Most people will never understand why I get up before dawn, in the rain, snow, or summer heat, to stand at water's edge. Whenever I am asked why I do it, my response is..."for the rise."

Boulder Magic

Posted in Uncategorized on June 12th, 2013 by orvis1

I got a chance for an early summer trip to the Boulder Mountains with some good fishing buddies. We were going to fish a total of 5 lakes, 2 of which usually kicked my butt, and 3 of which I generally dominate. What a weird weekend; the lakes that normally have lock jaw for me were on fire:

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I was able to land 6 quality brook trout over 18 inches. I also managed to get over 40 fish that day on two lakes where I am generally lucky to get one or two fish. I thought how great this trip was going to be because I was now headed to a couple of lakes where I generally do well. Right off the bat I nailed a nice splake:

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Then a standard size cutt came to play:

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Then it shut off… I had to work for the next 5 hours and only got a couple more small fish. What a disappointment! This lake is usually a “go to” lake for me. I then used my redneck engineering degree to load up my UTV to get the tube to the next lake:

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This lake just had no love for me. I worked it hard and only managed to lose one small cutt before getting it in hand. I headed in and my buddy was working it hard out there. Come to find out while I was napping in the shade he had landed his biggest brook trout to date! The fish did a back-flip and was camera shy but still a great experience for my buddy. The next morning we were going to do a little hiking to a lake that holds some larger tiger trout. The day started out with a dandy 22″ fish:
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Then it shut off and we only caught one other small cutt between us. We cut our losses, hiked out, and made it home to have dinner with our families. Overall a great weekend on the mountain with some great people!

Rainbows After a Long Winter

Posted in Uncategorized on June 12th, 2013 by orvis1

It has been a long cold winter and the time has finally come to get out and do some fishing. This will be a combination of a couple of reports I have been on two trips this year chasing spawing rainbows. The first trip went off without a hitch we timed it perfectly and had the whole lake to ourselves with just enough ice pulling back for two guys to fish. All the reports had everyone believing that it was just a week to early. We gambled and won:

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My buddy Steve was able to hook up from shore on the fly rod:

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The next trip was an anual trip we make every spring with a good group of buddies. This year was adventerous since it rained and the roads were extremly muddy. I slipped off and was balanced over a cliff in my truck very scary stuff. Had to walk back to cell coverage luckily a DWR person saw me and offered me a ride saved me 4 miles of hiking. About 3 hours later and my wallet $250 lighter I was back on the road. The lake did not dissapoint we had our fill of chubby bows here are some examples.

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Wrapping up for the year… An update on the last couple of months..

Posted in Uncategorized on November 14th, 2012 by orvis1

Sorry for so long between reports. The last couple months I have not been out fishing as much as I would like to but have managed to sneak a few trips in here and there. With the ice monster approaching I wanted to update you on a few fish I have got lately. Had a great season I might even get out and try the ice a time or two this year. I will let the pictures do the talking.

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Missing Yellowstone!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 29th, 2012 by orvis1

I had a difficult fishing decision to make last weekend. I had an an offer to go and fish with a couple of guys I really respect on a mountain that I love, or fish in a spot I have not visited for over two years at one of the most beautiful places on earth YELLOWSTONE! When I first started fly fishing a few years ago this was a place I had fallen in love with. Wild beautiful fish, little fishing traffic, and some of the best scenery on the planet. The plan was to hit two still waters and two rivers in two days. We wanted to go light and fast so we chose for the meager accommodations and food:

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The plan was to get up at 3 am avoid the traffic and get to the NE part of the park and fish a popular still water 1/2 mile in from the road. I did not bring my pack in tube because I can handle a 1/2 mile even up hill logging the scadden. We ran into some traffic in the early morning hours:

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We arrived at the lake and to our surprise were the only car in the pullout! Looks like for a short period of time we will have the spot to ourselves! Looks like a picture perfect postcard:

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The inlet was closed to protect the spawning cuts but we did take a few pictures:

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The fishing was very slow these cuts had their mind on fornication not eating, I did manage to get a couple to stop for a snack:

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Our plan was slightly ruined by mother nature. She was not done shooting chocolate mild down the rivers just yet. Our plans to hike into Slough Creek were dashed and we scrambled to come up with an alternate plan. I have had my eye on a hike in stillwater lake for a few years and wanted to give it a try. Although it was on the other end of the park we packed up and headed over 2 1/2 hours of driving later we made it. I was regretting not having my pack in tube as I lugged this bad boy over 3 miles each way to the lake:

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The place was deserted just like I like it even on a Saturday in Yellowstone! Not sure what to expect I started kicking out since we only had a few hours before we had to get hiking again. I was surprised at the first fish, a lake trout on the fly a first for me:

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The next couple of fish were a nice surprise some quality browns, it has been a while since me and MR brown trout have tangled. I even managed to land my 2nd biggest fish in the park a 23″ brown!

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The rest of the day continued with as many 17-20 inch lake trout as we wanted to catch. My fishing buddy managed to get one cut but 90% of what we caught were lake trout! I snapped a shot of the boat before we headed back to camp, I will be back again for more exploration here:

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The plan for the morning was to pack up early and hit Henry’s lake in ID on the way home. This lake was known to hold some big brook trout and hybrids and I was on the hunt for both! It was a long row from the boat ramp to the cliffs area to fish but a great view along the way:

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I did not find huge Hybrids or any brook trout and managed only a little better than a 1/2 dozen fish. They were fun and I will be back again to visit soon!

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I did manage to get a cut to go 21″ but he wouldn’t smile for the camera!

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I hope you guys like reading the blog as much as I enjoy creating it!

Springs been good to me so far…

Posted in Uncategorized on May 18th, 2012 by orvis1

It has been a bit since I updated the blog so time for a catch up post. I have had a really good spring especially for fish exceeding 20″. I had the opportunity to fight screaming tiger trout maxing out at 24″, rainbow trout in full spawning mode to 24″, and brook trout on a high mountain lakes exceeding 18″. I will just let the photo’s do the talking.

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Working for your fish 3 lakes in 1 day!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 11th, 2012 by orvis1

It has been over four months since I wet a line and needless to say I had a HUGE case of cabin fever. Steve and I set plans early in the week to take full advantage of what looked like a greate weekend of weather ahead. The plan was to head south to Otter Creek and Piute to try and get out hands on some chunky rainbows. The weather was much colder than expected with the low tempertures being almost 14 degrees less than forecast. In fact the lake iced over again and left a small area that was ice free for fishing that morning.

Today was the definition of working for your fish! We fished it hard for about four hours and managed to get 3 fish between us. Little did we know this was going to be the best of the fishing we would see today.

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It started out good with a nice healthy male that came to hand!

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We managed another two before we made our way over to piute. A little “redneck” engineering helped get the tubes to the next destination.

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Puite still seems a year or two away from returning to form we saw little on the way of fish showing up on the finder and gave it 1-2 hours of good solid effort. It gave Steve the skunk job and I managed one fish.

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The day still had daylight and we have heard some good reports of another lake on the way home. We made the stop and found gorgeous weather and sunshine in fact I have a sunburn in March always a good things. Altough the reports were promissing we managed to only land 1 fish apiece at this stop and they were around 14″. Although it was a tougher day of fishing it was great to get out and enjoy some time on the water with excellent company!

Time to Shut it down. ..

Posted in Uncategorized on November 2nd, 2011 by orvis1

I have this particular lake in the middle of the coldest part of the state I like to visit in the fall and at ice off. It takes a commitment to go because there are few other options in the area if the fishing is off. I made a couple of 1/2 day solo float trips there this fall to chase the monsters. Although I did not find a fish over 27″ I continue to go and chase them because I know they are there. I had 2 heavy fish break me off an leave me haunted with that feeling of what could have been. I was fortunate enough to land several fish over what I will take out a camera for 20″ or better. Luckily for me in all three species the rainbow, tiger, and a surprise cutthroat. Hope you enjoy the pictures with the ice monster looming time to hang up the float tube for the winter.

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Got myself some press..

Posted in Uncategorized on October 18th, 2011 by orvis1

I was interviewed by the Salt Lake Tribune for and article on the boulder mountains. I was happy to contribute some insight and a few fish pictures. Here is a link if you are interested.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/outdoors/52700794-117/trout-boulder-mountain-fish.html.csp

Tiger Hunt!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 26th, 2011 by orvis1

After spending the last two trips exploring new lakes on the mountain it was time to revisit some old favorites. It was time for fall which means leaves changing and tiger time. We loaded up the wheelers and headed up the road to the lakes.

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We found the fall colors just starting to explode it made for quite the backdrop for the hunt.

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We also found some tigers, cuts, and splake that were willing to play. Hope you enjoy the photo’s if all goes well hopefully there will be a tiger hunt part 2 in a couple of weeks.

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This was one of the strangest tigers I have caught to date I had to shoot a photo of this one look at the hump.

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Piute Trail 1/2 Day

Posted in Uncategorized on September 5th, 2011 by orvis1

We go down to the Piute trail to ride ATV’s once per year. This year with as much snow as we had gotten we wanted to make sure the trails were not closed so we went for labor day. Good thin we waited one of the trails just opened 4 days before we had gotten there I guess snow doesn’t go to fast above 11,000 feet. I have slowly been fishing the lakes in the area and this weekend was a chance for me to tick two more of the list. It started out with a ride in the dark solo to unfamiliar ground not something I would recommend but if I didn’t take the chance there would be no fishing this weekend at all. I headed up to the trail I had the choice of two lakes and thought I would tackle the one with tigers first since they are one of my favorite species. Right at sunrise I arrived at the destination Barney lake:

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I had high hopes for this lake for about a 1/2 dozen years now they have been throwing tigers and cuts in this lake. I was hoping to find a few sharks in the water. Like most alpine lakes I go to I had the place all to myself love fishing in solitude!

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I found the cuts to be hatchery fresh all about 9 inches and with there fins warn down from the hatchery. In my world I call these SNITS (stocked nine inch trout) not something I am excited about fishing for.

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The were eager to take the fly and the jig so it was fun catching about a dozen of these as I made a pass around the lake on my tube. I was really hoping to get into some tigers and hoping to find some with some size. I ended up getting three tigers and they were bigger than the cuts but nothing to exciting I think they ranged from 11 – 17 inches. They need a few more years to grow.

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Realizing this was not what I hoped it to be I cut my losses short and headed down to the second lake of the day. It was only 1/2 mile down the road so I used my redneck engineering skills and put them to good use.

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The second lake was much larger than the first and it was supposed to have cuts only in it. This is a brood stock lake for cuts once again I had the place all to myself love not being crowded out even on a holiday weekend!

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I found a place to launch over by the dam and set off for a kick around the lake. With the first lake being a semi-bust I did not hold high hopes for this lake. Shortly after getting out the battle was on (hard to take bendo pics solo).

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This guy came to the net, I was surprised at not only the fight but the color of these fish!

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I went on to get about a dozen of these nice cuts and they stretched my line out. The smallest was about 15 the largest went about 19.

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I will be back to visit this lake again in the future one of the better ones in the area I have found for sure. I hope you all had much success over your holiday weekend. I look forward to bringing you some good fall trips in the coming months!