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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Rky. Mtn. West

    Default Just Had to go . . .

    Its been a "normal" winter. "Real." Cold. Snowy at times. The kind I have grown accustomed to in my life in these parts. Recent years have me a little spoiled though. I've been used to getting out on the nicer days in February and early March when the first hatches bring lots of eager fish up. We haven't had any winter bluebird days this year though, so a day above 32 pulled me right to the river. The super-low flow of 780 cfs has been very inviting. Everything else could wait a few hours.

    I kept it short, as the wind still blew a little and 34 is at the lowest range of my voluntary fly fishing limit. I don't do ice in the guides anymore. I managed to see some noses and get quite a few fish to eat late morning and early afternoon. I could only fish straight upstream with the wind direction. Then the wind and cold sort of took the fun meter down enough to quit before I might otherwise do on a 50 degree day. The weather people/computers say a "big one" is coming any hour now.

    So I got the waders wet, cast to some fish, bent the rod, and came home without even getting my hands wet or losing my frozen toes. Even managed a few camera clicks. About all I needed was a little black Para Adams, most visible on the white glare of high clouds. White wings worked in the brief sunny periods. They aren't picky this time of year.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Farmington, ill. -Stop by for a cold beer on your way thru
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    Default Re: Just Had to go . . .

    Jim, I love that place and love your posts, you should do more.

    I am planning on being there in late April for a 2 day drive by. I love having kids in Utah and Idaho, amazing how many excuses I find to help them move, bring them furniture or the new one in April, "I will bring your horse out to you and on the way home stop by river"
    Kids are finally paying off

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  4. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Pinedale, WY
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    Default Re: Just Had to go . . .

    Awesome day of on the Green, congrats!

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  6. #4

    Default Re: Just Had to go . . .

    That looks great!

    We're still covered in snow and ice.......

    But I know Spring is coming. I can feel it in the bones of my rod hand.
    Tight lines!

  7. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Bayou La Batre, AL

    Default Re: Just Had to go . . .

    Definitely need to try and get back there. Beautiful area. Thanks for the pics!
    "Fight like you're the 3rd monkey trying to get on Noah's Ark"
    "Not every day is filled with sunshine. Some days you're the pigeon, some days you're the statue"
    "If God had intended for man to only fish on weekends, He never would have created the other 5 days of the week."

  8. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Oakville, ON Canada

    Default Re: Just Had to go . . .

    Nice story and beautiful photos - thanks!!

  9. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    West of Houston, Texas

    Default Re: Just Had to go . . .

    You had a good day on one of my favorite places. I love that spot in winter. Hardly any people and the scenery is just stunning. Thanks for this.

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Its all in the reflexes.

  10. #8

    Default Re: Just Had to go . . .

    Looks amazing!

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