One Fly Practice

by | Sep 2, 2011 |

I’ll make this short and sweet because I’m behind in everything do to this fishing problem I have. Gary Eckman, my One Fly Captain, and I fished Moose to Wilson on the Snake River today in Grand Teton National Park in order to get a little practice in for next weekends famous Jackson Hole One Fly Contest. Gary has been on the Snake several times this season but I’ve yet to get over there. Sure, I’ve probably floated it 300 times the last 25 years, but every year it’s different. There are different channels and hatches and every year you simply need a tune up.

This morning was the coldest morning of the summer, a nippy 25º when we launched the boat at 8 AM. I was in shorts and Tevas and already wet wading. That will wake you up! Needless to say, our fishing started very slow. During the first hour streamers didn’t work at all but then gradually produced a few fish. Gary landed three nice ones during my first session on the oars including this Snake River Cutthroat.

In the afternoon things warmed up and it felt like summer again. I decided it was a good idea to test some big dry flies. I tied on the classic original Chernobyl ant and caught numerous fish right away. In fact several were very nice up to 18 inches. Our assessment of today is that the Snake is just beginning to fish great and next weekend during the One Fly should be spectacular. Our “One Fly” choice should not be that hard as many flies worked today. My guess is the weather during the tournament will determine whether I go dry fly or streamer.

I have a busy week of fishing. Granny and I are doing an overnight on the Nunya Tue and Wed. Then on Thursday it’s to the South Fork with Gary. Gary hired guide Zack Payton and I’m the lucky guy that gets to take the back seat and fish away. On Friday I’ll rest up and prepare for the One Fly and fishing in the contest takes place Saturday and Sunday. Should be a great week!


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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!