Fishing with Old Pals on a Busy River

by | Jul 12, 2020 | south fork snake river

fly-shopsIt’s been eleven years since I worked fulltime running the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson Hole.  I was there for 23 years and cycled through many generations of employees.  Most were kids on summer break from college.  Almost all became close friends and remarkably, I’m still in touch with many.  When they re-visit this region as adults they look me up and often we go fishing.


Curt-Hamby-fishingToday Jesse Belcher, JD class of 1993-94, invited me to take a seat in his boat on a guided trip.  Jess is now 49 years old and a very successful business man in Chicago.  His family booked three boats with WorldCast Anglers and Jesse and I were with my friend and longtime guide, Curt Hamby.


South-ForkWe went to the South Fork of the Snake.  Though 25 years ago the South Fork was one of my favorites, you rarely find me here now.  Its incredibly crowded.  But keep in mind, a crowded river is crowded for a reason.  The South Fork normally fishes well and its also one of the most beautiful floats in the west.


rising-troutOur fishing was tough to say the least.  I was armed with my streamer rod (6-weight Winston Air), my big dry rod (5-weight Air) and my small dry fly rod (4-weight Winston Pure).  None of these three methods were fast and furious.  I scraped up about six decent cutthroats but it took constant concentration.  My favorite fish of the day was this nice little 15” brown trout on a tiny dry fly.  He was a selective little devil that took about five fly changes to finally fool!


fish-IdahoCurt said the South Fork has been good for the most part.  Sometimes the weekend traffic on the river puts the fish down.  There was plenty.  The South Fork is a tailwater and also seemed to get an influx of water while we were fishing.  That often messes with the fish.  Nonetheless, Jesse bumped into a few nice fish as well.


wildlife-fishingIts back to the office a few days now.  Its been nice catching up on things.  I plan to row Jesse down the Rizzo for the evening hatch on Wednesday.  Forecast looks perfect for a Rusty Spinner fall!


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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!