C. J. Strike Reservoir

by | Apr 18, 2012 | Uncategorized | 4 comments

Today ends this four day speaking tour/fishing trip. Originally Erick Moncada and I planned to chase some carp around the lower Snake River near Mountain Home, Idaho; however, we received an invite to be part of the maiden voyage of my friend Andy Anderson’s new jet boat. Andy is a superb photographer and he and I worked together on various fly fishing photo projects back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. (Photo – one of many magazine cover photos we shot together.) It didn’t take him long to realize there were much bigger sports and subjects to photograph than fly fishing and he moved on to become a top advertising photographer for big time companies.

Andy’s success would explain why his boat is the nicest jet boat I’ve ever fished out of. This is a boat most hard core angler’s dream of owning. Erik and I met Andy at around 10 this morning on C. J. Strike Reservoir a few miles from Bruneau, Idaho. C. J. is a well known smallmouth bass and black crappie fishery, yet it’s about three weeks too early. Instead, for us today was mostly a boat ride and when we did fish, it was all about struggling with the wind. Not so much the fly casting, but rather handling a big boat to keep us where the fish might be.

C. J. Strike Reservoir is a gorgeous expansion of the Snake River. Fishing today however wasn’t so hot. I began the day hooking a huge rainbow that fought stronger than the norm. I forgot we had an anchor holding us and the feisty bow rapped me up in the anchor rope and busted me off. I had two other hook ups, and landed one small pale stocky trout.

I walked into my house late tonight exhausted as I can remember. 2012 has been a full one for me so far. Tomorrow I’ll unpack and start packing again. Thursday it’s back up to Bozeman, Montana. This time for the Simms Ice Out Guide Event where I’ll be speaking about fly fishing the world at 10:30 on Saturday. This is my last show of the season. As long as I get caught up and rested this week, Ice Out should be a fun get together with many old friends.

Then I’m going to enjoy doing a bunch of art at home and mix it with a heck of a lot of fishing from now till fall!


  1. Erik Moncada

    This weekend was epic, Andy is a funny guy and extremely generous taking us for a ride in his boat. I drove home this day in silence, recapturing the week!

    Until next time.

  2. Todd

    Enjoy the Ice Out Event Jeff. I had a blast last year.

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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!