Wednesday I did a road trip over to Idaho to fish with Kelly Glissmeyer from the forum, it had been a couple years since Kelly and I had fished together and I was itching to take another crack at that spring creek. When we got on the water the heads were popping up everywhere, after looking at the surface of the water there were multiple hatches coming off, it looked like a trout smorgasbord was being served up. We started off with Kelly's para-emerger followed by a couple of small nymphs. Figuring out what the fish were eating was tough (now I truly understand why fly fisherman like the challenge of fishing spring creeks), we must have changed up the offerings a dozen times and never did get in the groove. We each got several hits, Kelly landed one medium sized rainbow, I had 4-5 hits but didn't bring a fish to the net. The next day I fished the South Fork in the am and it was a bit slow so I decided for some revenge and headed back to the spring creek. This time the conditions were completely different, there were heads coming up but not at the rate as the day before and the only hatch I could see was a good calibaetis hatch. I rigged up with Kelly's para-emerger, a BH calibaetis nymph and a Tom Rosenbauer's Rabbits Foot Emerger. That was the ticket, at least until the hatch died out. I brought three to the net and lost another 8 due to various reasons (aerial acrobatics, diving in the weeds, poor hook sets, you name it). It was a fun fishing trip, but most of all it was great getting a chance to meet up with Kelly and best of all getting to fish together again.
Here is the obigatory shot of the SF falls:
The SF in all it's glory:
Kelly on the No Tellum Spring Creek. If you look closely you will see the swirls from heads coming up to the surface to feed:
Brown Trout that was kind enough to grace my net:
Another nice brown:
Smaller version that wanted to play:
Some of the fall colors on the drive over: