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We are delighted to announce that our head guide, Doug Gibson, has received the prestigious 2014 Orvis Endorsed Guide Lifetime Achievement Award!

We can’t think of a more deserving, humble angler than Doug to receive such a distinct honor. Doug has been guiding for Three Rivers Ranch since we first became Orvis-endorsed in 1974. His leadership, desire and expertise in the fly fishing industry has influenced immeasurable clients, fellow guides as well as local anglers. Doug has spent a lifetime sharing his knowledge and passion for our area and fly fishing, as well as helping define what it means to be an outstanding guide in the industry.

Below is the wonderful press release Orvis wrote to recognize Doug's award. 

 


 

Doug Gibson Named Orvis-Endorsed  Guide Lifetime Achievement Award

SUNDERLAND, VT (April 2014) – The Orvis Company has announced Doug Gibson, Three Rivers Ranch, Warm River, Idaho (www.threeriversranch.com) as Orvis-Endorsed Guide Lifetime Achievement Award.   There are few people lucky enough to be born in great trout country. An even smaller, fortunate few are able to remain in that land for the rest of their lives. Doug Gibson is one of the few.  

Born in Newdale, Idaho, Gibson has been fishing for more than 56 years. Currently the head guide for Three Rivers Ranch in Warm River, he began his guiding career in 1972 and, as the saying goes, has not looked back since. He has received the Guide of the Year Award from Orvis in the past, a testament to his expertise, experience and knowledge on the water. As a true native of the area, he possesses a wealth of knowledge of Idaho’s flora, fauna and fisheries.  A true gentleman, he is well respected by fellow guides and adored by clients who return, year after year, to fish under his guidance.  

For over twenty years the Orvis Company has been recognizing excellence in sporting experiences through its Endorsed Lodges Outfitters and Guides program. Each endorsed operation has its own character, but all share the same high standards: great service, great fishing or wingshooting, and an experienced, professional staff. These standards of excellence are continually reviewed by the Orvis staff and evaluated by visiting guests in post-visit critiques sent directly to The Orvis Company. Orvis-Endorsed operations cater to every ability from beginners to experts. 

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Posted by on in Fly Fishing Blog in Idaho, Montana, Yellowstone
    Fly fishermen could (and should) agree that most of what we know comes by learning from others, either through books, first-hand experiences or by simply asking questions from total strangers.   I am no exception in my hunger to learn, and I make it a point to listen from others whenever possible to enrich my own experience.   A couple of years ago, I was fishing with a long-time fishing buddy, guide and font of fly fishing knowledge greater than myself.  We were drifting the Henry’s Fork during spring and deep-running rubber-legs and red worms with the explosion of the salmon fly hatch just around the corner.  After several long drifts without a bite, my buddy glanced at my rig and wondered out loud why I was fishing a tapered leader when we were clearly targeting fish suspending five to ten feet deep?   Not knowing any other way, I suddenly felt like that kid in elementary school sitting in the corner with the dunce cap on his noggin.  This seemingly regular day completely changed the way I run my nymph rigs, and it will do the same for you. 
 
     My boat mate began to belittle me (in a way only good fishing buddies can) on how I could have fished for so long and not noticed how the first four or so feet of a tapered leader does not sink.  He showed me his relatively simple rig and I changed up my own and hooked two fish in three straight drifts.
 
     To begin with, he was right.  Nearly the first half of a tapered leader really doesn’t sink at all, and getting down to the hot zone quickly and efficiently is extremely important.  His simple solution was to lose the tapered leader altogether.  I have since slightly modified his technique, but both work extremely well in getting down quickly and cleanly.  His rig consisted of simply tying straight 2X or 3X fluorocarbon (like Orvis Mirage) directly to the butt section from the fly line.  He runs roughly four to five feet to a blood knot which connects to 4X for the last three to five feet and your presentations.  Remember, fluorocarbon is denser than mono and will sink just a bit faster.  The strength of line chosen depends upon obvious conditions such as depth, size of your flies and the size of the potential fish you could encounter, but the main theme is simple to understand.  Once I changed up my rig, I began to notice immediately that my flies were getting down to the lethal zone much quicker, and mending over became easier and more effective. 
 
     I took his method one step further and began tying my main leader directly to the fly line via a nail knot to completely remove any thick portion of leader material.  I am fortunate to be able to donate a rod exclusively to nymphing on my outings, and changing this rig back and forth from tapered to non-tapered leaders can be time consuming.  However, during those early and late months of the season, deeper nymphing is often times the name of the game, and I have also found that chucking streamers with this rig offers the same faster-sinking results. 
 
     I have just a few words to elaborate on two ways one can attach the indicator on these types of rigs.  As you will find out, a standard bubble indicator will usually slide on leader material as thin as 2X to 4X in diameter.  My buddy ties a loop knot with the butt section through the indicator, and then ties the main leader to the loop in the butt section with a standard clinch knot.  As I mentioned earlier, I prefer to tie the main leader directly to the fly line itself.  In this case, I merely attach my indicator and tie a square knot around the indicator to keep it from slipping.  You can regulate the depth of the bugs by adding or subtracting lengths of leader with blood knots.
  
     If I look back upon the many Ah-Hah moments of my fly fishing career, I would be hard-pressed to name one that has brought me more success than simply substituting a straight, fluorocarbon main leader for a tapered leader when throwing nymphs.  Try this method and you will have that light bulb moment like I did!  
 
 

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Posted by on in Product Reviews
      I will start by freely admitting I am a Sage Guy - there, that‘s done. I have had many different models since my first Sage rods, and for the most part, they accommodate and enhance my personal styles of fly fishing. I remember the old LL (Light Line) series, as well as my still-trusty RPL series in varying weights. At first, I probably never chose Sage for any particular reason. However, I do know that I was taught fly casting and fishing by knowledgeable people that all seemed to use Sage rods. This is not to say that there aren’t remarkable rods that have been manufactured by several companies over the years, and I can honestly say that I have three “favorite” fly rods currently, and one is not a Sage!
 
 
     This being said, I am eager to relay to you just how incredibly wonderful the new Sage One Series of rods is. I am a caster that prefers faster-action, Tip-Flex rods and I find my style to be centered more on muscle power, as opposed to what I usually teach to be important. That is, to let the rod do most of the work and concentrate on subtlety and control. I guess the old saying rings true - do as I say, not as I do! I will also admit that my style is by no means a thing of grace and beauty, but I get the job done and I don’t fix what ain’t broken.
 
     As I became a proficient fly caster and learned exactly what I really liked and disliked in a rod, I advanced into a rod that was, and still is, probably my most favorite rod that ever left a plant from Sage - the XP series of rods that were discontinued years ago. Upon casting my first XP 6wt, I realized exactly how much I didn’t know about my own casting preferences, and consequently, my personal casting possibilities suddenly became endless again. The XP was probably one of the favorite rods of many casters (those that have been able to own one) that prefer stiffer and faster-action rods. It just had an explosive pop on the forward and back casts, like it was loaded with thick rubber bands commonly associated with the weapons of choice used by spear fishermen. Lifting 10, 15 or even 20 yards of line was not an exercise in torture or futility, but almost a foregone conclusion not dwelt upon. The strength, control and animation found in the XP series made it a must-have for all Sage aficionados, and it was one of the longest-running manufactured series in their storied history. Unfortunately, Sage discontinued this line and subsequently offered fast-action rods such as the XI, TCX and Z-Axis lines which filled their niches nicely.
 
 
     Now that I have had chances to fish with two of the Sage One Series rods during the past season, I am as excited as a kid in a candy store to once again honestly say that Sage has created a fly rod as close to the XP as any since! If you are a caster that prefers stiffer backbones, meatier movement when chucking large presentations or just an experienced fly fisher that likes to send their flies beyond the next nearest zip code, the Sage One Series is right down your alley. It is not too stiff, but actually seems to be able to morph into a more medium-action rod when closer, more gentle casts are necessary. Then, with a flick of one's mental wrist, this rod comes to life and becomes the go-to, true Tip-Flex rod with a glorious “sweet spot” for powerful loading. It does take the place of two rods with ease, and I would highly recommend (since I have fished with them) the 4wt, the 5wt and the 6wt Sage One models as they are really special fly rods. In fact, Sage makes the One Series from 3 weights all the way to 12 weights, and although I have not cast these higher weights yet, I can only imagine they do an amazing job for trout to tarpon.  Do yourself a favor and come check out these One Series rods by Sage and once you cast one, you will become the believer I already am!
 

Stop in to the Driggs fly shop, talk to Dave, & give the Sage One the wiggle test!
 
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      With such a wide variety of fly rod actions available today, it can be confusing to many fly casters to find that exact action needed for the job. Most fly rod manufacturers offer varying degrees of casting performance and this is done for a good reason. The way one casts, the size and configuration of the waters fished and the choice of rod weight can all be important factors when choosing a particular fly rod. Even the strength of the preferred tippet can determine the proper rod performance and it will help the fly fisher to know these tendencies when choosing a particular fly rod. Lets examine the different flex capacities found in many fly rods and it will help you tremendously in choosing the right one for your likes and needs.
 
       Most fly rod manufacturers, including those TRR sells such as Orvis, Sage, Loop and Temple Fork, offer rods in Full-Flex, Mid-Flex and Tip-Flex models. These terms refer to the strength and bend through the rod from the butt to the tip. Generally, Tip-Flex models will have a stiffer bend through most of the rod and will become more flexible through the final quarter or so of the rod. This creates a stronger backbone and allows for more heavy-handed and quicker casting with larger presentations such as big foam patterns and streamers. Tip-Flex rods are a favorite in our region as they also cut through windy days with much more ease. When casting large streamers and heavier tippets, a stiffer, faster-action rod (Tip-Flex) is the preferred hardware for strong hook sets and possibly larger quarry.
 
     Conversely, Full-Flex rods will have a “traditional” bend and have less of a noticeable backbone throughout. What this creates is a rod with a more parabolic, or traditional bend all the way from the handle to the tip (See 1 & 2 Weight Fly Rods). This type of Full-Flex bend creates what most would call a caster’s rod. It calls for much more subtle casting techniques and one would tend to let the rod do most of the work as muscling a softer, Full-Flex rod will only counteract the performance of these highly technical rods. This rod action helps the angler to perform delicate, precise and close-range casts. As an example, most casters that are fishing lighter tippets and smaller presentations would prefer this Full-Flex performance as subtlety and accuracy are the names of the game. Also, when using lighter tippets down to 6X and 7X strengths, setting the hook with authority will need the forgiving bend of these softer rods to avoid breaking the tippets time after time.
 
      To round out these different actions, the Mid-Flex rods are usually a happy medium between the two actions noted above. It offers excellent performance with a combination of butt strength and medium flex for less casting effort (Look at 5& 6 Weight Fly Rods). These rods also offer quality performance over a wide range of casting conditions and styles. The Mid-Flex rod is one that I go to every time when I need to combine all these varieties of flex into one fly rod.
 
     Of course, casting a rod before you purchase it is always recommended and we at Three Rivers Ranch are more than willing to let you do just that. If you have questions regarding the rods you currently have or rods that you are looking at please feel free to contact our shop here in Driggs or Ashton and we will be happy to show you the options best suited for your needs. Thank you for joining THE EDDY and have a great New Year!
 
 
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     It seems like there are hundreds of fly boxes out there for every need.  Some fly boxes have better designs, some with fish print, or metal engraved, some fly boxes are made of expensive wood, and then you have the cheap plastic ones...  At some point in time, each might find a comfortable place in the bottom of our pack.  But, The JamPac Fly Box is one of those fly boxes that seems to never go to the bottom of my pack.

     The Jam Pack Fly Box organizes the small fly cups you get in your local fly shop!  You go into the fly shop, buy a dozen flies that will work for you, if you're like me, toss the flies & cup in your pocket.  With the Jam Pac, you can throw all those fly cup in there.  You can organize them, or not, it's your choice.  You can organize them into patterns, hatches, or weeks, if you're a guide you can keep your clients flies in one handy place.  Just get a sharpie and write on the side.  It's that easy.

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Posted by on in Tiers Corner: Tips, Tricks, & Ideas on Tying Flies
     More and more fly fishermen and women are picking up the vices and tools and tying their own patterns, and I could not be more stoked! There are certainly many cool aspects of tying one’s own flies whenever possible, as well as very real benefits. Let’s explore the comparisons between tying and buying and you can make the decision.
 
      First and foremost, when I consider the benefits of being able to tie my own flies, one inherent result emerges which is the real basis of doing the work myself. There is no better feeling than catching a fish on a fly that you yourself have tied - period. When I can catch a fish on a fly that I have made myself, I feel as though I am completing the circle of casting, catching, thinking and preparing.  In the scheme of things, what else is there?   
 
      Let us now take a look at the cost benefits of tying over buying. I am reminded of an article I read just a month ago from a fisherman writing for a shop in Wyoming (won’t mention the shop or writer’s name, but if you assumed this shop was only 30 miles away from Driggs, you would be right.) The article goes on to say that the cost of purchasing the needed vice, tools and materials would counter the savings of tying one’s own flies. Huh? That is like saying you should just rent skiis instead of buying them because the initial cost would be cheaper than purchasing. Sure, if you are a beginning tier, you will have to pony up between $100 and $200 to get started tying, depending upon the quality of the vice you choose. And sure, you will need to then start your collection of materials, hooks, beads, feathers and threads for the future. However, let’s say you put down the $200 to get started? These vices and tools are often one-time purchases for years of tying! How many store-bought flies can you buy with $200? 80 flies? 100 flies? Less, if purchased from said shop above? I would wager that the average fly fishermen forks that over to shops in one season easily. From merely a standpoint of dollars, you would make up the cost of purchasing equipment in the first season, if not sooner.
 
      There are certainly many times where tying flies will be next to impossible, even for veteran tiers. While there are myriad of patterns that are relatively simple to tie, there are also many that I leave to the experts. I buy many patterns from shops and have since I first picked up a fly rod - it will be inevitable. What I try to do is tie the vast amount of patterns that I can and leave the difficult ones to guys like Doug Gibson. He is our head guide and a master tier and I gobble up advice and direction from guys like him whenever possible. We all learn by observing and asking questions and will for a lifetime.
 
      Finally, some food for thought. Even though we have progressed in life beyond the days in first grade making macaroni noodle pictures with glue and sparkle, we still have an urge to create things with our hands, and fly tying is the ultimate arts & crafts for adults. It engages us to create and expand our knowledge of fishing with artificial presentations. Fly tying also gives us a much better concept of amateur entomology, which is invaluable to the rocky mountain trout fisherman. I encourage you to pick up this hobby and you will find it to be rewarding in so many ways other than just a savings in your wallet.
 
     TRR has all the options and advice for the beginning fly tier and the Driggs location hosts a weekly fly tying night during the winter off-season. Every Wednesday night we get together from 4pm to 6pm to tie, discuss patterns, offer advice and provide a club-like atmosphere where beginning to advanced fly tiers can interact. If you are interested, please contact Dave Heib at (208) 354-1200 or stop by the shop Tuesday through Saturday and we can discuss all of your future needs.
 
Happy tying and Happy Holidays from the Crew at TRR!
 

SAVE $15 on this Fly Tying Kit, it will allow you to tie these 8 flies: Wooly bugger streamer, chartreuse/white Clouser minnow, Adams dry, emerging X-caddis dry, flashback, pheasant tail nymph, hare's ear nymph, Letort hopper, beadhead soft hackle nymph.
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Posted by on in Tiers Corner: Tips, Tricks, & Ideas on Tying Flies
     Chubby Chernobyl patterns have risen to the forefront of effective dry presentations over the years and many fly tiers have taken up the challenge of tying their own versions. I find tying these large foam patterns to be extremely fun and interesting, and the cost savings over purchasing them in shops can be measurable. These patterns can require a good amount of material, however, and I have come up with an easy, additional step that can save material and improve the performance of the fly.
 
       When tying these foam patterns, most tiers will use some form of tapered Chernobyl foam body cutter to punch out the desired size of foam to create the buoyant bodies of these flies. For the longest time, I would punch out the maximum amount of bodies from the foam sheet, usually 2mm thick, and be left with a skeleton of unused strips of foam. Sometimes I would take them and cut them down to tie beetles and ants, but for the most part, it would be wasted material. What I decided to do was to utilize this extra foam material to accomplish two results.

      First of all, let’s re-examine the reason we are using foam bodies in the first place. The foam material is buoyant and will float the large dry patterns without the need to constantly apply gel floatants or desiccants. Many Chubby patterns require a fat body created with your choice and color of dubbing material, and after tying a dozen or two of these bugs, one can see how much dubbing is spent in the process. Here is where the leftover strips of foam come in very handy.  

     I take the remaining strips and cut them to roughly the length of the hook shank I am tying. After I complete the tail flash, I will take one of these strips and tie it down onto the shank before I continue the fly. There is no need to tie this strip down tightly as you want to build up the body before continuing the fly. When you are ready to complete the body with dubbing, you already have most of the body girth built up and you will find that the use of overall dub material can be cut in half! 

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Posted by on in Product Reviews

     We are well into the winter fishing season and I feel the need to give my wholehearted opinion as to my preference in footwear for the hearty, all-season angler.  As summer gave way to an abruptly chilly fall this year, I was ready to pack my Simms Rip-Rap Sandals away for another long winter and break out the waders, socks and warmer clothing required by our part of the country in September.  The only traditional equipment I would forego is the bulky wading boot, and I was eagerly looking forward to my winter fishing footwear of choice.  It may come as a surprise to you, as my choice is also the Rip-Rap Sandal during the chilly afternoons of both fall and winter!

 
     I will begin by saying I am not the best source of advertising for companies manufacturing traditional wading boots.   Many years ago, I was in the middle of an explosive fall fishing season and found myself at the boat ramp having forgotten my wading boots.  I had two choices; either take the two- hour round trip to pick up my boots and lose half of my only day off that week, or slip into my Keen sandals and get the boat in the water.  I chose the latter and found that I was as comfortable and unencumbered as could be!  This one trip changed the way I looked at using big, bulky wading boots from then on.
 
     Although I spent the remainder of that season sliding like a figure skater over slippery river rocks due to the extreme lack of traction those summer cruising sandals provided, I was determined to seek out specific sandals that would perform more effectively.   Simms has been making a couple of different types of wading sandals for years now, and I have owned multiple pairs for my summer and winter wade fishing ever since.  I wear the true size sandal in the summer months, and then move up two sizes to accommodate thick socks and wader booties for fall and winter.
 
     Let me discuss the advantages I have enjoyed since I donated my wading boots to the local thrift store and began using sandals all year long.   I found that movement and dexterity while maneuvering the many rock-bottom formations we experience while river fishing was greatly increased while fishing in Rip-Raps.  In my humble opinion, most wading boots are stiff, tight and restrictive, and using low-top sandals helps me maneuver over and around the round river rocks with more ease and confidence.  The Simms Rip-Rap Sandals come equipped with the same performance-enhanced Vibram rubber soles as those found on many high-end wading boots, and they have perforations for incorporating a wide variety of stud patterns as well!  In fact, the Rip-Rap Sandals are able to be equipped with 6 differently configured studs that can be screwed in and out at will.
 
     I will be honest and say I have not missed having wet wading boots that must weigh 5 pounds each!  With these sandals, dry-hiking and wet wading can be accomplished all day long without the fatigue of lugging the extra weight of traditional wading boots.  These sandals also sport mesh bladders between the sandal slings to prevent sand and pebbles from entering.   Furthermore, many fishermen who are fortunate to fish out of drift boats would find that the ease and comfort of much less material creates increased maneuverability while moving around inside the craft.
 
     When discussing my preference for Rip-Rap sandals with other fishermen, I have routinely been told that wading boots are much warmer than sandals could ever be.   First of all, what happens when you fish in traditional wading boots?  You thoroughly soak your boots with the same 45 degree water that hits your 4mm neoprene booties regardless of what footwear you chose.  I have found that the un-restricted fit of the Rip-Rap Sandal is more comfortable and provides much better circulation than the traditional fit of standard wading boots.  Furthermore, the durable yet lightweight material of the sandals facilitates the drying process, and therefore, the warming process!  Fall and winter fishing in wading sandals is equally as warm as fishing in bulkier wading boots, and I have fished throughout entire winters for years now and consider the cold factor to be one that is inevitable after wading for hours, regardless of what you are wearing.      
  
     I may seem to be a walking billboard for Simms wading sandals, but take my word for it, when a company builds a better wading sandal, I will forsake Simms and move on.  There are many types of wading sandals on the market, and most fishermen do use them for wet wading throughout the summer seasons.  I have merely taken to using sandals year-round and will continue to do so as long as there are excellent options to bulky and heavy traditional wading boots.  Try them for yourself and you will be hooked!
 

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Posted by on in Fly Fishing Idaho

Looking for the best deal of the season? Look no further. This is it!  Right now through December 31, if you spend $1,000 on our online store you will receive a FREE guided fly fishing day trip! That’s a $515 gift from us to you, just for shopping with us! Where else can you find a deal this good?

$1000 is really is easy to get to, especially when shopping for your friends and family. Make your list, check it twice and follow our gift giving suggestions to score the coolest deal out there right now. Here’s a few of our gift suggestions that will help get you there:

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The holidays are here! As you prepare to find the best gift to give that special someone in your life, we here at TRR Outfitters / Three Rivers Ranch offer you our Top Gift list to help make your gift buying easier this year. And as always, we offer SHIPPING FREE on everything!

 

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Posted by on in Fly Fishing Reports

The cold winter months are slowly creeping upon us. We have certainly enjoyed a beautiful fall, with a days here and there offering a taste of what’s to come.  And although the fishing tourists have slowed and the traffic on the river is much slower, there's still plenty of great fishing to be done!

Fall and winter fishing in East Idaho is for those of you enthusiasts ready to layer up and head out to the river. If that's you, you know that the fishing can be extremely productive, relaxing and rewarding. Yesterday, I was visiting with Paul Beckley, one of our veteran guides who had just fished the Warm River area of the Henry's Fork the previous day. He had a great day, catching 6-7 Browns and one Rainbow all measuring 16-20 inches. Not bad! When asked what to use at this time of year he firmly stated, 'Baetis, Baetis, Batis! Basically, if you throw one any place on any section of water running west you're going to catch something.' Nothing like the honesty of a fly fishing guide... And he's right.

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Posted by on in Fly Fishing Reports

Expect beautiful fall fishing as you head out to the river! The weather is cool and the water levels have dropped. Fall fishing is at it's finest. Heading out? Here's our advice on what to use or try. Useful stuff, no fluff.

Henry's Fork of the Snake - Always great fishing especially with these cool fall days. Try midges, Mahogany duns and baetis.

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Posted by on in News

This past weekend, Reel Recovery, a national non-profit organization that conducts fly-fishing retreats for men battling cancer held a retreat at Three Rivers Ranch in Warm River, Idaho.

Reel Recovery is a national non-profit organization that facilitates life-changing retreats for these brave men. Reel Recovery's Mission is 'to help men in the cancer recover process by introducing them to the healing powers of the sport of fly-fishing, while providing a safe, supportive environment to explore their personal experiences of cancer with others who share their stories.' Thanks to generous donations, the event is free to participants.

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Posted by on in Fly Fishing Reports

Not much has changed in the past couple of weeks as far as fishing conditions go. Although all rivers are still being productive, things have been a little tough. Check out our last post as far as what flies to use right now. But be ready. As the weather cools and the water temperatures begin to drop, look for the emergence of Blue-winged Olives and Mahogany Duns.

Call us today with your fly fishing questions or to reserve your guided trip! (800) 360-9051

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Posted by on in Fly Fishing Reports

Are you ready for these Dog Days of summer to end? Let's be honest. The past few weeks of fishing have been a little difficult, although always rewarding. We're happy to report things are picking up everywhere and fishing has been much more productive. Take note: a Hopper Dropper seems to be working pretty much anywhere right now. That beautiful brown (pictured) caught by Necia, with Three Rivers Ranch guide Eric, was caught on a hopper. Sweet!

Here's what to expect and what to use as you head out for that perfect catch.

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Posted by on in Fly Fishing Idaho

What’s a Hopper/Dropper?  It’s grasshopper season! Pretty much anywhere in the Yellowstone-Teton territory you can find grasshoppers right now along any grassy river bank. Once those summer winds hit them, hoppers fall into the passing stream making a delicious meal for hungry trout. Hoppers tend to come out around mid-late July and often last through fall or until the first frost sets in.

 

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Posted by on in Fly Fishing Reports

Happy mid- July! Here’s the latest talk in the shop on What’s Happening Now!

Box Canyon continues to fish well. We recommend trying a double nymph set up like a Golden Stone and dropping a Red Copper John. Drakes are about done, but we’re starting to see a few Stone Flies. Going lower? Use Caddis, PMD’s or Drakes. The Railroad Ranch is fishing really well. We’ve had quite a few veteran anglers tell us it’s fishing (in their humble opinion) like it did 20 years ago. Lots of fish for your patient, determined angler. Try Caddis and Brown Drakes.

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Posted by on in News

Recent research by the Henry’s Fork Foundation and Idaho Fish and Game biologists shows that there are currently more Rainbow trout in the Box Canyon stretch of the Henry’s Fork then there has been since the 1970’s. A few major factors they believe contribute to the increase of Rainbows is due to a large number of two-year old fish spawned in 2011, the increased water flow from the Island Park Dam from the 2011-2012 winter, and possibly due to the increased fish production from the Buffalo River. Whatever the case, biologists believe there are 6,200 fish per mile, plus or minus 500.

Stop in to one of our conveniently located fly shops in either Island Park or Ashton, Idaho to get hooked up with the right flies to take on Box Canyon.  Right now you’ll want to have some Golden Stones, Green Drakes, Rubber Legs and Caddis. If you’re interested in a guided fishing trip through the canyon section you can reserve your guided fly fishing trip NOW or call the fly shop. (208) 652-3008 in Ashton or (208) 558-7501 in Island Park.

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Posted by on in Fly Fishing Reports

According to the calendar, summer has officially begun! Here's to great weather, big hungry trout and enjoying those late evening summer hatches! And here's what to expect while out on the river:

Henry's Fork Fly Fishing Report:

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Posted by on in Fly Fishing Reports

If you’ve never been to Cave Falls on Fall River, or if it’s been a few years, I highly recommend a day trip to this spectacular area for either a picnic, day hike or fishing. Cave Falls is located in the southwestern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. You can get there by following the road east of Ashton, Idaho, State road 47. The falls are about 23 miles from Ashton.

We recently took kids to the area for a fun day hike and picnic, and of course for some fishing. The day proved extremely productive. Not only did we enjoy the gorgeous scenery and exploring the beauties this corner of the world offers, but we also caught a lot of fish! Nothing large in size by any means, but it was one of those days where you couldn’t throw your line in the water and know a fish would be greeting your line! This is my favorite kind of day to experience with kids, it makes the whole sport of fishing more exciting and plants that desire to go again.

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What’s Happening Now on the Henry's Fork of the Snake River?  The Henry’s Fork is fishing really well! We’re in between hatches as the Salmon flies were a bit early this year and just finished up. They’re currently biting Caddis & PMD’s and a few Golden Stones.  The Golden stones should be picking up soon, so watch out for them.  We’ve been catching a lot of nice size fish so far, and plenty of them!  Last week one client caught a 27 inch Brown on the lower section.  Sweet!

What’s Up Next for the Henry's Fork?  

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You got the boat, the rod, reel, and the fly to match the hatch.  Now a shuttle!?  Why not get your shuttle taken care of where you buy flies?  We have tens of thousands of flies in each of our fly shops on top of that, all the top brands in Fly Fishing & our fly shops are right on the Henry's Fork & Teton River. 

TRR Outfitters' River Shuttle Service offers fly fisherman & local outfitters an easy, safe, and reliable way to shuttle vehicles downriver.  We have been in business since the late 1920's and have been providing shuttles for our guides since 1974.  We now offer this Henry's Fork Shuttle Service from our Ashton Fly Shop; however, you can schedule a Henry's Fork Shuttle from any of our four fly shops in East Idaho (Island Park's Orvis Fly Shop, Driggs Fly Shop, & in Warm River)

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Yes, we love to fish. Of course when we go fishing our intention is to catch fish, why else would we be doing it? Right!?

Over time, I have come to realize that there are just a few 'fish in a lifetime' one can remember.  But, all the other experiences pertaining to that fishing trip which did not produce the most memorable fish can sometimes be the most memorable.

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ahh, January.  Spending time in nature makes one start to pay attention to the surroundings. Have you ever been on the river fishing when all of a sudden every fish in the river is up and feeding and then, hour later the biggest hail storm comes through and shuts it down? How about bonefishing when every single fish or school of fish are running and not eating, then the next day the wind blows so hard you can’t stand up on the bow?


Spending time observing the locals of Teton Valley, Idaho is much the same.  The locals are aware of the weather as much as they are aware of the day of the week.  We live the weather.  When the forecast was calling for 10 to 20 below zero temps in the mountains, the fly tying materials were selling off the wall at our Driggs shop.  Our favorite locals were stocking up and preparing for the cold, just like the native cutthroat on the Teton River before a hail storm in the summer.  Locals just seem to know before others.

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We would like to introduce our new fly fishing blog on TRRoutfitters.com.  We are here to bring you a series of stories, reviews, travel recommendations, and a whole lot more.  We love to fly fish and will do our best to bring you info worth reading.  Our reviews will come from a fly fishing guide's perspective and will give you the honest truth about the products we love and some that we don't.

We invite you to subscribe, leave a comment and say hello.  Thank you for your support!

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Idaho the movie

Three Rivers Ranch owner, Lonnie Allen featured in "Idaho, the Movie."

Three Rivers Ranch recently had the opportunity to be featured in a documentary that premiered this past weekend called Idaho, the Movie. The one-hour television, “Planet Earth” style documentary is about ‘one of America’s most spectacular and least known states’. The movie features well known places and hidden treasures throughout the Gem State.

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Fly Fishing the Henry's Fork of the Snake River

The Henry's Fork of the Snake River is still fly fishing quite well.  If you're looking for a little fall fly fishing in Idaho, the Henry's Fork of the Snake River should be high on your list.

Streamers are working late evening and early morning.  Blue Winged Olives are sporatic, but effective as well.  Your best best is the old & reliable dry/ dropper technique.

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Review of the New Orvis Helios 2 Fly Rods!  Pre Order one Today!

The newest fly rod from Orvis is another amazingly lightweight, yet powerful fly rod. The Helios 2 fly rod far surpasses its predecessor, the original Helios fly rod.


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Trout TV features Three Rivers Ranch, fly fishing the Henry's Fork & Teton River.

Three Rivers Ranch recently had the opportunity to host producer, Bob Asbury and Rich Birdsell from Trout TV. TroutTV, is a syndicated show airing weekly on about 35 stations throughout the upper northwest. The show travels to some of North America’s most coveted fishing locations and destinations. Three Rivers Ranch, having access to many of these legendary rivers, not to mention offering world class fly fishing accommodations and service will be featured on an upcoming TroutTV episode in their 2013 season.

Three Rivers guide, Nick Minor had the opportunity to guide Bob and Rich during their stay.  They hit the renowned Upper Henry’s Fork of the Snake and also the famed Teton River. These rivers were productive and offered some beautiful scenery and great fishing for Rich. Both men particularly enjoyed their day on the lower Teton, where Rich caught a beautiful 20 inch cutthroat trout.

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Fun Things To Do Around Yellowstone: Feed The Fish In Warm River

Have you ever driven along highway 47 and stopped to feed the fish in Warm River, Idaho? Each year thousands of people stop along the observation deck and enjoy feeding large, hungry trout. The experience is unique and exciting. But many may not know how this unique tradition started.

In the 1920's, Fred and Berta Lewies built a store and auto service station in the tiny town of Warm River, where they homesteaded and began what is now Three Rivers Ranch. Without electricity, Fred and Berta constructed a wooden box and placed it into the cold water of Warm River to keep milk, soda, and other fresh items cool. Fred and Berta would often stand on the box and throw bread or left over popcorn from the convenience store into the river to fish below. As trout numbers increased, other travelers would stop and feed the fish. At that time, the section of river, just below the bridge was not closed to fishing. Fred and Berta would kindly request that anglers bypass this area so that others could enjoy feeding the trout. The Idaho Fish and Game eventually closed this section of the river to anglers and the land that the observation deck sets on was donated to the state by Harry and Lillian Lewies, Fred and Berta's son and daughter in law. The Idaho Fish and Game built a large platform that now serves as a place to feed the fish and to protect this attraction.

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Mid-Late August 2012

Grasshoppers are hoppin’ on Idaho’s most famous rivers!

South Fork of the Snake River Fly Fishing Report

I had a chance to visit with Sam, a Three Rivers Ranch guide yesterday about fishing conditions on the beautiful South Fork of the Snake River. Sam shared that from Palisades Dam to Byington, the South Fork is really fishing well. He noted that with summer still in full swing, it’s not a bad idea to head out early, as the river gets pretty crowded in the afternoon. Any angler wanting to enjoy a productive day will want to throw Caddis, PMD’s and Nymph Droppers right now. He also mentioned they’re starting to look up for grasshopper’s, so be ready because once they start on grasshoppers - it’s game on.

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The Ashton Reservoir Boat Access will be closed Thursday, July 26 2012.  The Idaho Fish & Game will be making some much needed improvement on the parking lot.  They will be sealing the parking the entire day.

If you need to fish, we recommend fishing Box Canyon, Harriman Ranch, or the Upper section of the South Fork.

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Fly Fishing 101 Class in Idaho:  Learn how to fly fish for free!

by Chad J. Allen, of TRRoutfitters.com

Fly Fishing can be an intimidating thing for many people. All the gear, flies, knots, waders, and so on can get confusing. The truth is, you can take out a large part of the (for lack of a better word) BS. After all, it's supposed to be fun! Fly fishing is not just for grandpa, dad, or for uncle Chad. It's fun for the whole family. If you're traveling to Yellowstone National Park, visiting Jackson Hole, or simply live in East Idaho stop by one of our shops for our FREE FLY FISHING 101 CLASS!

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Hiking, camping, and fishing in Yellowstone’s Cascade Corner.

Two amazing hikes starting at the Bechler Ranger Station.

By Chad J. Allen, of TRRoutfitters.com


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5 reasons to book a fly fishing trip with Three Rivers Ranch & TRRoutfitters.com.

Having grown up in a family ran fly fishing business, I have first-hand knowledge of what it takes to deliver a top notch, world class experience when it comes to a guided fly fishing vacation. I also know what people should expect and how they should be treated when they decide to book a fly fishing vacation or day trip.

My mother has been the owner and operator of Three Rivers Ranch since 1987. My great grandparents Fred and Berta Lewies homesteaded and started the Warm River Inn and Rendezvous Dance Hall in Warm River, Idaho in the 1920's. The business grew into a small resort area with a café, dance hall, cabins, a train stop for tourists headed to Yellowstone National Park and... fishing gear and tackle. In 1974, my grandparents Harry and Lillian Lewies approached The Orvis Company about opening one of the first Orvis endorsed fly fishing lodges. History was made.

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Henry's Fork Fishing Report

The Salmon Fly is here in full swing, along with several other flies.  We have seen a lot of dry fly action along the entire stretch of the Henry's Fork of the Snake River.  The Henry's Fork general season opener is this weekend May 26, 2012.  There are several places where fish have been gorging themselves on Salmon flies and other things.  Box has been fishing well, but in typical Box fashion your best bet is a nymph setup; the Salmon fly nymphs are crawling in the evening.  Ashton up to Riverside, we've seen (some) Flavs, Blue Winged Olives, Crane flies, Yellowsallies, Midges (early), and Spinners (late).  Golden Stone's are coming soon.

If you're planning to fly fish the Henry's Fork from Chester to Fun Farm: try Salmon Flies, Blue Winged Olives, Flavs, Midges, Crane Flies, and most of the same flies I listed from Ashton up.

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Salmon Flies Have Arrived on the Henry's Fork of the Snake River in Idaho.

The Salmon Flies have arrived on the Henry's Fork of the Snake River in Idaho. Today Three Rivers Ranch guide Nick Minor, and guest Allison, sent in these pictures while fly fishing on the lower section of the river just below Ashton.

The salmon flies have  arrived a bit early compared to last year. The early arrival is partly due to the spring runoff and the warmer temperatures we're enjoying. If you are interested in some salmon fly fishing, be sure to call us at (208) 354-1200 or drop in to our Teton Valley Fly Shop in Driggs, or our Henry's Fork Orvis Fly Shop in Island Park to schedule your guided fly fishing trip today!

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A Breif Historical look of Three Rivers Ranch, TRRoutftters in the 1930's

Three Rivers Ranch (then called Fred's Place) in Warm River, Idaho in the late 1920's through the 1960's was a popular tourist destination for many Yellowstone bound tourists.  The Union Pacific's Yellowstone Special was a summer only route starting in Pocatello and ended in West Yellowstone, Montana.  The line was completed in 1913 and stopped operation in 1965.  Less than nine years after the Yellowstone Special ended, Three Rivers Ranch was born in 1974 under the leadership of Harry Lewies (Fred Lewies' son).  In 1987, Harry Lewies' daughter, Lonnie Allen, bought the operation and continues its long tradition of making lasting memories for tourist and fly-fishing enthusiasts at Three Rivers Ranch - Orvis Endorsed Lodge, outfitting guide service, and TRRoutfitters fly shops (Teton Valley Fly Shop in Driggs & Henry's Fork Fly Shop in Island Park)

Old Fly Fishing Picture.  Three Rivers Ranch, Idaho

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The Henry's Fork Foundation Research & Recovery (R&R) Raffle helps that support vital projects that conserve and restore the legendary fisheries of the Henry's Fork of the Snake River.

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