Fish Rap by Pete Zimowsky: It’s hunting season — where’s the fishing rod?

pzimowsky@idahostatesman.comSeptember 26, 2013 

This is pack-rod-stashed-in-the-car season. That’s a mouthful, but it’s the only way to describe running all over the hills hunting upland birds and wishing you had a fishing rod along.

We were hunting grouse recently and got into the birds. It was a good day, but there was still enough time left in the day for a scenic drive exploring mountain roads.

While driving along some small meadows in the high country near Lowman, I decided to stop and look at a stream spiced with beaver dams and small pools.

It was a beautiful creek, just gurgling along through tall grass. There couldn’t be any fish in it, I thought. It was way too small.

Well, you guessed it. I snuck up on the creek and looked down in the clear water. There they were — nice pan-sized brookies.

My wife said, “Where’s the fishing rod?” We always have the fly rods in the camper, but this time we were in the sedan. No fishing rods. Lesson learned.

Never go anywhere during bird-hunting season with just a shotgun. Gotta have a fishing rod.

You could be grouse hunting near beaver ponds or chukar hunting near Brownlee Reservoir or quail hunting along the Snake River. Those waters have fish.

My pack rod is in a little case. It’s a small but tough spinning reel and rod. The case also contains a small box of spinners and spoons. It also contains a few small caddis flies and woolly worms. I could have tied on a fly and a bubble and took a gentle cast in the creek.

I probably would have come home with some brookies for appetizers to go with the grouse dinner. Talk about a real Idaho mountain dinner.

There’s no reason not to have a small pack rod stashed in the car throughout the hunting season. You can get a five-piece spinning rod, a spinning reel, a small plastic lure container and the pack for around $45 at sporting goods stores.

Pete Zimowsky: 377-6445, Twitter: @Zimosoutdoors

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