Our day in Island Park, Idaho
began around 7AM as I attacked our laundry that had been piling up
– I also
took care of some much needed email replies to a number of people
country. Meanwhile Taylor
was catching up on some much needed
teenager sleep as he stayed sacked out until around 11AM. Today was a planned late
fishing start for
us. We met our
guide Brad Miller of
TroutHunter in Last Chance, Idaho
at noon and
set off to tackle the famous Henry’s Fork of the Snake River in the afternoon.
Brad’s style of nymphing was
unique and effective. We
the “box” as it’s called which is a
rather short stretch of river that is
packed with fish. You
don’t want to
drift through it quickly or you simply miss too many opportunities
– and you’re
done in an hour. That’s
uniqueness comes in. Brad
jumps out of
the boat and literally walks the drift boat down the river giving us
to fish every nook and cranny as thoroughly as possible. The first hour was really
tough as we weren’t
getting many hits, but it soon picked up and we were getting lots of
but missing just about everything too.
the afternoon wore on I landed several
really nice rainbows in the 15”-16” range
– stocky guys that were awesome
fighters – especially in the swift current.
had a rough day of it though. He
really nice fish in a row in which he had each fish on for well over a
minute. He was
irritated and Brad and I
both felt bad, but those runs of luck do happen at times. In the end we boated 15
fish and both lost
about a dozen that we thought we had in the bank.
The toughest order of business for
the day was the wind. Gusts
to 40 mph made
casting really difficult. However,
did have another day of sunshine – our 27th
state-in-a-row, so we
We got off the water around 6PM
and charted our path for Jackson, Wyoming
– only 100 miles away –
one of our easiest drives of the journey.
from the west gave us an awesome view of the Tetons for nearly 2 hours.
We arrived at the Virginian Lodge
RV Park around 8:30PM.
The final highlight of the day was
the good fortune of meeting up (for the first time) with the previous
our Winnebago View who also live in Virginia (Bill & Dot Nosal). They were vacationing in
Yellowstone and Jackson Hole
and just happened to be staying at the same
RV park. They had
been tracking our
whereabouts and contacted us a few days ago and inquired about the
of meeting up with us. Although
we had never
met we had many things in common including a love for Virginia Tech
(their grandson is an offensive tackle for the Hokies).
We swapped stories for nearly 2 hours and
parted new friends.
Tomorrow we fish Wyoming’s
River through the Tetons.