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I just spoke to Erik Aune, co-owner of North Platte Lodge in Wyoming. The North Platte Lodge guides are currently enjoying some outstanding fishing right now and expect this to continue through the rest of October. The big brown trout are trying to bulk up in preparation for spawning and all fish in the river seem to be getting ready for winter, i.e. eating like crazy! Although the most productive fishing is with a streamer right now, most days still have a dry fly window and streamers are producing the biggest brown trout of the year.

We have good availability at the lodge through October, so give Charles a call at 800-552-2729 if you’re interested in chasing some trophy trout this month!


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El Rancho Pinoso, Colorado

We have just received notice of a cancellation at El Rancho Pinoso, allowing us to offer a significant discount for some lucky group of four anglers!

Thursday, September 15th – Arrive El Rancho Pinoso
Friday – Monday,
September 16th – 19th – Four full days of guided fishing on the Rio Blanco and Weminuche River.
Tuesday, September 20th – Depart

Retail cost: $3,265.50/person for a 5 night/4 day package, based on a group of four anglers

Cost of this trip: $1,632.75/person for a group of four!! This represents a 50% discount!

Included: Accommodations, meals, guided fishing, flies and terminal tackle, riding.
Not Included: Airfare, transportation to the lodge, , alcohol, fishing licenses and gratuities.

Give us a call at 800-552-2729 to take advantage of this great offer!

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This just in from guide extraordinaire Jesse Robbins at 4UR Ranch in Colorado:

“I’ve attached some pics from the past several weeks. Some nice fish in there. We had an epic drake hatch this season, lasting for two solid weeks. It was pretty much clockwork every day, around 930 or 10 they’d come out and the fish would go nuts. Then right around 11:30 the hatch would stop and we wouldn’t see fish rising anymore. So we’d switch over to PMDs and the bite would continue. Run off was pretty easy compared to other reports around the west. Our water levels are great right now, if maybe a bit low. We’ve got lots of caddis around now as well as PMDs still. Hopper and hopper-dropper rigs are also catching fish on a consistent basis. Multiple 20″ fish are being caught every week, with some pushing the 25″ mark. Streamer fishing in our ponds and Lost Lakes continues to be very effective.”

Thanks Jesse!

One child stays for free with one paid child
Offer good for children 9 and under

August 13-20, 2011

We still have some great late-season availability at 4UR Ranch. Give Charles Gehr a call at 800-552-2729 to book your trip to 4UR this year!


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Nelson Ishiyama loves the Henry’s Fork. As owner of Henry’s Fork Lodge, Nelson’s deep affection for and knowledge of the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River knows no bounds. We often use the phrase “they really have their finger on the pulse of that fishery.” Well, Nelson is the pulse of the Henry’s Fork.

While we’ve all been battling tough conditions on our favorite trout streams, or just not fishing at all and waiting for better conditions, anglers in the Island Park area have been enjoying some great fishing on the Henry’s Fork. Following is the official report from the river’s pulse, Nelson Ishiyama:

Some great news from the Henry’s Fork!

  • The water is clear and the dry fly fishing is on fire
  • This year’s record snowpack means the prime fishing will last much longer than usual
  • Henry’s Fork Lodge has some great dates available in July and August

Though most of the northern Rockies are in runoff with high and murky water, the Henry’s Fork is in great shape. Spring fed and buffered further by a dam, the Henry’s Fork is virtually weatherproof, so you are assured of good conditions in this and other years.

Tremendous golden stone hatches, multiple mayfly hatches, including the famed green drakes, pale morning duns and clouds of gray drakes and many species of caddis have the fish rising to a smorgasbord of insects.

Many anglers have reported career days and personal best fish on dry flies in the past weeks, and photos verify their tales. Most fish are in the 16-18” range, but many fish of 20-23” have been caught by happy anglers. One guide who recorded 32 fish of a measured 20” or better last year reports that one client has caught 10 fish of that size so far in four days of fishing this season.

The usual hatch schedule has been delayed into the season, so the coming weeks and months should offer extended excellent fishing. Once other rivers in the Yellowstone area come into shape, the choices will expand even more.

Henry’s Fork Lodge has some prime dates in July and August, so it’s not too late to book a trip for what promises to be an especially great season in this abundant water year.

Jim and Jim Lenardson, father and son, team up with a gorgeous cutthroat on a small stream near Island Park, Idaho

Russ Graham with a set of healthy browns from the lower Henry's Fork.

John Ellis with another big brown trout caught below Mesa Falls on the Henry's Fork.

Give us a call at 800-552-2729 to get your dry fly fix on the Henry’s Fork!

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Fishing continues to be strong in the Rockies as the season starts winding down. Here is a Crane Meadow Lodge report from our good friend and host extraordinaire John Pinto:

“What a great trip! Starting with the weather (not even mittens!) and ending with lots of new friends made around the table and the fire ring.

Too bad most of you had to get back to the office early. On our last day at the ranch, Paul and I each caught 25 brown trout on the dry, most over 30 inches. Paul also managed to hook a 17-foot sturgeon, which unfortunately broke off in a back eddy after a 3-hour fight. After fishing, we tooled around the property on horseback, and caught a glimpse of a wolf pack, several camels, and were charged by a bull elephant. Whew! Those dudes can really move!

As it turned out, there was a small delegation of European chefs who descended on the property that evening, so we enjoyed a 5-course meal washed down with great wine, including a ’92 CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD. A small section of the Ruby River was cordoned off with a rock dam and warmed up to make a hot tub, and while we all soaked away the day’s drama, Cody projected “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” on a giant screen with Surround Sound set up on the lawn. All the guides got a little weepy at the final scene. The evening ended with a foot massage and facial for each guest, delivered in your personal cabin, while Big Dave read each camper a bedtime story from their favorite Dr. Seuss book. Tyler hummed lullaby’s softly in the background for a half hour after lights-out. Bummer you weren’t there.

See you all again next year… John”

Sounds like one heckuva trip!

Give us a call toll-free at 800-552-2729 if you’re interested in visiting Crane Meadow Lodge for some late-season trout fishing!!

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Just in from South Fork Lodge & Outfitters:

The stars have aligned and August is already proving to be one of the best months EVER! Hopper-dropper time is fast approaching! The South Fork is a very beginner friendly river, and this month is great for beginner fisherman to get “hooked” on dry fly fishing! The flows are dropping to the 11,000 cfs level providing top-water action with PMD’s, various stoneflies, and soon terrestrials and caddis. Make sure to keep a good selection of emerger patterns in your box and you will be rewarded with the pickier fish! Keep an eye out for mutant stones later this month, and don’t be afraid to cast streamers in the early morning and late evening. As usual, nymphing rubber legs trailed by a bead head pheasant tail, prince, two bit hooker, or copper john will produce fish.

Give us a call toll-free at 800-552-2729 if you’re interested in fishing with South Fork Lodge & Outfitters!

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This report just came in from our friend Damon Scott, Ranch Manager at El Rancho Pinoso:

“The group had a great first day and we have officially converted the wives into fly fishing fools. They all fished all day and Mrs. Fay ended her day with a 19 inch bow that she worked 2 hours to get.”

El Rancho Pinoso Slideshow

Give us a call toll-free at 800-552-2729 if you’d like to learn more about the private water fishing at El Rancho Pinoso!!

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