Archive for December, 2012

 

Bighorn River in Thermopolis, Wyoming: 307 Hats

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

307 Hats

Hats are ordered up and will be available after the New Years.We want to thank all of our clients and friends for the 2012 season on the Bighorn River in Thermopolis, Wyoming . We look forward to the 2013 and seeing our old and new clients back in the boats catching trout. Happy Holidays!

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Bighorn River in Thermopolis, Wyoming: Upstate NY Browns

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

big browns in upstate new york

Big brown trout from Upstate New York!

It’s almost time for our annual steelhead outing in upstate New York with the boy from the Great Lake Steelhead Company. Cold weather, good friends, whiskey, and most importantly lake-run chromers. Our buddy Elrod will not be joining us for the first time in 5 years due to a poorly timed wedding….oh well he landed quite the catch. You will be with us in spirit. Looking forward to it but not the cold… We will deal it. Happy Holidays!

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Bighorn River in Wyoming: A Lesson Learned Thru Guiding

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Kenny Jackson on the Yellowstone

Wide Receiver Kenny Jackson ropes the fish of the month!

I sent out an email to one of my favorite clients after getting off the phone with my Grandfather Dutch who has lost his balance/equilibrium and can no longer hunt or fish which were and still are his favorite things to do in the world. This is the email I sent out that he told me I had to share on the Blog so I will.. Please read it in its entirety…..
I had the opportunity to bring out Kenny Jackson a former Wide Receiver who played for the Eagles and Penn State during college. It was in the middle of the mid summer grind which is a very busy time but the fishing can be slow especially with new anglers. This is the only time of the year when guides find themselves short, grumpy and burned out….
I want to share a photo and a story about the day. Kenny somehow ended up in my boat as a fluke from some random outfitter. They had fished for 2 days before and caught almost no fish with the other guide and Kenny got dumped out of the boat in a rapids section of the Yellowstone.
Long story short, fishing had been slow all week and that day was no different. I worked my nuts off to get maybe a 16 strikes all day long. By lunch we had put 8 whitefish and 3 smaller trout in the net. We might have lost 2 bigger fish but we never saw them so we will never know. I am thinking FUCK! FUCK FUCK! as I am used to guiding veteran fishermen who expect to catch 40 fish mid summer and I want to deliver for one of the coolest and most appreciative anglers I have ever worked with.
Im stressing inside but….
The entire time Kenny is enjoying ever second and aspect of the float trip from the water, mountains, trees, rocks, birds, clouds, being on a boat without a loud engine, all the things that we as guides and veteran fisherman take for granted. The most amazing part about his attitude and perspective was how little catching fish mattered. He was fishing hard, casting better and better, putting the fly where I asked him to etc. He kept after it and kept relating it to golf when you hit one good drive and thats what brings you back. He loved the challenge more than anything… HE WAS AN ETERNAL OPTIMIST.
We get to the last fishy stretch of the float about 1500 feet from the boat ramp…. mind you I extended the float mid-float with my shuttle because fishing was so slow and I wanted him to catch a good trout…. we floated 12 miles instead of the normal 7.5 to 8. We are in a section with good shelves and Im thinking it will happen here, in fact I knew it was going to. Right in front of two random boats Kenny hooks up with this rainbow that goes ballistic. He fights it like a champ and puts the fish in the net. Our boat goes ballistic as do the other two boats who clearly were having slow days as well.
Moral of the story. Slow down and appreciate the simple things in life that we often overlook and take for granted. This one day changed my attitude towards guiding and why we are so lucky as fly-fishermen.
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Bighorn River, Wyoming Fly Fishing: Stoke

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Tim H. stoke

Stoke!

Fishing Report: 

Weather is mild and fishing remains excellent. Fish are holding in the slower deeper water.

NYMPHS: have produced best with your standard tailwater bugs producing. Scuds, midges, eggs, crayfish, did I mention midges….

STREAMERS: slow retrieves have been producing well. If your into the two-hander game…. swinging em up has been producing if your patient…. small and olive….hint hint.

DRY FLY: midge clusters for the risers. we love the buzzball tied in darker colors for this kind of fishing. The old standard Griffith Gnat is deadly as well.

Give us a call now for our winter/spring special! 307.438.0740

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River Cocktails…..

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Only way to cure a hangover...Clients certainly know how to enjoy themselves even if it entails starting at 9:30 in the AM…. you know who you are! Holiday season is upon us. Just please remember to not drink and drive during this time of the year. We want to see you all back in our boats this spring and summer!

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Capt. Charles is back from Panama!

Monday, December 17th, 2012

75 cent ice is my favorite thing about Thermopolis

I just returned from 31 days exploring Panama with a surfboard, fishing rods, and a mission to find a winter fishery. A successful trip for sure. I am back for the holidays and for my Sister’s Wedding in New York. I will be doing presentations at a number of hunting and fishing clubs around the Tri-State Area promoting 307 Outfitters as well as Lone Peak Outfitters out of Bozeman, Montana.

Fishing Report from Panama:

SICK. Roosterfish, Trevally, Dorado, Tuna, Big Cubera Snapper, Snook, and as many Bonito as you could ever want. Only one problem. I broke my camera Halloween weekend before I left. I guess mental memories will have to sustain. It doesn’t however make my fishing reports/bragging to clients and friends very easy.

Give us a call @ 307.438.0740 or shoot us an email for your spring/summer fly fishing adventure!

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jetboat trips for the spring

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Capt. Charles is wrapping up his 30 day fishing and surfing adventure in Panama. The 2012 season was amazing in both Montana and Wyoming. The Bighorn River produced some great fish and amazing days for our anglers. We are looking forward to the upcoming 2013 season with great anticipation. Spring is right around the corner for us here in Thermopolis, Wyoming. We usually get cranking around the last week of feb or beginning of March if the weather permits. This early fishing is some of the best we have. Steve Beaz is ready and pumped for another season as well. Remember we offer Jetboat trips in both Montana and Wyoming which is truly a fun and enjoyable way to fish our fisheries. Let us know about your 2013 trip!

307.438.0740

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