Tuesday, October 26, 2010

An Autumn Storm Moves In

An Autumn storm has moved across the region shattering our glorious extension of fall. In just 24 hours we went from a dry & mild afternoon to blowing, driving rain turning to snow- not just a fall wet dump, this storm came in cold in the pm of the 24th and so far has dropped nearly 3 feet of the good stuff at 9000' and about 8"-10" in town. Talk about shifting gears... one day your mountain biking or in my case fishing in sandals and the next your shoveling and checking out faceshot photos on FB! You gotta love Wyoming weather!
These are a few random pics from my late season excursions... they show the little things you see through a day that make it special, its not always about a fish in the hand.






Monday, October 18, 2010

Fine Fall Weather Mania!

Still entertaining the best weather of the year(in my opinion) with nice crisp mornings and super nice afternoons which has actually slowed the fishing some... it is still good but can be spotty while flows are on the decent. Traffic is wonderful- near zero, what a great time of year..
This is another gorgeous Lewis Lake brownie captured by John Campbell. John and I had a great season together and this trip topped off the year for us just right.
The weather is so nice lately that the urge to catch up on missed summer mountain biking is disrupting my fishing... tough decisions here in the Hole!
Nonetheless, since guide work has dropped off the planet- what do guides do with their down time before the ski season? That's right, we go fishing! Enjoyed a couple days with the guys on Lewis Lake and then the South Fork for an overnight that could have been mistaken for an evening in August. Best to everyone, stay tuned for more fall fishing, whenever it arrives!

Trey, Ed, Weldon & Noah, kicked back on the South Fork.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Rocktober!

October is a special time that I personally feel can offer the finest angling of the season when a few conditions come together like a perfect storm. The days are shortening therefore feeding periods can be brief yet aggressive, colder & lower water can tighten schools of trout into massive pods making competition fierce, spawning occurs among a few species and lastly, some fabulous hatches offer the angler and the trout a bug of significance, yet often tiny. For me it signifies the end of another guide season and allows myself and other guide friends to share some time on the water together.
Last week provided some of the best weather of the 'hole' season... cool mornings and stunning warm afternoons. Today, I finally broke down and put on waders as the pleasant weather pattern has now ended and rain is in the forecast... soon it will be time to start thinking about skiing!
This is the black bear that has been hanging around below Moose on the Snake River for over a week. Can he finish that entire elk this fall? The bear appears to have put on some serious weight since I first noticed him, he will sleep well this winter.
Some of my competition.