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Monday, October 19, 2015

Tailwaters are the Ticket

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Fly Fish Idaho: Flyfishing Flies; Fishing Flys; Flies Fishing: Fly Fishing; Fly Fishing Equipment; Fishing Flies; Fishing Gear; Trout Flies; Salmon Flies; Fly Fishing Idaho; Flies for Sale; Idaho Fly FishingThe truth is that here we are pushing late October 2015 and there are many year round trout streams in the Northwest which have absolutely NO water. That means they are not only warm, but they have no oxygen to keep our trout alive. We are losing them by the thousands. The only other time I have seen this phenomenon was about 15-20 years ago when I stood in a tailwater river fishing and watched hundreds of dead trout float by due to the ignorance of the local power company which was hoarding the water flow for future power generation. In one month they literally killed one of the best fisheries in the middle of the US.

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The other nice thing about the situation described above is that when you do catch a fish, it is much less subject to perishing due to lousy water conditions. So the fight is on and usually after the release the trout, or its offspring, is there to be caught by future generations. Unfortunately the way things were this summer, and still are out west, catching fish in streams other than tailwaters is definitely hazardous to the trout's viability.
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So look for dam tailwaters when the weather is hot and dry. The fish will be there, sometimes in great numbers and sizes, just still don't forget to go barbless and release quickly. That way you can go back the next day and still have a great time.

Tight lines, hard takes and come back to Idaho fly fish out tailwaters soon.

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