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Saturday, November 30th Fly Tying Demo with Ben Swaner

 

Ben Swaner

In 1997 at the age of 10, Ben Swaner moved to Idaho and quickly became interested in fly fishing while his family established roots in area. He vividly remembers catching his first large trout in the Coffee Pot rapids section of Henry’s Fork and meeting Pat Bennett (creator of the Pat’s Rubberlegs) through a family friend one summer while visiting Island Park. While attending College at Utah State University, Ben took his first fly tying class using a kit his grandfather had gifted him several years earlier. Fly tying quickly became the perfect fusion of artistic expression and utility for him. He has been fortunate to live in and travel to locations with exceptional fishing opportunities across the west including Alaska.

Ben recently moved back to Idaho Falls with his family and has enjoyed reconnecting with all of the fisheries he visited as a youth. Most recently Ben’s fishing and fly tying inspiration has been focused on European style nymphing. He has gravitated to this approach because of its simplicity and effectiveness in catching fish. His demo will feature nymph patterns that he has found to be effective in targeting trout in our local and regional waters.

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Still Waters 11-16-19

Springfield Reservoir offers the most convenient still water fishing around. It has been stocked with hatchery catchable rainbows ranging to around 18″ and has a population of holdover rainbows running to larger sizes. Midge pupa patterns under an indicator, small black or purple leeches, and fly rod jigs seem to offer the best way to encounter these.

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South Fork 11-16-19

Looks like flow we now have coming out of Palisades Dam will be with us through the winter. Some good walk-in areas for pitching streamers are just below Palisades Dam, channels above Squaw Creek dugway, locations along the river road above Heise, and near Twin Bridges.  Evenings and early AMs have best potential for success.

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Henry’s Fork 11-16-19

Lower river offers good streamer fishing for browns late and early in the day, but some ‘bows and browns are taking midge and BWO life cycle patterns. You may have to search  river locations to find just where such activity is going on.

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Main Stem Snake River 11-16-19

Flow is a bit below seasonal normal throughout the river, and brown trout are chasing streamers from Menan to American Falls Reservoir.  Evenings and early mornings are best time to encounter these browns. The river below American Falls Dam is flowing a measly 400 cfs. That concentrates fish, and presenting streamers can be productive. Beware of weekend crowds.

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Upcoming Events 11-12-19

Fly Tying Demos

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It is time to announce the 2019 portion of our Saturday wintertime fly tying demos, the first off which takes place on Saturday, November 30th. The demos will continue on Saturdays through February 29th, 2020. Each demo runs from 10 AM to 12:30-1 PM. Look at our web site or Face Book for bios submitted by each tier to describe some of the fly patterns on which they will focus.

 Saturday, November 30th                          Ben Swaner

Saturday, December 7th                             Chris Williams

Saturday, December 14th                           Gary Barnes

Saturday, December 21st                           Buddy Shaw

Saturday, December 28th                          Shawn Bostic

We will present the 2020 section of the demos as soon as we confirm the tiers demonstrating on given Saturdays.

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Main Stem Snake River 11-12-19

Flow throughout the river is at seasonal normal or slightly lower. There are numerous walk-in wade locations  from Menan downstream to American Falls reservoir. The same applies to float fishing.  We can help pinpoint the best locations for either way of fishing.  The river below American Falls Dam is at it seasonal low, around 450 cfs, and offers the same ways of fishing. Shorelines there get particularly crowded  during weekends. Up and down the river streamer fishing is the “name of the game.”

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South Fork 11-12-19

It looks like the flow currently coming out of Palisades Dam, around 1000 cfs  ( 1400 cfs at Heise, 850 cfs at Lorenzo), will be that which will last throughout the winter.  This flow situation means many walk-in wade fishing locations and  some tough locations for boating.  Currently presenting streamer and rubber legs patterns are best ways to encounter larger trout, whereas BWO and midge life cycle patterns will get attention of trout in general.

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Henry’s Fork 11-9-2019

The lower Henry’s Fork has been offering great but sporadic fishing during these beautiful “Indian Summer” days.  Sporadic meaning fish seem active  in certain areas, but not in others.   Active means responding to midge and BWO activity. Case in point is our yesterday’s experience where there was little activity on the river just below the Ora Bridge ( some discolored water coming from construction actions on the far side of the river but the Ashton side features crystal clear water). Whereas in the Vernon Bridge area fish were numerously responding to midge and BWO activity.  So consider scouting out the river to find active fish before committing to a certain location.

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