Idaho Steelhead, 3/9/12-3/10/12

South Fork of the Clearwater 2/19/12 - 2/21/12

The bite was on for some, not for others. The runs were small, the crowds were large. The fish and the river could use some more water.  

Missouri River.  2/13/12-2/14/12

Dawn on the Olympic Peninsula, WA. 11/16/11

Fall on the Salmon River. Near Challis, ID. 10/30/11

Bullie for you, Blackfoot.

Blackfoot River, Near Potomac, MT. 9/22/11

Casting for Cutties. Middle Fork of The Flathead. West Glacier, MT. August, 2011

North Fork of the Clearwater, ID. 1/21/12

"The North Fork’s origins are in the Bitterroot Mountains, its spawning gravel the valleys of the Clearwater Mountains, a geography unremarkable among Idaho’s Steelhead rivers. At least no terrible rapids nor nearly impassable falls can be identified as factors in the natural selection process that produces a population of summer steelhead that are larger than any others in the United States.  But that is the overriding fact of this race, giants known to weigh over thirty pounds, the legendary steelhead of the Clearwater and all the rivers to which it flows: the Snake, the Columbia and the mouths of a dozen tributaries."

"At the time [early 1960’s], Idaho’s two powerful U.S. Senators, Henry Dworshak and Frank Church, had gained federal approval for the construction of an enormous dam across the mouth of the North Fork of the Clearwater at Orofino. This dam, six hundred feet high, would produce a reservoir so vast that the river itself would be eliminated, and with it, the spawning grounds of the North Fork Steelhead."

- Trey Combs, Steelhead Fly Fishing 

'Tis seven years,since last I've seen you, And hear your rolling river. 'Tis seven years since last I've seen you, Away, we're bound away, Across the wide Missouri.
- Shenandoah