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Michael decided to fly out from NYC to visit us on July 13 to spend a few days with Ally, Nick, Hero and myself and to get me out on the water for the first time since my surgery back on May 15, 2019. His Mom, Jean Marie came up a few days later but those events will be saved for the next post…

Driving down to Lewiston, Idaho to pick Michael up at the airport…about a 40 minute drive from Pullman, WA…

Coming down the grade into Lewiston, Idaho…The Clearwater River joins the Snake River down there…

Michael, as usual, was hungry when he arrived so we headed over to Roosters Landing in Clarkston, on the Snake River for lunch…

Roosters has a collection of fishing related gear that has been used on the Snake River since people first arrived there…I took a lot of photos but will only post this one…

I split a burger with Moo…Mmmmmmm good !!!

The view of the Snake River from our table…

Big Moo has a craft brew…

While Ally has her traditional rabbit food…

A warning to parents who do not keep a watchful eye on their spawn…

After lunch, a brief stroll for photos…

The old guy with Ally & Nick…

A visit to the local Albertson’s in Lewiston to pick up lamb chops to BBQ when Jean Marie arrives…The only place I have seen those chops in the immediate area…

Can’t make a visit to Lewiston without hitting The North 40 Outfitters mega store…

Driveway Pork Chop BBQ in Pullman, WA…👍 Nick !!!

Oh yeah !!!

Big MOO chilling…

Dart gurl Ally …

HERO taking it all in…knowing that the next day will be a busy trip tp Elk River, Idaho…

Up early on Sunday morning and on our way to Elk River Reservoir … This is just East of Moscow, Idaho…

Coming into Deary, Idaho

Entering the sprawling metropolis of Elk River, Idaho

This is the place…

Setting up the gear…and yes, we used spinning rods and the fly & bubble technique, ’cause this old geezer ain’t quite ready to toss streamers with a fly rod (yet) and this allows for the maximum amount of stillwater coverage…

This platform / dock works for a start…only Pumpkinseeds caught here…no Trout…

PLOP !!!

Moved to another casting location and was rewarded with this guy…

Ally, Nick and HERO decide to engage the Trout with their stealth watercraft. Nick works at one of the world’s largest suppliers of whitewater boating equipment in Moscow, Idaho (NRS) and this is one of their products…how convenient…

Haul that puppy in and stash it on the Landcruiser’s roof for a lunch run to Elk River…

This place is to die for…Huckleberry Heaven Lodge & General Store

Smiling faces with the goods…

Cone…

…or shake…It’s delish !!!

Back on the water…Hot Spot Conehead Seal Buggers were the ticket…

These…

…or the colorful, gaudy ones…ALL worked !!!

Fast or slow retrieve with twitches…

…and BANG …

Nice shot by Big Moo from the raft…

Another Rainbow…This link, to the State of Idaho, provides a wealth of information on this water…

Working from the deadfall back to the dock proved to the most consistent and successful retrieve…

Michael and I hooked up together quite a few times…ALL the Trout were released…

This is the far end of the reservoir, at the dam. Fishing here was exclusively Pumpkinseeds

HERO on alert for those devil-ish Pumpkinseeds…

We retuned to the other side of the reservoir and continued to catch Trout. This was Michael’s and the last of the day. We really had a great time and it was just gratefully good to be out on the water, once again…

 

 

NEXT: Jean Marie visits us in Pullman, The Red Shed, lotsa’ food and back to Elk River…

 

 

PT/TB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When I first started teaching Michael and Ally how to use flies for fishing, the patterns were cast from a spinning rod using the fly and bubble technique.It is a wonderful method for introducing younger kids to fly fishing In fact, for almost two years, before they ever cast a fly rod individually, “fly and bubble” is what they did…it looks like this:

One may put anywhere from three to six feet of tippet material from the swivel to the fly. In most cases, we kept the tippet length a little shorter than the length of the spinning rod. This technique works in lakes and in rivers. It allows the caster to cover much more territory on the water. Using this system in a river takes some practice…Michael and I have taken and released some very nice Trout using this method on the Lower Owens River…in Little Virginia Lake and Trumbull Lake…it is deadly… explanation video HERE  and another complete explanation may be found HERE

Little Virginia Lake at sunset, the BEST time to be on the water… I prefer using Uni knots and Seaguar Tippet or Trouthunter tippet from 3x – 6x depending on the size of the fly pattern and whether it is a Nymph, Soft Hackle or Seal Bugger

Ally at five, learning how to use a “fly and bubble” along the shoreline at Lake Sabrina…

Michael uses a “Fly & Bubble’ with an Olive Seal Bugger, at the Lone Pine Creek sand trap, Lone Pine, CA…

There are two fly patterns that have consistently worked for me and the kids on a whole host lakes and rivers…they have been around for a very long time… I have two boxes stuffed with these guys and they ALWAYS work…

On the LEFT: Pheasant tail and Brown Partridge…on the RIGHT: Peacock Herl and Gray and White Partridge

Michael took this Alpers Rainbow ( Alpers Rainbows are triploid trout ,trout that have been genetically altered so they can not reproduce ) on Little Virginia using a # 18 Peacock Herl and Partridge…he nailed an even bigger Alpers ten minutes later which I lost, trying to net it…

…in case one was wondering about the stringer…

Here is the PEACOCK HERL and PARTRIDGE:

HOOK: Daiichi 1560 or TMC 5262 #12 – # 18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Claret

BODY: 3 – 6 strands of Peacock Herl, twisted around thread

HACKLE: Partridge, gray and white speckled, from the neck ( I over hackle this pattern – it works for me)

As in – right here on Trumbull Lake early in the AM…

PHEASANT TAIL and PARTRIDGE…

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, # 12 -#18 or TMC 5262 # 12 – #18

THREAD: Danville 6/0,  # 47, Tobacco Brown

RIB: Fine Gold wire, or Wapsi x-sm Gold

HACKLE: Partridge , speckled brown, lower back

This is one I caught with Michael at Little Virginia Lake on a Peacock Herl and Partridge with my 10′ Scott A2, 7wt. and Tibor Freestone…

These are two simple fly patterns that are easy to tie,  for the novice and TROUT CATCHERS of certitude…this guy was caught on a fly rod and #18 Peacock & Partridge…

Ally…says SO…and she ain’t talkin’ about how many we caught and released, on this particular day, on both of the above fly patterns…this one…we ate…

SPINNING ROD & REEL

A good combo for the “Fly & Bubble” technique…

PT/TB

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