Greg Thomas's Blog Archive 2012

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Surviving a spring assault on Alaska's Taku River

Kent Sullivan: Adventurous angler

Editor’s note: As many of you know, longtime friend Kent Sullivan is the most adventurous angler I know. He's also a calculated risk-taker and there's no riskier proposition that he undertakes than running southeast Alaska's Taku River in his jet sled, during spring, searching for steelhead. He recently did just that and came back with yet another crazy story to share.

Personal History: Lake Effect

Lake Effect
by Toby Thompson

Big Rainbows at Washington's Back To The Wall

The West's Fastest Growth Rates for Rainbows

Eastern Washington's Hole In The Wall

Got to tell you I’m excited. I’m setting up the tent tonight for my weekly indoors campout with Tate and Myka, and then I’m packing the rig in the a.m. and pointing it toward Coulee City, Washington.

Tom Rosenbauer's Essential American Flies

At first I wasn’t too excited when I received Tom Rosenbauer’s Orvis Guide to The Essential American Flies, and that was a little hard to admit because I consider Rosenbauer one of the great people in fly fishing as well as a personal friend.

But then I thought about how long I’ve been in fly fishing and considered what I most often pull from my fly boxes. By doing so I remembered two things: First, I reflected on how useful basic pattern books, including Tying Dry Flies and Tying Nymphs, by Randall Kaufman, were to me when I started tying flies and throwing the long rod; and, second, I peered into my boxes and saw a plethora of P-chute Adams’, Prince Nymphs, Hare’s Ears, Muddlers, Elk-Hair Caddis, Sparkle Duns, Stimulators, and P-tail Nymphs.

Bull Trout Mystery on Idaho's South Fork

Back in January I was speaking with Nick Coe, who works with Icy Bay Lodge out of Yakutat, Alaska, a silver salmon fisherman’s paradise. He spends winters in Idaho and recently sent a text with some interesting pics after fishing the South Fork Boise River below Anderson Dam, east of Boise.

Orvis Podcast Hits Milestone— 2 Million Downloads

I’ve been throwing out the love to Orvis a bit lately, ranging from the most recent post on Tom Rosenbauer’s book, Guide to the Essential American Flies, to the Orvis online knot guide, and now to a major milestone—Orvis’ online podcasts, which Rosenbauer creates, have be

North Idaho C & R regulations under attack

I'm a big fan of fishing in north Idaho and I love that area's cutthroat streams, including the Coeur d' Alene, St. Joe, Lochsa, Selway, Kelly Creek and Clearwater. Over the past four years there have been catch-and-release only regulations on the St.

Near Record Fish Count on Idaho's South Fork Snake

The South Fork Snake is one of Idaho’s best trout fisheries—some would argue that is the gem state’s best fishery—and it hosts some solid rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout.

It gets a lot of pressure from locals and the outfitting crowd from Jackson, Wyoming. Bu the river keeps banging them out each year and it should continue to do so in 2012 because research conducted last fall found more than 5, 177 fish per mile in the river, the second highest tally since the mid-1980s.

What does that mean? It means that you should hit the river this spring before runoff and then continue to do so after runoff, which should occur sometime in July this year.  Also this: if you’re looking for a really big brown trout, meaning a fish that stretches past 24 inches and might weigh six, seven, eight, even 10 pounds, the South Fork is a good place to toil—it holds some hogs.

Skwala Stones Emerging on Montana's Bitterroot

It was too nice not to get out of the house this weekend and throw a line on Montana’s Bitterroot River. My decision was made a little easier when I talked to John and Jed Fitzpatrick and was told that they’d take care of the boat and shuttle—all I had to do was show up and fish. That I can do boys, even after staying out way, way too late on Saturday night.