Here is a little video of a giant stonefly we found crawling around on Stump Creek. Stump Creek doesn’t have a large giant stonefly hatch but there are few that come out in the first weeks of June. Stump Creek does have a large hatch of small golden stoneflies (size 16-18) that also hatches in the first few weeks of June. Fly fishing with adult stoneflies is a blast if you can hit the hatch just right. Here is a good description of stoneflies and their entomology: http://www.flycraftangling.com/index.asp?p=124.
A few weeks ago my friend Jeremy, my dad, my son, and I spent a day fishing on Stump Creek in Eastern Idaho. After a very quiet slow few hours of fly fishing, the early afternoon proved to be very productive as a I caught 20 + fish in about two hours. Jeremy and my dad both caught 10+ trout. The best fly combo was a double Renegade as my top fly and a bead head prince nymph/hare’s ear as my dropper. With this setup I actually hooked two fish at the same time four different times. It was a riot to see two fish at the same time take the flies and then immediately dash in opposite directions. Luckily they were small enough that my line didn’t immediately snap in half. Regretfully I never actually landed both fish. My son Tom had a blast reeling in the fish and fighting them as they darted around in the creek.
I caught a few fish in the 16″ range, a handful in the 12-14″ range and the rest were under 12″. This fish in the afternoon were consistently bigger. We fished an upper section of the creek in the afternoon which may have been the difference. I caught 2 whitefish and the rest were Cutthroat trout. Usually we catch a few nice brown trout in the 14-18″ range.
Stump Creek’s flow was already about a foot low for June which does not bode well for later summer fishing. The Caribou highlands only received about 85-90% of snowpack. Coupled with last years 60%, the area has had two bad winters in a row. The Blackfoot River is also flowing very low – less than its 25% average.
Most of Stump Creek flows on private land so we are grateful to the land owners who do allow fishing access across their land.
Size 6-12 Double Renegade
Size 14-16 Beadhead Prince or Hare’s Ear Nymph
Dodging soaking thunderstorms was the name of the game on Stump Creek this last Friday. In between some drenching thunderstorms, fishing was quite good. Between three fisherman, we caught over 40 fish and missed a lot more. Most fish were in the 8-10″ class but we caught around 15 that were 12″ +. I caught around 20 fish – one 18″ brown and the rest were cutthroat. A really nice 18″ snapped my line.
Stump Creek was still a little high for quality fishing. On Friday night I caught one little whitefish on a bead head hare’s ear but other than that the fishing was dead (which may have been due to my lack of skills not the fishing). There were no fly hatches on the river yet. The weather turned nasty on Saturday with rain, wind, and cold so I trip ended early. Stump Creek will be great in a few more weeks once the water recedes to more normal flows.
On Saturday I went fishing to Stump Creek in Eastern Idaho. The water was still a little high and off color. Worse than the water…not a single hatch of any kind on the creek. It was a little weird to be on a creek without any bugs flying around. I was still able to catch 11 trout, mostly 6-10″ cutthroats with one 14″ brown.
Top flies for the day were a size 14-16 beadhead hare’s ear, a size 4-6 beadhead black and red wooly bugger, and a size 4 muddler minnow for the brown. I fished all the flies with split shot about 10-14 inches above the fly.
Here are a couple of pictures of the fish and the Stump Creek Valley: