Sometimes you get unexpected spare time and no plans can be made, you just use the time and get out.
I wasn't expecting much help in the fishing department but this guy knew his stuff. I was very grateful for the help, not many like to give info out on fishing locale beyond what they have to.
I began looking for local tackle shops or maybe a fly shop nearby and I came across a guide service known as the Fly Factor - Guiding services. I was curious and saw there was two guides on their page, Mark Karaba and a guy named Brett Riser - yep, the same guy I called on the phone.
If you go to Rice or Augusta creek and you're looking for a guide these guys get my full approval, anyone looking to help out like this will certainly look after you on the water
CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THEIR GUIDE SERVICE -
The Adventure Begins
The stream gets hammered with snow and a high temp of 20 for the day. Nothing but Ice and 6 inches of snow for testing your fishing temperament. I also managed to lose a windshield wiper on the way up, this was right after I missed my turn on 90 and wasted another 45 minutes finding the next exit on the turnpike. Chalk it up to adventure.
Stop number 1 on the trip is Ketchum Park.
The park has a playground and skatepark as well as paths and a couple footbridges. It's also the site of a recent dam removal. For the fly fisherman this is a great park. It offers a few riffles and runs and pools. You'll notice the park is nearly enclosed by two channels of Rice creek. This was part of the dam removal design. One channel served as a "relief" so the dam area would dry up and could be removed. Now you have two streams, twice the fishing in my opinion. Wade from the connection area upstream and then downstream of the old mill run, it's all public access.
Not to worry my nymph game was hindered by the recent cold front and late arrival. Just connect with the Fly Factor mentioned above and they can guide you or even point you in the right direction in terms of terminal tackle.
Partello Road Property
Here's what I saw the day I was there:
- Mayfly nymphs
- Caddis nymphs Galore
- Stoneflies nymphs here and there
- Midges spattered throughout
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