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Gone Fishing

Life on and off the waters of the Wood River Valley

A Summer of Fishing 2013

Highlights and photos from a season of angling around Sun Valley

Sep 5, 2013 - 09:54 AM
A Summer of Fishing 2013

South Fork of the Snake River

 IF THERE'S A FLY FISHING HEAVEN, it must look an awful lot like South Central Idaho and the Northern Rockies.

Since I’m lucky enough to call this region home—and to make part of my living writing about fly fishing—here’s a photographic rundown of a summer of angling around these watery parts with my two little fishing buddies, with friends and with the simple companionship of my Scott rod, Ross reel and beer-filled fanny pack.

Clockwise: Silver Creek’s legendary brown drake hatch is the official kick-off for another summer of angling around Sun Valley; Jack and his buddies, Alex & Winston, show off a big brood stock rainbow he caught at Gaver’s Lagoon; Gaver’s Lagoon at the Hayspur Fish Hatchery is a popular, family-friendly put-and-take fishery that is open year-round; First opened in 1907, Hayspur is Idaho’s oldest fish hatchery.

Clockwise: Sammy shows off a rainbow he caught while fishing at the Little Wood Reservoir; Despite being smack dab in the midst of the high desert, Idaho is full of lakes of all shapes and sizes like Murtaugh Lake that are home to everything from trout to sunfish, bass to catfish; The sun sets over the South Hills and the farmland surrounding Murtaugh Lake; A healthy rainbow trout during a typical, terrific summer day on Valley Creek near Stanley.

Clockwise: Enjoying a beer brewed in Colordao with grain grown in Idaho, kept cool by a koozie from California while hanging out in Big Sky Country, Montana; Access to the lower Gallatin River; The lower Gallatin River flowing past Manhattan, Montana; Enjoying some peace, fishing and friendship while rowing the lower Madison River in Montana.

Clockwise: Linda Murphy proved to be a natural while fishing the Big Wood River during Sun Valley Magazine’s summer party; Frolicking along Wildhorse Creek; Casting a day away at the North Fork of the Big Lost River; A brook trout from the North Fork shows off its spots.

Clockwise: Helping Hailey local and SV Mag blogger Kathy Kristenson make her first casts (Somebody had to do it!) on the “Queen of the Dry Fly,” the South Fork of the Snake River; The famous South Fork Lodge; Boat-access only camping in the South Fork Canyon; A feisty 15-inch example of Idaho’s state fish, a cutthroat trout (Westslope) from the South Fork.

Heading towards another fall in Idaho and the Northern Rockies—when the fishing usually gets even better!—at the mouth of the South Fork Canyon.


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About This Blog

Whether he’s being out-fished by his trash talking mother-in-law, guiding one of his young sons through the perils of manhood or finding inspiration from the people of the Wood River Valley, Mike McKenna’s award-winning writing is always sure to entertain. Order a copy of Mike's highly-acclaimed book, "Angling Around Sun Valley: A year-round fly fishing guide to South Central Idaho" from Silver Creek Outfitters.

Gone Fishing's awards include: "Best Blog" 2010 & 2011 by the Idaho Press Club, "Best Web-only Article" of 2011 by the Outdoor Writers Association of California and "Best Fishing" & "Best Humor" blogs of 2012 by the Outdoor Writers Association of America.


"Angling Around Sun Valley" was selected as the "Best Book" of 2013 by Northwest Outdoor Writers Association!

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