A good lifelist trip was overdue for me. So with 2 years in the planning, I just got off an amazing trip of fishing through Idaho & Montana. Eight days is not nearly enough but it was worth all the windshield time with my Dad. Others have been down this road before me so any pioneer stuff is limited. A big "THANKS" shout out to Matt Miller and Brian "Iliketofish" for sharing their cool little honey holes with me. It was very much appreciated.
So in eight short days, I managed to catch seven western endemics.
Thank God I had some dry flies in my tackle box because that's all the Grayling seemed interested in.
After that, onward to Lewiston, Idaho where the Clearwater dumps into the Snake River.
And then, Wow! A Sand Roller and not just one but four Sand Rollers were caught. This one was kind of a highlight for me being a kind of pioneer species. This one was over 4 inches long. I never knew they got quite that big.
I was able to catch quite a few little Pikeminnows but I never thought I would get close to Gabe-sized Pikeminnows. I was quite happy to catch this 17"er. And for the native Pikeminnow haters, I released the beast to eat more trout and salmon eggs.
And then the Largescale Suckers were amazing.
I left the West without a Bridgelip and Utah Sucker & Chub but it gives me all the more reason to visit that amazing part of our country again. They will have to wait until next time. Oh yeah, I left the Redside Shiner out of the photo mix, just not that impressive in colors to post. Great fun though.