School, work and just life in general has been rather hectic the past few months, but every once in a while the Moose Knuckle crew has been able to escape the realms of reality and venture to the outskirts of the land. From Block Island Fly Fishing to hidden lakes right next door, we have had some awesome fall fishing mixed with scenic destinations. Here are a few of our favorite shots from the past few months. We hope you enjoy!
Brant Lake Shots
Block Island 30th Birthday Celebration. Unfortunately we didn’t catch any Stripers!
Fall Fishing In Blairstown, NJ. Items needed? Some beervrages, a discovered pet, a good friend and trusty transportation.
It has been one hell of a season this past year. Next year we expect so much more. What’s up next for the Moose Knuckle Crew you ask!? Well, my friends, ice fishing is almost upon us! Augers are all sharpened up, tip-ups are all re-strung and hooked, toasty clothing is ready for wear, and of course a good old American bottle of Yuengling will be in hand. Prepare folks, the stories are just beginning 🙂
As you travel this great big country of ours, you start to locate noteworthy places with the power to draw you back. Eventually, as you have visited enough destinations, you will return to the awesome places you have been to before. Utah’s Green River and the surrounding area is one such location. The Trout fishing is great, the people are amazing and the scenery is unparalleled.
Dry Fly Fishing
The Green River is the only drift boat floatable river in the state of Utah; it is also one of the best dry fly fishing rivers in America. Catching a Trout on the dry fly an exhilarating experience. The best analogy I can give for rippin’ lips on the dry from a boat is, “video game fishing.” There is great pressure and excitement as the oarsman guides the angler into a fine drift. At that point the stress is on the angler, throw the presentation out with enough force to defy the wind but lay it down gently enough to prevent the fly from drowning. Add in a proper mend and you will have a serviceable drift. This drift it is likely to trigger a hungry Trout’s instincts, s/he will emerge from the deep to inspect the tempting offer. The angler will retain a vivid memory of every strike. The wide-open mouth emerging from the deep as you wait to set the hook just right.
On the Green River, certain terrestrial patterns just work. For example, the hopper, an ant, a cicada or the Mormon Cricket are all tried and true, success is always dependent on the time of the year. In addition to these patterns, we were finding strong Midge and Caddis hatches during our five wonderful days.
Brenton recently became the proud owner of the Clacka Eddy, and amazing, light and comfortable drift boat. He was kind enough to let Matt and I take the boat down the A section, when mom/ dad and Brenton/ Jourdan were with their guides.
The first time the family headed out to the Green River, four years ago, we made the mistake of not using a guide and attempting to walk the river. Floating the Green is the best way to fish and explore the river. You will catch fish from the shore though it is nowhere near as effectively as from the drift boat.
Three years ago, through Trout Creek Flies, we stumbled upon Gene Gautieri, we have used him every year since. The next year he introduced us to Nick Jackson a new guide who has worked in both Alaska and Argentina. Nick and Gene both are infinitely patient with the less gifted of us Fly Fishing enthusiasts, while willing and able to set you up for difficult drifts and challenging casts when you get your rhythm together.
In the past year, Utah received a relatively normal snowfall as opposed to the previous year that witnessed a drought. When we first started Fly Fishing the Green River we lived through some high water years that even did damage to the walking trail along the river. During the summer the flow and temperature of the Green River are tightly controlled through the Flaming Gorge Dam. This regulation is what makes the Green a superb tail water fishery.
The floatable sections are broken into the A, B and C. Here at MKFF we have cataloged several float trips down the river. This trip we concentrated on the A section due to sporadic evening thunderstorms that washed out Red Creek. The B below Red Creek and the entire C section was cloudy throughout the entire trip.
I had always associated the A section with fishing weighted nymph rigs using an indicator. Nick worked with Brenton and I to transfer some serious knowledge about fishing the A section with a dry fly. In the four days of guided Fly Fishing adventure Gene was able to impart some of his vast knowledge of the Green River on us!
It’s in the hole!
The fourth Green River Expedition coincided with father’s 57th birthday and as anticipated there were some good family moments. This includes, though not limited to, the finishing of a bottle of Patron with our friends at Spring Creek Guest Ranch, the entire family having a fish on in two separate drift boats and father shouting, “Its in the hole!” for every fish he hooked.
Spring Creek Ranch
There are both places and people that stay familiar even when you leave for a time; one of those unique destinations is the Spring Creek Ranch. Rachael and AJ manage the place with Grandmother Pat and their three children. We have come back for the fourth year in a row, each time we depart it is sad but when we return, it is as if we never left.
Go West Young Man
The call of the American West is strong, every time I go out there it becomes more difficult to leave. I catch more fish and meet more great people, living and loving life in a way that has been lost to mainstream America. The Trout are large, the land is vast and the rivers are clean and cool.
A few weeks back now a few friends of the MKFF crew took a trip up to the Adirondacks to get away from the city and rip a few lips. High expectations were felt throughout the cabin as the crew started to roll in. However, the day before is when I had arrived to take a quick day trip up to the Ausable River with my brother-in-law as the ladies stayed behind to catch a few rays. Not knowing what to expect, I prayed for a slammin day with a good friend and a few beastly trout. My expectations were met pretty well.. Here’s my story…
After a few hours on the Ausable, and a handful of nice trout, we decided to call it a day and head back to the house, the babes, and the beverages. The next day, however, would show the true force of the bass fishing in the Adirondacks.
All in all the weekend birthday break was a blast. Can’t wait for more adventures with the MKFF crew! Tune in next week for the lips that are ripped off of Block Island!!!