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."

Happiness is a Bent Rod!

Posted in Idaho on October 19th, 2010 by kyle

Haha Truer words were never spoken. Let me preface this by saying that Family, the Gospel, and important life decisions bring true happines but this is my fishing blog! Fishing is a great stress release, a way to recharge batteries. But fishers are a rare breed of humans. People ask me about it all the time saying things like, “Why do you get up so early to catch a slimy fish”, or “How much money do you have tied up in fishing rods”, or “Why would you drive so far to do a hobby”.

Yesterday answered all these questions in one 12 hour day of fishing with a close friend. Idahos Henrys Lake is a phenominal fishery, probablly top five in the Country. So full of life and so beautiful. I was lucky enough to have the best “guide” in Idaho to help out with my less-than-stellar rookie casting, fly choice, and sometimes poor attitude. I’m learning though and have great friends to teach me.

We fished one of the little bays early and caught a few fish. Everets casting is incredible and he was launching leeches like 70 feet with ease.
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The morning bite was a little slow but we managed about 15 in the first few hours. Everet tagged a good one. The Yellowstones in Henrys have the best dark color with rosey cheeks and dark slashes.
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I love the West, I have been able to watch countless sunrises over my young lifetime. Yesterday I had to sit for a minute and take it all in. The five weight got a break in the warm morning light. As many of you know, I am moving to Arizona in a few months so I am enjoying the fishing up here while I can.
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We spent early afternoon, until about 2:30 pm, hitting other spots around the lake. My car got lots of funny looks with two pontoons strapped to the top. We caught a few around the lake.
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Then the wind came up which we were hoping for all day. The perfect chironomid chop!
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The fish thought so too!
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Though fishing is hard to explain to those that dont fish, its truly something special. Fresh air, beautiful surrounding, making good friendships, oh yeah and the fish are nice too. ;D The truth is that its about the whole experience and when one experiences that, its not just the fish that get hooked. It makes 10 hours of driving, 12 non stop hours of fishing, $1,500 of equipment and no sleep all so worth it.

Strawberry Oktoberfest

Posted in Strawberry on October 17th, 2010 by kyle

Strawberry is an interesting fishery. Its pretty easy to nail down in a few years though you seem to find surprises from year to year. The ice comes off the first of May and fishing can be good then but October is when the best fishing happens.

Last year I took my whole family out. We had Uncles, Cousins, Grandpa, Dad, and Brother.
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We had such a good time they wanted to make it a yearly event. This year we planned the trip for October 9th. I had almost no time to scout as I was hunting deer with a friend from Arizona.
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It was a great time in the Mountains but I was a little worried about not being able to pre fish for the fam, turned out I didnt need to be!

We rented a pontoon from the marina and anchored in a likely spot.
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We luckily caught two big chubs right off. There is nothing better for big trout that a minnow or piece of cutt-bait from the body of water you are fishing. We filleted the chub and cut strips to tip the two inch sand colored tubes.

My uncle Jay has always talked about fishing with his Grandpa at Joes Valley and Moon Lake. I could tell they were fond memories for him and he hadnt caught many fish since that time. He was first to catch one in the early morning light. It turned out to be a 24″ Cutt. When we netted the fish he turned to me and goes, “thats the biggest fish I’ve ever caught!” Made the whole trip for me!
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The rest of the day we all caught lots of nice fish and everyone had a good time! We ended up with six fish over the slot.
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Knowing the window is pretty small for catching fish like this we planned another trip for Monday (Columbus day) Keoni, his Brother, his Son, Scott, and I met up early. We got there and had fish splashing all over. The boys were pounding them with lipless cranks and pointers.
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Then the jig bite turned on and we lost track but caught a bunch. Among them were another six over the slot including the above fish that was right at 25″. It was a fun morning with perfect weather.
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We generally release all fish at the Berry but we kept four over for the table. The fillets on these fish are awesome and taste amazing.
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My Dad and I ran back up on Thursday and things had really slowed down. We caught two over making it 14 for this October. Strawberry is in great shape right now. I feel like it will continue to stay good for years as there is a great balance of predator, prey, and fish numbers. There was a 34 incher caught this past weekend, its the biggest since they poisoned the reservoir in 1997. Fishing is good and October truly is PRIME time at the Berry. We’ll get back up to troll huge swimbaits again before ice up but until then its time for Spawning Browns and the last Brookies of the year!