My initial post about this trip needs to stand alone. It is important to me to make a separate post that emphasizes how much both John and I appreciated Chris, Shane and Brent. You guys were just plain fabulous on every level! All three of you are clearly very accomplished Carp anglers.
Chris and Shane met us the first morning for breakfast in Soda Springs. From there we headed to the Blackfoot Reservoir to pursue fat, happy, Mirror Carp.
Here in Washington and Oregon we only catch Carp by sight fishing. We just don't have any success blind casting. As far as I knew sight fishing was the only way they could be caught. To a large extent I assume that if a Carp takes a certain fly here in WA she will take the same fly in Idaho. Both of these things are not necessarily true. We spent most of our time blind casting which was certainly a change in strategy for us.
Chris and Shane took us to several different spots on the reservoir. The flies I started with were too small. The water was cloudy and I don't believe the Carp could find my flies. They needed to be twice as large as they were. Chris spent time walking with me, sharing patterns and working hard to get me into fish. He was gracious, patient, and very helpful. You were amazing Chris. Thanks.
Brent met us the second day. The air temperature was in the low 40's. Combine that with hard wind and it was cold. I was wearing a T-shirt, a solar shirt, a flannel shirt, a fleece jacket, waders, and a raincoat. Definitely not what I am typically wearing for a day of Carping. I was still cold with all those clothes. Not long after we started fishing Brent fell in. With the cold water and the cold air the risk of hypothermia was immediate; Brent's day was over.
We went back to the vehicles. Brent had taken off his waders and much of his clothes. I don't post this picture to make fun of him being wet and cold. I post it to make the point that even while he is standing there shivering, before he gets in the truck and turns on the heat, he is making sure that John and I have a couple more the large flies that he uses. Talk about going the extra mile; Brent, that was incredible. You rock man!
There are other things to say and other pictures to post. Home now for three days, my bruises and sprains are healing, the broken rod has been sent in for a warranty claim, and I am feeling very fortunate for the opportunity to have done this trip. Thanks John for doing this trip with me. Thanks so much Chris, Shane, and Brent for all of your help before and during the trip. Again, you guys rock!