Spring time on the Owyhee

This past weekend Lunker Vision took a drive to Oregon’s Owyhee River. Fist we loaded up the campers and headed to Boise to stock up on gear, beer, and food. Stopping by a local Boise fly shop, Idaho Angler, we were kitted up with all the flies and  recent reports we needed. The staff was friendly and the shop was full of great gear.

The Owyhee Tunnel

The Owyhee Tunnel

The drive to the Owyhee is not to long from Sun Valley coming in at just over three hours, winding through farmland and then finally entering the wild canyon land below the Owyhee Reservoir. Not knowing where to camp we started up river searching for the perfect spot. The canyon was beautiful with amazing rock formations and an epic mixture of green foliage and red rock. We finally came upon a spot right on the river and the fishing access was perfect.

Lunker Vision camp on the Owyhee

Lunker Vision camp on the Owyhee

After catching a break in what was supposed to be rainy weather, we were able to set up a dry camp and start preparing for a full weekend of fishing.IMG_4963

The next morning we were up early ready to rip lip. A short walk up or down stream from camp and we were into some fishy water. After a few casts and trying to figure out what the fish were eating, we were catching nice brown trout.

One of the many sizable Oywhee Browns from the weekend.

One of the many sizable Oywhee Browns from the weekend.

The fishing was great over the whole weekend, we were catching fish on numerous flies, including woolly buggars, zebra midges, caddis dries and of coarse the dirty san juan worm. We saw many bugs on the water as well, some callibaetis, midges, BWO’s, caddis, and even some yellow sally shells on the rocks.

The rocky terrain had crazy colors.

The rocky terrain had crazy colors.

The river was flowing at 135 cfs so it was perfect flows for fishing there were big flats and some good little riffles where we caught most our fish. We were pretty sure the weather man was having a personal day on the water because there was minimal rain and wind contrary to the forcast. It was even starting to get hot, we saw numerous lizards and we were surprised to not come across a single snake as it seemed to be very snakey terrain.

An Owyhee lizard takes advantage of the sun.

An Owyhee lizard takes advantage of the sun.

All in all it was a great first look at the Owyhee, and we will be back as soon as we can! Video to come soon!

Looking for Lunkers

-Jeremy Black

 

The SPAWN is on

The water temps have been rising bringing fish closer into shore, making the fishing really good at Pyramid lake. I have been spending a lot of time these past past weeks out there camping and catching lots of fish. I just received a Gopro Hero 3 and I am looking forward to getting some quality fish footage for you to check out.Screen shot 2014-04-14 at 8.12.23 AMScreen shot 2014-04-14 at 8.10.45 AMScreen shot 2014-04-14 at 8.11.22 AMScreen shot 2014-04-14 at 10.57.39 AM

Geronimo

Getting Lunky

Getting Lunky

Eric Christensen has been on a heater at Pyramid Lake with a couple Lunkers. We spent the weekend camping and fishing with everyone catching fish and telling stories. This season is turning out to be a good one and we all can’t wait to see what fish it will bring to our lines. The tug is the drug.
Lahontan Cutthroat

Lahontan Cutthroat

Fly Fishing Film Tour

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If your in the Reno/Tahoe area this weekend March 8th 7:30pm at the Atlantis Casino the Fly fishing film tour makes its stop. Come out and watch films from all around the world. Perhaps even make some new fishing buddies to tell your stories too. www.flyfilmtour.com

Pyramid Lake

Geronimo with a Pyramid Lake cutty

Geronimo with a Pyramid Lake cutty

Pyramid Lake is a place with record size Lahontan Cutthroat. Get the ladders out and get to fishing cause this year has been one of the best with many large fish moving along the shoreline near drop offs. You might be wondering why I said “ladders”. Well the ladders allow fisherman to stand comfortably in 3-4 feet of water along the shoreline breaks where the trout are cruising. We had a good group out there this past trip fishing, camping, and just having a good time searching for a big ole Pig that this Lake is known for. Here Geronimo with the catch of the trip.

Silver Creek Sunsets

The weather has been hot and the days long. So after a hard day of working a lot of us at Lunker Vision find ourselves fishing late into the evening. Most days we will just hit the Big Wood River close to home, but with recent water level drops and the heat we decided to give Silver Creek a try. Silver Creek this time of year is very productive, and difficult at the same time. With a lot of fishing pressure and such slow clear water, it is a reward to catch anything out of this creek. With hoppers in full swing in the afternoon and more hatches happening in the evening we decided to give the S turns a try in our float tubes.

Nate Farrell tries his luck on the S turns.

Nate Farrell tries his luck on the S turns.

After the light starts to fade, the fish get more and more active. Going after your standard Silver Creek flies, PMD’s, beetles, even a hopper or two in the late afternoon. The creek comes alive and with the Trico hatch in full swing it seems most hit the creek in the morning, leaving us with a peaceful evening float.

Pat Lee wrangles a nice Silver Creek brown.

Pat Lee wrangles a nice Silver Creek brown.

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Also with the light fading and the haze from nearby wildfires, the sun begins to set on Silver Creek. It seems every time we are there we witness one of these famous Silver Creek sunsets.

Nate Farrell enjoys the last of the light on Silver Creek

Nate Farrell enjoys the last of the light on Silver Creek

Anytime on the creek is time well spent, and with epic scenery all around it is easy to find yourself just floating and taking it all in rather than fishing. Its nights like these that you really see how lucky we are to live in such an awesome place.imagenatecastimage

Looking for Lunkers,
-Jeremy Black

The start of fishing season

The past few weekends the local rivers, creeks, and lakes have been buzzing with activity. Local anglers are all trying to find the fish they have been waiting months to catch. Memorial day weekend always brings swarms of people with spring fever, and that itch to catch fish. So for the past two weekends we decided to bite the bullet and disconcern the crowds of people at the river and go have some fun in the spring sun. First stop the South Fork of the Boise river, for a memorial day float.

Saturday was the first day of the fishing season and groves of boaters also decided to float, luckily I had some local knowledge and knew the best place to put in without a line at the boat ramp.

Lunker Vision Base Camp

Lunker Vision Base Camp

Osprey looking for lunkers at the bottom of the Anderson Dam
Osprey looking for lunkers at the bottom of the Anderson Dam

The float was pretty mellow as there are not too many obsticals to navigate, and we made it the whole weekend with only one boat flipped :) The dry fly activity was picking up, with adams trailing behind a cicada being the rig of choice.  After a great opening weekend and just avioding rain, we packed it up to take on another work week, and wait for our next adventure at Silver Creek for the upcoming brown drake hatch.

Tying one on

Tying one on

Floating right to camp is always the best choice.

Floating right to camp is always the best choice.

Ahh Silver Creek….. When we first arrived it was a mellow Saturday with fishing picking up all along the creek. With prolific hatches of bugs happining all over it was looking to be a good week at the creek. Pmd’s were out in force at the Nature Conservancys portion of the creek, and the famous Brown Drake was awaiting its time to shine. So we set up camp and left the camper there for the week, so as not to miss the “Silver Creek Shit Show” aka the Brown Drake hatch.

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Pat Lee even showed up on his “new” Honda Trail 90

Leaving the camper at the creek seemed to pay off, as we had beat the hordes of people and had no trouble finding our own private spot. After claiming our spot with the annoying “leave your chair trick” we had nothing more to do except wait. So with a cooler full of beer and some time to kill we sat and enjoyed awesome views Silver Creek has to offer.

photo copy 2Then as if out of nowhere the bugs start to fly in swarms all around the water for their annual hatch. Beers go down, and the rods come out as we all swarm to our spots. Sight fishing is awesome during this time because the Drakes bring out all the lunkers.

Tamara Harrison surrounded by the hatch

Tamara Harrison surrounded by the hatch

 

The Brown Drake

The Brown Drake

After a solid three evenings thick with Drakes, we finally packed it up and headed back to camp for one last bbq. Thursday was approaching and with it many more people. So we decided to call it for this year and let all the kooks try and get their drake fix.

BBQ at camp never a bad idea.

BBQ at camp never a bad idea.

 

The crew at the pit.

The crew at the pit.

Looking for Lunkers,

-Jeremy Black

Big Rock searching for Lunkers

Its getting warmer here in Idaho… Then colder, then warmer. But the fishing has been good. Here is a short video from fishing the other day. Trying to get as much fishing in as possible before the local river closes for a few months. Not super lunky but caught about four fish, Ill take it!

Looking for Lunkers,

-Jeremy Black