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September 15, 2014
Plan C
Calvin Fuller
Saturday was my wife's (28+6) birthday.  We threw a party for her eating fresh oysters, king salmon, and elk backstrap.  Gathered around the fire we began hearing a bull bugle in the field right accross the street from my house.  Instantly we all grabbed our bugles and begain bugling back.  The bull was extremely fired up, so after a quick text to my boss, Patty, I had the following day off.  That night plans were made for a 3:30 am departure to the high country in hope of finding fired up bulls.  That night we went to bed with a bull bugling outside our window, needless to say it was very hard to fall asleep.  The next morning I woke up at 3:00 only to find a couple text messages from my so called "hunting buddies" things about sore legs...cramping...etc.  So, I was on to Plan B.  I decided to fall back asleep and hit a closer spot that has produced in the past.  When I awoke a second time, I found that my alarm didn't go off.  It was already getting light outside, so I darted out of bed and headed out to harvest and elk.  Boat in tow, I decided to hit a few spots only accessable by boat.  It seems later in the season some elk get pushed into these spots to seek some calm time before rifle season. Arriving I set out quietly walking to an area the elk bed down during the day.  Suddenly, not more than 200 yards from my boat, I hear something moving in the brush.  I quietly get out my cow call and let out a little set of calls hoping to draw in whatever is out there.  Almost instantly after calling I hear the sound to a large animal headed my way.  At this point I can hear my heart pounding so hard that it makes it hard to hear the animal coming towards me.  I slowing nock an arrow and get ready to shoot.  Out steps a beautiful 6 point bull 48 yards away, the only problem is I can only see his antlers, eyes, and nose.  He slowly starts to try and circle me to get downwind, so I am forced to re-set.  After about an hour of this cat an mouse game of him coming in and then leaving again, the woods finally go silent.  The bull is nowhere to be found.  

I stopped at two more spots before I began to feel a bit of defeat.  Although I had a close encounter, I was not able to harvest an animal that would feed my family for the next year.  Sitting there, on the bank of the river, enjoying the view, I begin to see several nice trout rising.  I did managed to remember my 4-WT before I loaded all my hunting gear.  So I drove the boat out the where 30-40 nice trout were sipping tricos and began to rig up.  After several refusals I began scouring my box for anything resembling a small female trico.  Finally I found the right fly and began fishing.  I had made the correct fly choice and was rewarded with several cutthroat 14-18 inches.  I decided then to go to a part of the river where larger fish generally live.  Upon arrival I found two anglers on the other side of the river from me.  Knowing that they were not fishing for the same fish, I began casting.  Numbers at the new spot where rediculous, I think I hooked up with nice fish all pushing 18-20 inches in the first 6-8 casts.  After that many fish, my 5x and trico were demolished, so I re-rigged and went back at it.  These fish were so keyed in on tricos, and since nobody on the Idaho Clark Fork ever fished tricos, the fishing was one of the best dry fly days of my life. 

After a while I began to wonder if any of the big browns had come out of the lake yet.  I shorted my leader and tied on a large streamer and began hitting the banks on my way back down river.  At the first spot, a large fish came out of the boulder garden, and destroyed my fly, the fish turned out to be a rainbow about 23 inches.

On the way back down river I couldn't help but smile and think of all the friends I wanted to share this day with.  Turned out that Plan C was not so bad after all.  

Here is a short, poorly edited video, of a small fish...but it's all I got!  Enjoy!


-Cal





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