the calendar says that winter is over and it's now officially
spring, you certainly can't tell it by the crazy Northwest weather.
We need to be reminding ourselves that all these snowy, slushy,
rain-soaked days will actually bode well for the river later this
summer. Healthy water - healthy fish! The St. Joe River has had
no problem producing fat, healthy cutthroats since the advent
of catch-and-release regulations in 1988. The summer of 2010 was
no exception to the previous statement. Fat westslope cutts occupied
all of the usual holes and runs and seemed as eager as ever to
snatch a fly on the drift. As the season started the most effective
flies were the stonefly and mayfly patterns with the grey drake
being particularly alluring. Of course, most of the standard western
fly patterns were also working, along with hoppers and other terrestrials.
We even had a late season spruce moth hatch. However, it didn't
measure up to previous years, and was only moderately successful.
Well, maybe next year! Once again great folks came from all around
the country - from California and Nevada to Kentucky and Washinton
D.C. to enjoy the chase of these beautiful fish in a paradise-like
location. In this fast changing world of ours, it's nice to know
that some things remain the same. We want to give a tip of the
hat to all those who venture from their homes and come to share
our little corner of wild Idaho. We have enjoyed, and hope to
continue to share fine meals, warm campfires and beautiful scenery
with many interesting people. You make it all possible. We look
forward to seeing you on "the Joe".
Will and Barbara