With the increased water flow out of Hebgen Lake, the river below is full of fish. My daughter Allie, Michael, and I sampled this river full of fish on Monday. I pulled out a 1950’s Heddon Bamboo fly rod that I totally rebuilt into a 8′ 5/6 Wt. casting machine and an old Hardy reel to fish. The flies I fitted this outfit with were a #6 BH Delektable Mega Prince Flashback and a #8 BH Delektable Hurless Stone Flashback: >Delektable Flies Gallery.
It was a perfect day with Sqwalla stoneflies emerging and the imitations working on my outfit. 20 or more fish later, the outfit proved deadly. Michael and Allie had equal success with Michael using Pink San Juans, BH Red Headed Stepchilds and Allie fishing a combination of Delektable Mega Princes and Hurless Stones. Michael was the first to crack the 20″ mark with his second Rainbow. Allie caught the largest, a 22″ Bow, and my best was a 20+inch Brown Trout. I simply love fishing the old gear and the cool photos that are produced. Thanks for the cool photos, Michael.