The final day was an odd mix of packing, shopping and sheer panic. While the rest of the group went fishing, I was organising parcels to be shipped home, shuttling gear back to the lodge (Watermaster rafts, bear spray etc), and packing. A great end to yet another brilliant Idaho trip, with several folks that have been on this trip every year since its inception making the comment that it just keeps getting better. Pleasing feedback given the enormous effort involved in putting it all together.
Anyway we stopped by K-Mart on the last day and found them clearing out all their Gink at .25c. Cameron bought every last bottle before I could get to them! Bastard. This was followed by some last-minute shopping for friends and family.
Our final night together was spent at the lodge where they put on a lovely dinner for us once again. It is to come together for an evening to share a meal and stories of the fishing experienced during the trip. As is always the case, I take the very minimum of photos, preferring to live in the moment rather than be full time scribe/trip historian. Nevertheless, you can get an idea of what it was like by the three pics below. Most of the guys that came on the trip are still in the USA or in British Columbia chasing steelhead with David and Annella; hence I don’t have access to their photos at this point in time. But it was yet another wonderful night of good food, conversation and planning for 2014!
So yet another Idaho trip has come and gone and I want to thank those that came along for participating fully and being willing to roll with the punches (lost luggage!). It was wonderful to be able to share with you a little piece of paradise tucked away in ‘sleepy and under-appreciated’ Idaho. Those of you who fished in Montana during this period will certainly attest to the fact that the fishing was much better back in Idaho. A valley floor at 6500 feet elevation will often mean cooler water than what you will find in most of MT and the crowds were also much smaller as well. This part of the world has rapidly become a home away from home for us, and I hope that you all get back there sometime soon.
For those contemplating joining us next year, please get in quick. There are only 9 spots available for next July and with four return clients likely to re-book immediately and with some first timers indicating a preference to bring their wives, the spots may not last long. Yes, these trips are partner friendly with two to three couples booking on each trip of late.
Details will go up on the website in the following days. Those wishing to read a bit more about how the trip breaks down can visit the appropriate page on our website
All the best, thanks for reading and keep watching this space for more info on upcoming trips, events and fishing reports.
Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing run trips to Idaho and Montana every June-July-August and September.
Phone: 03 5773 2513
Mobile: 0418 995 611