Sunday, April 29, 2012
I got back from Missoula with a short window of fishing opportunity today. By the looks of the incoming clouds before I left my house, I figured I'd have my work cut out for me with the carp. Once I got to the reservoir and the thermometer on my truck read 39 degrees, I knew I was in purgatory.
Sure, they were on the flats...but this cold front totally shut them down. Like a bunch of melted orange creamsicles stuck on the bottom of a freezer. After about an hour of casting practice to carp that couldn't give half a crap about my delightful presentation, I decided it was time to come up with a "Plan B."
This was "trout weather" for sure, but the South Fork and the Henry's Fork were each over an hour away and I only had about 90 minutes of free time left. Hmmm, what to do?
Carp on the lower Snake River like humongous black leeches, so I still had a bunch of those in the fly box from my trip down there a couple of weeks ago. Thus, it was time to swing some leechzillas.
Once again, trout saved the day...
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
|Hello friend. It's good to be back.|
The water temperature is still pretty frigid and the few carp that have made it out of their winter holding water onto the flats (only pre-spawn males) are still a bit sluggish.
Fortunately, a few willing players were holding right up against the shoreline in about a foot of water, which made for great sight casting.
At one point, I noticed a sizeable v-wake heading towards a creek outlet. I cast my fly ahead and to the left of the wake and the wake shifted course directly towards my fly and "BAM!" Damn, that was fun.
One thing that always amazes me about Blackfoot Reservoir is the number of living organisms the impoundment supports. Wildlife sightings today included sandhill cranes, pelicans, a beaver and a golden eagle.
More to follow...
|Good for Carp Karma|
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
|"What's Up, Ugg Mugg?"|
Given the need to head south to warmer temps, I seized an opportunity to fish the lower Snake River for carp along the way.
I got to the river in the mid-afternoon and it was obvious a major cold front was on the way. My window of opportunity was going to be short and sweet.
|"I HAZ A KARP!"|
Next on the agenda...some good "big city" food...
Wu-Tang Flan aint nuthin' ta fuck wit.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
Well, my plans to play hookie from work today and ride the cyclocross bike to an amazing spring creek got stymied by Mother Nature - lots of new snow and 20 mph winds. The spring creek will still be there on Monday.
Spending the weekend in Jackson for the annual kids Easter egg hunt and a bike tour through Grand Teton National Park before the crowds arrive.
Today's song of the day is "For Want Of" by one of Dischord's best bands - Rites of Spring: