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Friday, April 22, 2011

"Fishing Trip Up Lightning Creek" 1921

"Fishing Trip Up Lightning Creek" was kindly borrowed from the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, Inc. with their permission. Please note the 1922 author below was B. W. Pugh and the original publication "North Idaho News". I have only included excerpts from the original short story. For the full article please go to page 4 of thier website's newsletter Scotchman Peaks.org. The complete short story is must read and describes Idaho fly fishing for native trout as it was almost exactly 90 years ago.

I myself frequently fish Montana's Bull River which paralells the eastern edge of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness area and can tell you it is beautiful and the fishing superb. After reading, consider a donation to this wonderful northern Idaho and northwestern Montana conservation group the Friends of Scotchman Peaks. Enjoy. Please comment freely. I would love to hear what you think about this, our first, historical post.

North Idaho
Tuesday, April 11, 1922
(by B. W. Pugh)

“About the 15th of July, 1921, a party was arranged consisting of a local good friend, his wife, my wife and myself for a fishing and camping trip on Big Lightning Creek in Bonner County, Idaho. Taking the old Auxer trail, we wound upon our way through the forest, paralleling Strong Creek at frequent intervals.

The trail is splendid and its numerous switch-backs offer ever changing scenery. Beautiful Lake Pend d’ Oreille can be seen from these advantageous places, white mists struggling up from the lake, orange sunbeams beating their way into the shadows, the whole a touch of untamed beauty which belongs to no man and no civilization. Frequent ice cold springs are encountered, garnished with ferns which are truly beautiful.”…..

After much sliding and gliding and crossing several of the most beautiful and natural mountain streams God ever created we at last sighted the much coveted stream, Big Lightning. I assembled my rod, a flash of scarlet appeared on the surface and the fight was on. We landed a sufficient number of the speckled beauties for the evening feed. Going a little farther to the Rattle Creek Ranger Station, we made our permanent camp. The fish were prepared and we had a feed of our lives. Beds were made of boughs and everyone was ready to retire early.

Early the next morning a light shower prompted my friend to rise early and slip up the creek. He returned with 22 fine specimens of cut throats. We soon had a breakfast fit for a king.”…..

“The falls view was a beautiful sight to behold. I have viewed all the famous canyons and waterfalls of southern California of which the natives boast, but none can even compare with this. The pool below the falls abounds in fish. Here the girls caught trout with the ease of Isaac Walton, the patron saint of the road.”…..

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness is a non-profit organization. The proceeds from all events and sales benefit our wilderness preservation efforts. Donations are tax deductible.

Mission Statement
“We believe that the 88,000 acre Scotchman Peaks roadless area, spanning the Idaho/Montana border, deserves permanent protection as wilderness. Faced with growth and change, we want to make sure this special place stays the same.”

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, Inc. (FSPW)
PO Box 2061
Sandpoint, ID 83864
Website: Friends of Scotchman Peaks.org

Lightning Creek ends in the town of Clark Fork, ID where it empties into the mighty Clark Fork River which it in turn empties into Lake Pend d’ Oreille. Access is very easy from the lower portion which crosses scenic Idaho highway 200.

Come fly fish Idaho with us.

The Idaho Angler (IdahoAngler@live.com)

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