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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Where Have all the Big Trout Gone?

"Where have all the flowers gone?
Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time ago
When will they ever learn?" 

The Kingston Trio recorded this song in 1967 and it was re-released 2007. Do you remember?

Well, where have all the big trout gone?

September 2010

Good question! I am growing very concerned though. 

September 2010
If any of you visited the NW United States this summer, you were probably met with a huge cloud of smoke. Stifling! The fires here began this last July (late) and continued even until now. I was returning from a trip to south central Montana not 9 days ago and met a brand new blaze not 65 miles from my part time Idaho home.

September 2014
You may have also noticed that the streams were very low. Some even had water temperatures well into the 70's. Much of western Montana had, and some still have, "Hoot Owl" restrictions on trout streams. They suck but do protect the fish. The last thing most trout Idaho fly fishers want to do is kill the few good fish we do catch. I was always taught to try and preserve fish for future generations whenever possible.

September 2013
The recent drought has had a lot to do with the above problems. We had half the normal snow fall last season and have seen almost no rain since May. Hopefully, with fall returning, this will improve soon and our snows will be normal in 2015-2016. That would be a real blessing. For those that do take the time to read this, I also wonder where all the wild game has gone. Luckily I stay mostly on a non-hunting game preserve, but off the preserve, where have they gone? Oh, the subject for another post and another day.
October 2012



October 2012
                                                                            Back to my original point. I really am concerned that the trout are significantly fewer in number and considerably smaller. In the last 10 years, I would say the cull numbers and sizes have both decrease by half. I do see a few more Idaho fly fishers, but most are courteous and release their catches. Most also no not to fish when it is really hot and do not to prolong the fight.

September 2013
I do have a few suggestions for those who insist on trout fishing right now. First, make sure the stream/river you choose has good flow. Secondly, carry with you a stream thermometer and make sure the water temperature is no less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Thirdly, please use barbless hooks so as to be able to release your catch quickly. Fourth, do not handle your catch at all if possible--this can easily remove their protective slime and make them much more susceptible to disease and death. Ketchum makes a really cool catch-n-release tool which fits conveniently on you pack or vest.  And lastly, do not play fish for long periods, for they are more apt to perish after being released.

Anyway, where have all the really big fish gone? We all need to be aware that things are constantly changing and sometimes not for the best.

Hard takes, tight lines, bent rods and screaming reels to all my Idaho fly fishing friends. I promise to get back to my frequent postings again this fall.

IdahoAngler@live.com


August 2011
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