Hmmm. Anyone call me an idiot for writing that last week was the best week of the year? My reasoning was sound. Everything was open from the high country to the southern Idaho reservoirs, but I overlooked the hot weather. I wasn't on Brownlee Reservoir last weekend, but I'm sure it was toasty.
I fished a mountain stream, which you can read about in the July 18 cover story.
First the good: Fish and Game is opening the South Fork of the Salmon River for chinook fishing Friday through Sunday, July 5-7. I'm going out on a limb and saying that may be whole season, but I didn't expect the Little Salmon to stay open as long as it did, so who knows?
Fourth of July on the South Fork is becoming a Central Idaho tradition, and I hope you all catch some chinook. I will be rooting for you.
Now the bad: Fish and Game put Richfield Canal and the Big Wood River downstream from the Richfield Canal headgate on salvage fishing because the drought, and low water means fish are likely to die there this summer.
Bag, possession and size limits have been removed. Fish may be taken by any method except firearms, explosives, chemicals or electric current until Nov. 1.
Now the steamy: Anyone who's glanced outdoors knows we're in Dante territory with the scorching temperatures. (I knew that English minor would pay off some day.)
My suggestion is to get up higher in elevation and find some cool water. It makes a huge difference when you're standing in a cool stream on a hot day, or feeling cool air in the mountains. It beats the heck of staying in the Treasure Valley's Easy Bake Oven.