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T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jan 31, 2018 - 09:48am PT
I haven't even picked up this years license yet,
maybe after work. ;)
Fritz

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Jan 31, 2018 - 04:09pm PT
I feel a little guilty about not being into cold-weather fishing any longer, so I'd better tell a cold-weather fishing story.

In early Sept. 1988, I stopped by Jackson Hole WY. for a few days at the start of a two-week sales-rep road trip to Montana from South Idaho. It was the long-hot summer of the fires that had burned much of Yellowstone National Park & I took little cool-weather gear on the trip, but of course I brought my fishing gear.

Although I have fly-fished since age 12, after a divorce in 1984, I "immersed" myself in fly-fishing & got fairly good at it, sometimes going fishing 90 days a year. One of my Jackson dealers was Jack Dennis Sports, which sponsored the annual "One Fly" tournament, & Jack's fly-tying guru, my friend Scott Sanchez, was my host for a couple nights on this visit.

The One Fly tournament had started in 1986 & drew some of the big names in U.S. Fly fishing & a select group of rich fly fishers too. As I was trying to make a sales presentation to the manager of Jack Dennis Sports on Friday morning, Jack Dennis himself saw me, quickly remembered I was way into fishing & said heartily:

ďHey, itís good to see you!Ē ďAre you in town for the weekend, because we need another person on our One Fly team?Ē

After I got up off the floor, Jack explained that one of the co-owners of Jack Dennis Sports had cancelled attending the One Fly that morning, due to an emergency. Although there were better fisherman than me on staff in the store, they were all engaged in working during the tournament. The considerable entry fees were all paid & participating wouldnít cost me a dime.

Blinking away my astonishment, I assured Jack that I could help them out by being on the team.
My One Fly souveniers.
My One Fly souveniers.
Credit: Fritz
Briefly, in the Jackson Hole One Fly, the cardinal rule was, you had one & only one fly per day, for a two day tournament. If you lost or destroyed the fly, you were out for the day. There were two contestants & a guide/score-keeper in each drift boat or raft & there was a lottery to see which sections of the Snake River near Jackson each fisherman would float. Of course it was all catch & release, but the size of each anglerís fish were recorded & added up, with the largest total winning the individual championship & the largest 4-person team total winning the team championship.

The hot summer ended on Friday night with a big storm & the next day was cold & wet, with high temperatures in the low 40ís f., with snow visible in the Tetons, when the clouds lifted. I had borrowed a pair of rubber chest waders, but I froze my ass all day. I managed to keep my fly & caught fish, but it wasnít a good day fishing, for anyone.

Fritz on the right with the Tetons in the background.
Credit: Fritz


More Tetons background.
Credit: Fritz

At the big event dinner party that evening, I learned the forecast for the next day was worse. It was supposed to snow all night & day & temps were going to be in the low 30ís, at best. Worse yet, I was picked to fish the ďCanyon-stretchĒ of the Snake, which has considerable white-water. It was going to be a really wet & miserable day for under-dressed me.

In sudden desperation, I told Scott Sanchez, if he wanted to take my place fishing, I would work in the store for him. He instantly agreed & Jack Dennis (undoubtedly hoping for a more productive team member), agreed to the switch.

Next day in Jackson, there was 6 inches of fresh snow & it snowed hard all day. Scott had a great time fishing & I had a great time working in the store & not bouncing through white-water in those conditions. Sadly, our team didnít win.
WTF

climber
Jan 31, 2018 - 05:43pm PT
Great story Fritz. Iíve always wanted to fish that but my wallet isnít that fat.

I once had a father and son on a guide trip on the snake he was a client who had put a large sum of money in my pocket over a 5 year period so it was a free trip. It was late September and we hit the first night and I find a nice camp spot in a small side eddy/ channel. I get us dialed do dinner set camp the works. I wake up in the morning and the boat was about 75 feet from the river. They dropped the water that night and well that free trip was a hell of a drag. Pun intended.

Keep them coming Fritz.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Feb 1, 2018 - 07:38am PT
What a cool story Fritz! Thanks for sharing. I love that part of the country. The Tetons never disappoint.
Risk

Mountain climber
Formerly TMJesse
Feb 1, 2018 - 12:52pm PT
I spent a summer season at Lake Eleanor (YNP). During the heat of summer, fishing is not dependable. But, in fall it's fantastic. Average rainbow is 16" One morning, I was on top of some cliffs on the north side. The lighting was perfect and the lake was totally still. There were dozens of HUGE rainbows visible. in 1994, the record size was 30.5"

Snakes, bears, biting flies and gnats, along with thick brush and tough going, make Lake Eleanor unpopular. Getting to the inlet without a boat is next to impossible.
WTF

climber
Feb 1, 2018 - 02:08pm PT
Shredded
Shredded
Credit: WTF
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Feb 1, 2018 - 03:35pm PT
saw these
Credit: tradmanclimbs
on the way to this
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Credit: tradmanclimbs
last sunday.
WTF

climber
Feb 1, 2018 - 05:22pm PT
Those are some good eating fish on ice.

Climb and cast hmmmmm 🤔
Fritz

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Feb 1, 2018 - 06:08pm PT
WTF & Stimbo! Glad you folks liked my story. A free Jackson Hole One Fly was my lifetime lottery win, but of course the weather took some zest out of it.

I haven't fished the Snake in Jackson Hole from a boat since that memorable day, but I did a lot of S. Fork Snake trips on the Idaho side in the 80's & 90's, We usually camped our way down the river below the lodge. Fortunately, I never got bit by those dam flow increases & decreases.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Feb 2, 2018 - 08:19am PT
Glad you folks liked my story.

Fritz, that was a great story, thanks for sharing. Here is a photo from last autumn. I was not fishing at the time but rather concentrating on photography (the fishing came soon afterwards on the Henry's Fork). I met this guy on the river and "jones'd" badly watching him fish. He was a good angler and landed many of those "fine spotted" cutthroats, a beautiful trout I hope to go back for this coming autumn.

The other place I hope to return to, and leave my camera gear in the truck, is along the river at the Moran Junction. I photographed an incredible Teton sunrise last year(along with busloads of like-minded photo junkies). While the light show unfolded over the mountains, huge snouts were sipping midges off the top water of the Snake. It would be killer to hook into some big fish with dries.

WTF can give you plenty of beta and stories I am sure for the Idaho side of the S Fork.

That is amazing country up there. Later....

Tetons, Snake River
Tetons, Snake River
Credit: Stimbo
WTF

climber
Feb 2, 2018 - 10:00am PT
Letís go Stimbo. Boats ready and well so am I. Iím happy to fish while you shoot photos. ;)-

No seriously letís put one on the calendar and head up. Iíll show you the lower and you can show me the upper. I bet we will need a week. Ok a week and a half. Compromise is key to successs.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Feb 2, 2018 - 12:27pm PT
Good morning.....live from The Kings River!


Credit: micronut

micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Feb 2, 2018 - 12:34pm PT
Macronut and I snuck out here for a morning sesh on the Riv before work.

Credit: micronut

No action yet. Stay tuned!

Credit: micronut

Credit: micronut

This live streaming update brought to you by Orvis, Simms, and the lovely wives who let us go out fishing this morning before work.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Feb 2, 2018 - 12:48pm PT
This live streaming update brought to you by Orvis, Simms, and the lovely wives who let us go out fishing this morning before work.

Awesome Scott! The water looks great, how'd you do?
Fritz

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Feb 2, 2018 - 07:10pm PT
I'm always glad to see photos & fishing stories on this fine thread.

Stimbo! That Tetons fishing photo of yours is wonderful.

Thanks all, for taking the time to post.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Feb 2, 2018 - 07:52pm PT
Stimbo! That Tetons fishing photo of yours is wonderful.

Thanks Fritz! In all honesty, the photo took itself.

No seriously letís put one on the calendar and head up. Iíll show you the lower and you can show me the upper. I bet we will need a week. Ok a week and a half. Compromise is key to successs.

Let's get Pyramid on a good day first, then let's drink some brews(or whatever) and talk about a north country expedition sometime. When will the high pressure weather dome move on? We need some snow and Pyramid needs some foul conditions to get the chomp going again.
WTF

climber
Feb 3, 2018 - 05:18am PT
Sounds good Jim. Iím not sure about the the weather. It looks like we have high pressure for the next week at least. My friend drove up from Livermore and is on the lake Iím sure right now. It will be interested to hear how he does today. I may go out tomorrow if heís getting some fish.

I know I will be on the south fork in late August for a week. I would like to do a couple days on the upper and then float the dam to twin bridges. I would like go back late in sept or early October. We can chat with beers in hand about it when your up this way.
Evel

Trad climber
Nedsterdam CO
Feb 3, 2018 - 05:30am PT
Credit: Evel
Catskills
Catskills
Credit: Evel
Happy Cowboy

Social climber
Boz MT
Feb 3, 2018 - 06:04am PT
WOW Evel, those two certainly are ďlargeĒ. Love the colors in the brown. Great fishing! Thanks
Evel

Trad climber
Nedsterdam CO
Feb 3, 2018 - 06:06am PT
I mostly just run the net for her ;)
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