The Comet Neowise Hatch

by | Jul 16, 2020 | fly fishing the Rizzo River

rising-troutFloat fishing the South Fork on a July day is a treat.  That being said, I’d choose an evening on the Rizzo River with a mayfly hatch over the SF every time.  In fact, my partner in crime on the South Fork Sunday, Jesse Belcher, would too.  He’s and old Henry’s Fork Ranch guy also.  So being Jesse is only here a few more days, tonight I took him out there.

 

cutthroat-troutIt was a calm glassy night on the Rizzo.  The hatch was light to start but patience and intense observation provided a few risers to cast at.  Jesse chased a few with no luck but when I took over to show him my slide and drag the fly method I lucked into this beautiful cutthroat.  Looks like at one time in his life he had a close call with an otter by the bite out of his tail.

 

 

 

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Jesse hooked up a few huge sippers during the float.  The big ones weren’t so kind to him however.  He broke off two of the fish.  One on the hook set and one on a surprising surge near the end of the fight.  And this fish just came unbuttoned.  Jesse landed one small cutthroat.

 

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photo by Aaron Stiny

Despite only a few fish to the boat it was a spectacular summer evening that ended with a “once in a lifetime” event.  I kept us out late and as we loaded my boat to the trailer at 10:25 PM, in the distant sky, was the comet Neowise.  There’s a first time for everything and tonight we fished under a comet.  When will this opportunity come again?  Photo is the courtesy of my friend Aaron Stiny.

 

I’m headed for Pinedale, Wyoming tomorrow.  I was scheduled to guide for a fundraiser, “Fishing for the Fight” but thanks to Covid-19 its cancelled.  Regardless, me and some of the other volunteers decided to meet and go fishing.  Should be fun!

 

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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!

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