Chasing Char on Jenny Lake

by | Sep 28, 2013 | Uncategorized

blog-Sept-28-2013-1-Lake-TroutIt was October last year that Rick Schreiber and I put the kibosh on the mackinaw up at Jenny Lake.  We found a spot that was absolutely loaded with toddler lakers cruising the bank – perfect size for eating.  Amongst these baby char were some true monsters.  There weren’t many, but every outing we laid eyes on several macks over 20lbs that just lully gagged along the drop off we were fishing.  I became possessed by these magnificent fish and drove to Jenny many early mornings determined to catch one but they were too smart for me.



Two days ago I received an email from my long lost friend Greg Gaddis from Boise.  I tease him, he’s really not a long lost friend, and in fact we’ve stayed in touch.  Greg simply has a great family and he’s been busy for years.  I can’t even remember the last time we did more than sneak a beer together.  So when he emailed me a few days ago that he was in Jackson and wanted to go fishing, I made the time.


Neither of us had all day.  I am preparing for a huge October that includes a ten day speaking tour in Southern California then heading for Africa for three weeks (Yes, you guessed it, this blog will be plastered with tigerfish stories soon).  So we decided to hit Jenny Lake because it’s close to Jackson and we could fish a few hours in the morning.  I sent an email to Schreiber to see if he’d been to Jenny.  He hadn’t and was quick to first point out it was two weeks early but also to say don’t go without him.



We didn’t make it an early one.  I picked up Greg at 8 and we didn’t launch the first cast till after 9.  But that was ok.  It was absolutely freezing cold with high winds and whitecaps.  This picture was during the one minute where I didn’t mind yanking out the camera – a moment of silence from otherwise heavy wind. Believe me, it was ugly out there!



Fishing wasn’t bad.  Between the three of us we hoisted in about ten small lakers from the unsettled lake.  We’d of landed more but I had one of those flies that couldn’t handle the twisting battles from these little lakers, I lost at least another ten.


It was great to see Greg and the good fishing has Rick and I excited to hit Jenny again next week.  That is if the Government doesn’t shut down.  I know nothing about such a threat but Rick told me all about it.  My answer to closed gates – my mountain bike!  We’ll cross that hurdle if it comes.

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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!