Flat Creek – 2014/10/19

After a lazy start to the day, I decided to hit up the Refuge. There were a lot of people out when I first got there, but the crowd quickly thinned. I worked two big rising fish for most of the afternoon…I could never figure them out. The only action I had was when I put on a crane fly and fished some spots I knew held fish. I caught one and lost a smaller one. Another day of perfect October weather.

Flat Creek

Yes, please!

Flat Creek Cutty

Couldn’t refuse a crane fly.

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Snake River – 2014/10/12

I hit up the Flagg Ranch stretch of the Snake in search of browns running up from Jackson Lake. I caught two, lost three and had a few more grabs. All of the action was on a conehead bugger. The weather was bad: mid-30s with off-and-on snow. I wish I had brought gloves.

Snowy Snake River

Lovely October weather.

Snake River Brown

I was hoping for something a wee bit bigger.

Snake River

A brief break in the snow.

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Flat Creek – 2014/10/10

Mike had the day off, so I left work a little early and met him on the Refuge. There was a pretty good, but short-lived blue-winged olive hatch. Mike broke one off and missed two others. I caught one and missed one. Most of the action was on BWO emergers, though the donkey came up for a crane fly. We were working two or three risers, but couldn’t get them to eat, so as a last resort I tied on a crane fly. On the second cast, the big guy hammered it. It’s possibly the biggest Snake River fine-spotted I’ve caught. I didn’t think it was as big as it was, but Mike did. It was a good afternoon.

Flat Creek Cutty

This picture doesn’t do the fish justice.

Flat Creek Cutty

An absolutely beautiful fish. Thanks to Mike for the pictures.

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Flat Creek- 2014/09/26

Mike and I hit up Flat Creek after work. There were a TON of mayflies about, but not very many risers. I caught two and missed one, while Mike got a little over-eager and broke one off setting the hook. Aside from those fooled we saw one other rising fish. All of the action was on mayfly spinners of various flavors.

Flat Creek Sunset

A great sunset with the added bonus of lightning.

Flat Creek Cutty

Thanks to Mike for the picture of the evening’s biggest.

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Flat Creek – 2014/09/21

A couple friends and I spent the day on the Refuge. There were tons of mayflies about, at least three different species, along with midges, flying ants, and the occasional stonefly. Mike caught two and missed one or two more. Katy caught one, lost one, and missed or didn’t get a good hook set on three or four more. I caught two and broke one off. Most of the action was on rusty spinners, though the first one I caught was on a crane fly and Katy brought up some fish on an ant pattern of her own creation. It was a good day. Katy did especially well for her first time fishing Flat Creek.

Flat Creek

Mike tries to “poach” a riser, while Katy ties on a new fly.

Flat Creek Cutty

Mike’s first, good-sized Flat Creek cutty. Unfortunately Katy’s nice fish got out of the net before a picture could be taken.

Flat Creek Cutty

The length doesn’t quite match the shoulders.

Flat Creek Cutty

This nice fish chased down a crane fly pattern, though I don’t quite buy some claims about said patterns on Flat Creek.

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Blacktail Creek – 2014/09/20

I spent the afternoon on Blacktail Creek. I caught two and missed what was likely a big fish. I had a few other shots at good fish, but I couldn’t get them to eat and eventually spooked ‘em. The larger of the two caught took a flying ant, the other some kind of small mayfly emerger. A perfect day with temps in the mid-70s.

Blacktail Creek

A perfect day with fall color at its peak.

Blacktail Creek Cutty

The bigger of the two landed. Unfortunately none of the resident donkeys could be fooled.

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