Baja Billfish and Baetis Bonkin’ Trout

by | Oct 24, 2009 | baetis, baja billfish, cdc flies, harriman ranch, henry's fork, rainbow trout | 1 comment

It looked to be a good day to stay inside and get some artwork done, rig some billfish flies for Baja and perhaps a little yard work, that was until Josh Franco, former Jack Dennis Fly Shop fishing guide called me, “Jeff, let’s go hit the Ranch. Should be some bugs coming off” he said. He was definitely right. It was raining lightly and about 45 degrees. Near perfect conditions to produce mass baetis hatches on the Henry’s Fork.

Feeling as though we are running out of time in October, my favorite fishing month, I said let’s go. It was a great decision. We arrived on the banks of the Henry’s Fork only to see nice fish rising everywhere! As expected, the baetis mayflies were hatching thick on the slow waters of the lower Ranch. When I say lower, I mean below Osborne Bridge. In fact, we were at my favorite Fall spot, the gravel pits. For me, the best imitation for the baetis is the smallest gray mayfly that I can see. Not only see on the water, but that I can tie on to 5X. My eyesight isn’t the best these days and I’m being a bit stubborn on getting glasses. Today, that fly was a European CDC posted parachute in a size 18. It’s body was of very thin profile with a gray chunk of CDC. Not much to be impressed by really, but boy do these things work. At first my fly seemed too big. It dwarfed the real bugs on the water, but on my first presentation to about a 16″ rainbow, my fly was absolutely crushed! The fiesty fish leaped several times and then ran entangling my line in heaps of weeds. Luckily my RIO 5X tippet held on and I landed the gorgeous bow. During the next 3 hours I landed 5 rainbows from 15″ to about 17″. They were not the hawgs the Ranch is famous for but for a 3 hour fishing adventure, I’ll take it any day!

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  1. Bill

    Looks like you guys had an awesome time. My father in law went to Baja for bill fish last year and he had a blast so I think I’m going to join the trip this winter. Your post really got me excited for a fishing trip that’s still 5 months away, thanks a lot.

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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!