2008 Frenzy kick off email from Chubbs

February 27, 2008

Frenzy, Thoughts

Fellow F-ers, it is that glorious time of year when we start to plan Frenzy 08. The disappointment surrounding the end of the 07 Frenzy turned to excitement as we all looked forward to the 08 Frenzy.

For us F-ers, the Fishing Frenzy is more than a sport, it is a form of meditation. Let’s read what wiser men have said:

” Next to prayer, fishing is the most personal relationship of man.” – Herbert Hoover

“Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men to contemplate and for fools to pass by without consideration.” – Izaac Walton

“No life is so happy and so pleasant as the life of the well-govern’d angler.” – Izaak Walton

“Today she met me at the door, said I would have to choose, if I picked that fishing pole today, she’d be packing all her things and she’d be gone by noon….well I’m gonna miss her when I get home tonight. Right now I’m on this lake shore, and I’m sitting in the sun! I’m sure it’ll hit me when I walk thru that door tonight. Yeah, I’m gonna miss her. Oh lookie there, I gotta bite!” – Brad Paisley

“He told us about Christ’s disciples being fisherman, and we were left to assume…that all great fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fisherman and that John, the favorite, was a dry-fly fisherman.” – Norman Maclean-A River Runs Through It

“Eventually all things merge into one and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.” – Norman Maclean – A River Runs Through It

“Fish come and go, but it is the memory of afternoons on the stream that endure.” – E. Donnall Thomas

“There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.” – Washington Irving

“Fly-fishing is the most fun you can have standing up.” – Arnold Gingrich GET IT ARNOLD

“Lots of people committed crimes during the year who would not have done so if they had been fishing. The increase of crime is among those deprived of the regenerations that impregnate the mind and character of the fisherman.” – Herbert Hoover

Enough of the quotes, bottomline fishing rocks, and when you mix fishing with Zingers and a bunch of dudes there aren’t words to describe it.

So boys, this is what I am thinking:
A few of us will be gone memorial weekend (plus fishing is crowded then) so we would like to commence the 6FFFFF on either June 5th ending June 9th, or June 12th – June 16th. Let me know which dates work better.
Secondly, I am thinking of changing up the location of this year’s frenzy. We have laughed laughs, shed tears, and seen yetter’s kek on the memorable Henry’s Fork/Madsion Rivers, but it is time to expand our horizons.
This year I would vote to have us stay in our cabin in Victor Idaho (Teton county), and fish the following: Teton River, Bitch Creek and Fall River (depends on runoff), South Fork of the Snake River, then I Wyoming, the Salt River, Greys River, Crow Creek, and the Snake River out of Jackson (maybe even float/fish down the rapids). I have heard so many good things about the Salt River, Greys River, and Crow Creek.

TETON RIVER
Upper Teton RiverWith the majestic Teton Mountains looming against the Valley’s eastern horizon, the Teton River is the most scenic trout stream in North America. Its trout match the picture-postcard memories of a day on this remarkable little river. Trophy sized Yellowstone Cutthroat and rainbow trout lurk in the meandering meadow stream of the upper basin. Located half way between the South Fork and Henry’s Fork, the Teton is an undiscovered gem often ignored by anglers heading to the more popular fisheries. On good days, the Teton River greatly outshines both of its stellar sister rivers by providing exceptional dry fly fishing.

SALT RIVER
The prime thirty mile section extends through pastoral valleys between Afton and Alpine, Wyoming. The Salt holds a few rainbows and brook trout but the prime attractions are the Snake River Fine Spotted Cutthroat and brown trout in the 10-22 inch range. The river offers great opportunities to catch trophy browns in the early and late part of the season as the fish move up from Palisades Reservoir. The beauty of the Salt, in addition to the surrounding mountains, is the early season fishing. Spring run off occurs sooner, and clears faster, than at other western Wyoming rivers.

CROW CREEK
“Dream fishery…the kind of water you can lose yourself in…”

SOUTH FORK OF THE SNAKE
Rated as the top cutthroat stream in the West, the South Fork’s fly fishing is the product of more than a decade of special efforts by Idaho Fish and Game, and local outfitters, catch and release ethic. Its development into a first class fishery is proof of the effectiveness of special regulations to protect this beautiful, native trout of the Northern Rockies. The South Fork is a tailwater fishery that flows out of Palisades Dam on the border of Wyoming and Idaho. The diversity of hatches, both aquatic and terrestrial, exceedss other rivers of the West, and gives the South Fork the reputation for the best dry fly fishing in the world. Wild populations of native Yellowstone Cutthroat and Snake River Fine Spotted Cutthroat provide scrappy dry fly action year-round. With a healthy population of browns and rainbows ranging from 15-25 inches, the South Fork is a fly fisher’s dream. Fishing starts with a bang in early June during the highly sought after salmon fly hatch. Large 2-3 inch stone flies creep out of the depths and hatch by the thousands along the rivers edge, while brining fish of all sizes to the surface. Anglers are dumbfounded by the numbers of fish brought to the boat during this four week period. Following this hatch is a melting pot of diverse dry fly hatches that continue to change thru the end of October as well as uncountable numbers of hoppers that tempt fate by traveling along the rivers banks.

SNAKE RIVER BELOW JACKSON
Starting just below the town of Jackson, winding its way 37 miles through the Snake River Canyon are five sections of fishable water. Commonly used for half day and full day trips these sections produce some of the highest numbers of fly caught trout during the WorldCast Anglers fishing season. For anglers looking to start their fly fishing careers this is the place to begin. Big gravel bars and eddies hold large numbers of cutthroat trout. Fly casters will have time to stop and cast to individual fish. With one of the highest concentrations of bald eagles the lower Snake is a spectacular place to fish.

I know this is a lot of info, but this is serious shiz. We can also eat at some pretty amazing places in Teton and Jackson (BUBBAS BBQ) along with our staple of zingers.

Now, we will kick this frenzy off with a zinger eating contest that we will record and post to the world. The world must know about the frenzy f-ers.

Well, I hope all is well and that fishing is good.

Email me back and let me know what you think.

Chubbs

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