so, I am totally convinced. granted we have had a pretty unseasonably warm winter, nymphing has always been the go to. I haven’t nymphed in weeks, not that there’s anything wrong with that. #Seinfeld We, over at the fly shop Anglers Anonymous, have had a stalwart employee since day 1 – we call him Tobes. The shop wouldn’t be what it is without his efforts. It hit me one day, that we had never fished together. Well that was about to change.
We headed out to the henry’s fork and he was setup to nymph and I was ready to get my swing on again. why not right? well, I have to say, they made me work for it today. Tobes had already landed a nice brown, and had missed several others. Here I was casting, swinging, stripping, to nothing. Should I change colors? nah. stick with old faithful, and by that I mean… Bling and Black baby. I worked over to a section I just know holds fish. I cast out about as far as I could straight away from me, and pulled in to strips just to get some slack out. the second strip didn’t get very far. Fish on. I had my trusty Loop Cross S1 custom built Anglers Anonymous edition, and it was bent. This felt like a truck. I try to not get too excited, but there was some serious splashing going on. Then it gets down below me, and I feel it keep turning sideways, oh man I foul hooked him. I started to reel in and walk down to this fish as quickly as I can now, until he decided to turn his head and swim away. I got close enough to see, hooked in the mouth, and this fish was solid. Worked it over with my masterful skill, got it in the net, and boom….
This was a strong meat eating angry fish.
After the excitement wore off I started to work my way down, meticulously like I did last time…. not 5 feet away from the above pictured beauty, this guy was lurking…. I saw him rise a few times for blue wing olives. so of course I immediately tie on some 5x fluoro tippet and put on a size 16 BWO… I put it on his nose, but nothing. Bye bye fluoro, and back on go the streamers. First cast….
I feel so lucky to live near these waters. Gotta love Idaho. don’t let the Kast beanie and gloves fool ya, it was warm that day, just a little misty out.
Stop in at the shop and pickup your black lead eye wooly buggers. I am telling you. Fish love ’em. Also, pick up some Kast gear because your hands will thank you forever, and if you’re feeling frisky? The Loop Cross S1 is my favorite rod I have ever thrown.