Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Giant Lake Pend Oreille Rainbow

Here is a picture finally of the 25lbder.  Too bad it was whacked...but still a great fish and a good sign for the future on Pend Oreille.  The latest Kokanne numbers are up to 15 million. 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Lake

....finally un-locked itself to us last week.  After 4 days of fishing and 40 some rainbows landed...and way too much Kokanee, we were happy to become obsessed with yet another fishery.  All of these fish were caught on flies on the surface.  We were not fly fishing, just trolling polar bear flies on the surface.  It is really cool to see these fish boil on the flies...  Watching the fish try and hit looked like it was raining bowling balls.  If a guy were to put in his time, I bet you could get one on a fly rod in the lake.  Here are some hero shots taken on the weekend.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Perfect Day

Listening to Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" drinking a Kokanee and watching Landon fishing (naked) was truly a perfect day.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Next Generation

Landon's First Bass


Landon had a full weekend of fishing last weekend. He wouldn't even take a break for a snack or water. After catching the largest bass of the day, he wanted to be sure and let his Grandpa one quick phone call later my Dad was in tears over the "fishing story" that this 2 year old was dishing out. "My fishy was bigger than Uncle Nick's." Then on Sunday Landon had his first fly fishing lesson. I elected to remove all the hooks for the safety of everyone, he didn't really mind, he just wanted to cast.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Salmon Fishing

The runs for the Snake and Clearwater Rivers look very promising this spring.  With a higher peak than 2009, which was a great year, 2010 is looking to be great.   The fish should hit Lower Granite Dam appox. two weeks after they pass over Bonneville Dam.  Here are some charts for the upcoming season on the Clearwater and Snake Rivers as well as the fishing regulations.

Press Release:
Fishing Regulations:


Judging by the Charts, the Adult Chinook should hit Lower Granite Dam somtime around the beginning of May.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Zale Among Wave of Jewelers Opposed to Alaska Mine

From the New York Times this morning.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The nation's second-largest jewelry retailer on Tuesday joined the opposition to a gold and copper mine being developed in southwest Alaska near the world's largest remaining wild sockeye salmon streams.

Zale Corp. announced that it not only is boycotting precious metals from the Pebble Mine, but supports permanently protecting the Bristol Bay watershed from large-scale metals mining. The mine is situated near the headwaters of Bristol Bay on state land designated for mining.

''We believe gold should be mined and refined in a manner that protects both the environment and its inhabitants,'' Gil Hollander, Zale's executive vice president, said in a statement.

The Irving, Texas-based jewelry giant has 1,930 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. It had $1.8 billion in revenues in 2009.

Zale Corp. was accompanied by 12 other entities in a new wave of jewelry retailers and designers that have joined the No Dirty Gold campaign being promoted by conservation group Earthworks and partners. Twenty companies previously pledged to boycott Pebble, including Tiffany & Co., Helzberg Diamonds and Ben Bridge.

The more than 30 jewelers now opposing the mine represent more than $6 billion in annual sales.

Getting jewelry retailers and designers on board is important because jewelry represents more than 80 percent of the global demand for gold, said Earthworks' Bonnie Gestring.

John Shively, chief executive of Pebble Limited Partnership, which is promoting the mine, said Zale coming out against Pebble is nothing more than a meaningless publicity stunt.

''It is pretty easy for a company to come out against buying gold that doesn't exist at this point,'' he said. ''We are years away from construction. The people managing that company now will probably be gone. Big deal.''

Canada's Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. and London-based Anglo American are developing the mine. They have approved spending more than $73 million this year to finish a prefeasibility study and prepare the project for permitting in 2011.

Northern Dynasty President and CEO Ron Thiessen has described the deposit of copper, gold and molybdenum at Pebble as ''among the most significant accumulations of metal ever discovered.''

But Bob Waldrop with the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association said the area's salmon, which come back year after year, are worth much more. All the other river systems that supported huge salmon runs -- the Columbia, the Sacramento, the Fraser -- have collapsed, he said.

''This one stands alone,'' Waldrop said of Bristol Bay.

In 2008, commercial fishermen were paid between $160 million and $180 million for Bristol Bay salmon, he said.

''Pebble is bad business,'' Waldrop said. ''Why risk fish for fashion?''

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Dry Fly Action on the Clark Fork is Now!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Not a Steelhead.

Amazing fish caught by Aaron about a month ago.  42" x 24"  Gerrard Rainbow.  Also the week before was a 41" Bully Trout.  No pic avaliable though sorry.

Easter Weekend

Easter weekend was awesome this year.  Turns out it was my Birthday as well.  We loaded up the kids and headed to Missoula (Frenchtown Actually) to visit Camille's Sister and Brother in law, who both happen to live on the banks of the Clark Fork River.  Friday we fished for a few hours during the heat of the day and had some awesome action on Skwalas.  Saturday we were debating whether to float the Bitteroot in snow storms and wind or head up to a little lake to see if the ice had come off yet.  Turns out it hadn't, but we brought a shovel.   After breaking ice for an hour we started to see some nice fish crusing the shoreline.  We ended up hooking several nice rainbows and landed some big fish up to 10lbs.

On Sunday we headed down to the Clark Fork after Landon's easter egg hunt, and fished for a couple hours.  Landon picked up the fly rod and started casting like a champ.  He loved it....I need to get an un-breakable fly rod for him....maybe a CB Antenna..or somthing.  Anyway, it was a great weekend with lots of fish, beer, and family.  Couldn't have been better.  Here are some pics.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Taking the kids Fishing

I feel it is very important to pass on the beauty of the outdoors to future generations. My Grandpa, Norman Fuller, was the first person, along with my father to take me fishing.  My first memories were created along the banks of the Snake River fishing a little slough right outside Burbank, WA.  Perch, Crappie, and small Bass were all it took to create a monster inside me that now ranks fishing as one of my favorite things in the world.

Nothing compares to watching my son, Landon Fuller, catch fish and get so excited about it he is laughing un-controllably.  He now wants to play with his fishing rod everyday and even asks to go fishing. 

I really hope I don't ruin him with my obsession for fishing.

Recently I took Landon, Nicolas, and Tyler Perch fishing on Lake Pend Oreille.  They were watching their bobbers and getting hits every 10-15 seconds.  It was hilarious to watch them try and reel in the "BIG FISHY"  I will remember that Saturday for the rest of my life.  All the boys had a blast and caught a ton of perch.

Friday, March 26, 2010

First voyage out on the Dona Christine. Trying to find some fish for the boys to reel in. My son, Landon, absolutley loves the boat. He love the cuddy for all of his toys and nap time. Perfect day on Lake Pend Oreille.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

More Argentina

Awesome "Shore Lunch" I think it was some Ribeye, T-Bone, Lamb...more meat!

Trent with a beautiful Sea Trout

Che Ale. Weighing a Fish.

Barrett with a nice one that he didn't lose....

Could have been shore lunch.

Transportation and No Wind.


Dad's Big One. Last day, last session.

Barrett and Ale

Such a great place. Fantastic trip, great people.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Southern Chrome Sea Trout

After our 18 hours of flying time... ten hours of layovers...14 Valium 12 Glasses of wine....we land in Rio Grande. We were picked up and driven to Villa Maria Lodge, which fishes the lowest portion of the Rio Grande. The previous weeks fishing had been tough due to high water conditions. Most of the "bigger" fish had moved up river to spawn.

Normally the winds are blowing 30+ and fishing can be fairly difficult. We had three days of calm weather that provided excellent fishing. With the water low and clear my "traditional" methods of using larger steelhead style flies would prove to only work at night. During our first session our guide, Alejandro Bianchetti, suggested a fly to for me to try. He wouldn't show me the fly until I fished it through the run. He said " you see the fly in the fishes mouth" he was right. In one hour I landed 5 fish ranging from 9 to 21 lbs.

Quilmes tastes just like is a natural phenomena. The first sip made me feel right at home. Food servings at the lodge were huge. Rib eye steaks, Lamb, Pork, beef, beef, and more BEEF. That is why they Drink Mate' and Fernet. Fernet is like medicine, mix it with some coke and you are good to go...

It definitely paid not to take a 4 hour siesta like most of the other clients. After three bottles of wine with lunch it was very hard to get motivated to fish in 40 mph winds...but I just kept telling myself "you are on the fucking Rio Grande' go fishing!" During "siesta" Barrett and I fished the home pool right below the cabin. Each day we fished we landed between 4 and 10 fish.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

State of the Lake

The Lake Pend Oreille "State of the Lake Meeting" will be held on Saturday February 27th. The Lake Pend Oreille Task Force and Idaho Department of Fish and Game will be conducting a genearal overview of Lake Pend Oreille (LPO) and the latest fish counts. It is at 9:00am at the Ponderay Events Center. It is a good meeting to help everyone understand the goals for LPO. Kokannee counts, fish harvests, and water levels will be the main topic of discussion.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Dona Christine

The Dona Christine

...named after my Mother (so she would approve once my Dad bought it) is a 24 foot Wooldridge SS Pilothouse. Twin 150hp Honda 4-Strokes power this beauty. The perfect family fishing boat. No need for a wakeboard tower..we just put the post on the roof. Snap down cushions so the ladies can lay out on the roof and get some sun shine. Scotty Electric Downriggers, Big John Planer Board reels, Garmin 4212 Radar, GPS, Chartplotter, Espresso Maker, Waffle Iron, Fishfinder Combo....more shit that one can list. The new Lake Pend Oreille slayer. Now hopefully some Rainbows will start making a comeback. Maiden Voyage...should be towning a Dean Boat from Bella Coola to the mouth of the Dean...then just sleep on the boat.