldn't get much farther upstream to my other early season favorite water below Chester Dam, but we were able to get to the Fun Farm Bridge. This is looking upstream, and fish were on the feed all over that flat water as we stopped to take pictures:
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Here is the only guy I saw fishing at all of the places we stopped for pics:
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Here are a few past season pics from the Vernon Bridge area, along with some from Chester Dam:
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Now I've gone and done it - I'm drooling all over my keyboard. Best clean it up before things quit working.

Thanks all for checking us out and look forward to many more to come...

Tight Lines.

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Old 03-01-2011, 12:25 PM
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Kelly: Great looking photos of the Henry's Fork and fish porn! I'm drooling all over my keyboard also! I need to get out and go fishing!

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Ditto! ...............but I'm keeping my drool under control..............

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Update on the doc visit this past Tuesday - and I quote: (P.S.: I haven't seen him for almost 6 weeks with a CT scan and phone conversation with nurse in that time) "Well, it appears your foot is filling up with fluid, get off the crutches, get moving, and things will start to move and should get better with time".

All I can say is that going from mostly crutches to no crutches has been more than excruciating, to say the least. At best, something less than tolerable, at worst - I don't use that kind of language...

So, three days so far cold turkey, sans crutches, and it continues to swell and pain me, but I'm doing exactly as the Dr. ordered. One good thing about being on crutches for 2 1/2 months - the hip replacement I had done last June has had some hard and fast rehab on those muscles they cut through to remove the old and install the new hip - luckily the hip is the right one while the ankle is the left .

If I can endure (I'm sure I can, I'm just a big whimp) then I should be back on the water in another month or so - hope, hope, hope.

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Best to you on a quick recovery Kelly.
Your trip reports are the among the best. I've only got one thing to say about the pics with this one.........burrrrrrrrr.........(remember I'm from CA).
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Kelly: At least that was good news from the doc!
Back in the 80's I was playing racquetball and moving backwards when my opponent stepped on my right foot. I fell sideways severly spraining that ankle and had a big grapefruit sized swelling on the outside of the ankle. I went in to ER and the did an x-ray, nothing broken so they put a big ace bandage on it and I was sent home on crutches. I couldn't put any weight on it at all without severe pain. Previously we had gone in with a some other couples and rented a condo at Steamboat Springs for a couple days of skiing. We already spent the money so we went along despite the injury. One of the guys in the group sold medical supplies to the doctors locally and he suggested trying to squeeze my foot into my ski boot, being that it is about as rigid as a solid cast, he said it might actually make the ankle feel better. It hurt like heck getting the foot into the boot, but felt pretty good once I had everything buckled up, so I decided to go skiing on it. The skiing didn't hurt much at all, but the ride up on the lifts with the weight of the boot pulling on my ankle was excurciating, but I lived through it. I guess what I'm trying to say is I wonder if your ankle wouldn't feel better if you could get it in a boot and then lace it up nice and tight.

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Old 03-07-2011, 04:56 PM
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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:
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Ryan's freaky brown trout - healthy and on the feed:
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Mikey with a decent bow:
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Ryan with another nice fish:
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Ryan completes the trifecta with a nice cutthroat:
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...and, a cutt-bow hybrid for a South Fork Slam!:
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Mike with another bow:
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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:
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A small campfire to keep things thawed out in between fish:
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Youngest son, Geoff with a nice cutty:
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Calling it a day:
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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...

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Kelly: Another great fishing report! Loved the awesome looking trout and looking at the low water of the SF was really strange! Good to hear your rehab is coming along nicely, hopefully all the pain will be worth the effort in the end.

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Old 03-10-2011, 11:47 AM
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So, I know this is not flyfishing related, but it is something my wife and I enjoy experiencing every spring - the outing of the spring bears.

We have a local bear park that touts itself as the place to see bears like you did years ago in Yellowstone Park, and they are true to their word. Every spring we have the opportunity to see the new cubs because of some friends that work at the park and take care of the cubs during the weaning process.

So, here are the pics from this week's visit. Enjoy.

This guy was definitely not sucking on my finger, he was flat out trying to chew it off - glad he doesn't have teeth yet...:
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Chene, a good friend with one of the cubs:
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Chene's husband, Gary. So who really is the boss?:
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The rest are of my dear wife, Cathy with several of the cubs:
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A bit off topic, but fun.

Those cubs are all muscle and claws, don't let their size fool you, they are tough.

Thanks for stopping by.

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