Once again I have gone MIA for a month during prime time of the most remarkable trout season in recent history for this little niche of the woods. For the few left who still stop at this page for fly fishing drivel, updates and photos,  I have taken your suggestions and installed a restroom laptop complete with voice recognition software so I can dictate/multitask reports during the remaining quiet time I have left. I have also purchased a pet monkey who, I am told, can pack orders, chop wood, pick blueberries and send emails to the Russian bride named Olga who keeps asking me to bring her for a visit to the US. I should be just fine now.

It is not that the Goat has not been out on the water with a bunch of awesome clients because he has. Its just that there is no time to write, especially since the hunt and peck method of typing and in fact focusing at the same time seems to be much more difficult at this stage of my life. Is this what they call mid-life crisis?????

OK, conditions. Yes we got crushed a few days ago. Every major news channel had images of the Kinni or the Rush blowing mud from all of its outlets. You don’t need me to tell you that you should probably hold off on the fishing thing for a few days. As I write, the Kinni is running at 262 CFS, down from 3000 CFS shortly after the deluge hit. It is still muddy but has nicely returned to its banks and is continuing to drop. The Rush is the same and might clear a bit faster. It will probably take a day or two yet, maybe more if we get more rain

The Fish. We may have taken another hit in fish counts from this recent blow out, hard to tell and we can only wait for the DNR to run their shocking surveys this August to know for sure.

Here is how my fishing and guiding has panned out this year

-March and April were tough, fish were caught but few and far between. There seemed to be radical fluctuations in air and water temps and it seemed a late warm up this year When we did start catching the fish were fat and big. Some of the nicest quality, hard fighting fish I have seen in years were caught in late April.

-May and early June brought reasonable weather and reasonable catching. Granted the numbers are down, make no mistake about it. Large pools and great holding areas would produce one maybe two fish if your approach was stealthy and you did not throw a bunch of errant casts and froth op the water before you accurately hit your mark. The fish did not give up second chances and if you were asleep at the wheel and failed to react on what might have been a bite(which probably was) you had missed your chance. Hatches were overall poor in my opinion and the best topwater activity happened for a short period of time each day. Bugs were thick on the rocks and fish were fat. There was little reason for them to come to the surface.

June and so far in July. “The return of the 9″-10″fish” Recently clients and myself have caught more smallish(really our regular village idiots) trout than all of the other months combined. I was pleasantly surprised to see these fish. I thought they might be gone. The larger, quality trout have been a bit tougher or have gone into their summer, or more nocturnal feeding habits. This is par for the course and is expected for this time of year. Most of the best fish have come on flies #20 or smaller. The big stoneflies I usually throw have not been producing as many fish as in years past.

Lastly for this report. Who ever left a fly rod in Martel the last week or so, shoot me an email, I know who found it.

There, a little something for you to chew on. How has it been for you?