Fish Rap by Roger Phillips: Better enjoy the best fishing week of the year

June 27, 2013 

It's a bold statement, I know, but hear me out. What other time of year can you fish anything from high mountain lakes to low country reservoirs and have most of the rivers either in prime shape, too, or at least fishable? Kind of a long-winded question, but I think it's rooted in simple facts.

You can not only fish darn near anywhere right now, the fishing is probably going to be pretty good.

Everything in the fishing world is a trade-off. Big snow years mean lots of water, but it also means snowmelt-swollen rivers and the high country remains locked up until midsummer.

Not this year. I've read some pretty interesting stuff lately about this year being among the earliest in the last 30 years that snow has melted out of the high country.

Yeah, we're going to pay the price for that later.

Reservoirs will likely be low and hot later this summer, and stream flows could drop down to a trickle.

It may not be pretty, but like the weather, there's nothing we can do about it.

In the big picture, it's important to remember that every year is different, and a savvy angler reacts to conditions, not the calendar, or what some place was like last year or several years ago.

Overall, most of the fishing reports I've been getting have been positive, and I know there's a whole lot left on my list of places I want to fish this year. The biggest challenge right now is picking which one.

So get out and enjoy the prime season and savor it. Don't fret about what we can't control.

I always say there's always some good fishing someplace in Idaho, and right now, that place is everywhere.

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