2019 Fishing Season is Here

Happy Post Holidays from the corporate headquarters of Rocky Fork Outfitters to all…. Yep, it has been awhile.  Time to catch up.

January 10th was the last day of the bird season and as I chased Mr. Chukar in the high dry hills of eastern Carbon County, I couldn’t help but notice how inviting the Clark’s Fork looked as stumbled up yet another rock ledge.  And thus the 2019 Trout Season began shortly thereafter.

Truth be told, January 13 was a lot colder than I expected when I arrived on the water.  The air temp was 45 and down right balmy when I left my house at 11:30 so image my surprise when the temp in beautiful downtown Bridger read 36 and it was blowing.  Hummmmm say I …. might as well head for the border and see if things change …. which surprisingly they did and for the better……..what’s the worse thing that could possibly happen?  I might get cold and skunked….. and maybe fall in and freeze….. all of which would be pretty nasty.  So in an attempt to manufacture some self induced moral support when I arrive at the first hole, I took a water temp …. 32 degrees.  Shit, that can’t be right, water gets stiff at 32 degrees right?  So I do it again …. same result, 32 degrees …. now that is cold kids.

So of course I went fishing.  Double worm rigs and a bobber and a chuck o’lead.  Not very sexy, but damn effective for a slow probe of the bottom.  Gave it a go for two holes and about  two hours…. amazingly I caught a number of fish ….. at 32 degrees.  And the thing that really blew me away, this 16″ brown had a 6″ minnow hanging out of his maul when I hooked and caught him, and still the glutton ate my worm …. at 32 degrees.  Ya just never know.

Anyway you slice it and dice it, the 2019 Fishing Season is here….. see ya on the river, you bring the schnapps.

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Jan 13, 2019 Clark’s Fork And you are there …

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First Brownie of 2019 Laying on River Shelf Ice Worms be good, even on ice

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Scary Good

Happy Halloween folks.  It’s supposed to be the scariest night of the year.  Ghouls and goblins and all that stuff.  Good time for kids and semi-adults alike.

Good times have also been the theme over the last month of fishing.  It has been one of the best falls for fishing and catching large trout that I’ve seen in many a Halloween moons.  The streamer bite has been awesome and when that hasn’t been the thing, double nymphs down low and deep and slow have been accounting for many nice fish, both browns and bows.

And speaking of our ol’ buddy Mr. Brown Trout.  Watch where you place your feet out there.  There are spawning redds all over the Stillwater and Rock Creek.  The other day it was absolutely difficult to avoid all the redds as we caught fish after fish on Rock Creek.  It’s great to see that much spawning activity and certainly serves as a sign of a very healthy and functioning stream system.  So just make sure you keep your feet where they will do no harm to future generations of fun.

But as good as it’s been, the door is beginning to swing closed for the season.  The water temperatures are starting to really head into the cold zone.  The morning temps in the low river bottoms have been reading in the mid 20’s to low 30’s and unfortunately stay in that range until damn-near noon. The other day on Rock Creek I measured 49 degrees in the water for a high, which really isn’t all that bad.  But as the nights grow longer and the days grow less longer, the inevitable will result a significant decrease in water temperatures.   Afternoons are the time to be in the right place with the right stuff.  Mornings are for coffee, reading the paper, and tending the fire.  All of which has merit.

And now for the obvious….. there’s nobody out here but us chickens!!

And I do mean nobody!  I had one of our quasi famous local saw-bones out the other day and in addition to catching about 50 fish over the course of the afternoon, the most commonly heard statement was ….”…. and we have it all to ourselves”.   Oh well, some ones got to do it.

 

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One of Many

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Happy Halloween A little devil that has taken a shin to floating rivers

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It’s Been Incredible

The fish are absolutely out doing themselves right now.  It’s been ridiculous.  The browns are as stunning as they ever get.  When the streamer bit is on, there has been more large fish then I’ve seen in quit some time ….. consistently large fish.  Nymph fishing is nuts as well.  Yesterday, last channel of the day and a even dozen in about 13 cast.  Double nymphs consisting of rubber legs and bead-headed whatevers were being pillaged throughout the entire afternoon yesterday.  Absolutely ridiculous, one after the other.

And then about 2 pm, the baetis made their appearance.    Itty-bitty little buggers, about #18 or #20 in gray flat light bouncing off the rippled surface …. a major issue in seeing them, but by golly, we caught a pile of fish, mostly rainbows and some darn nice ones.

Count down to the end in

about a month and then it gonna come to a halt…. It’s now or never time.  I’m choosing now.

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