Have I mentioned how much I love living in Idaho? My dad and I have been threatening to get together and spend a day exploring some areas down stream from his house and finally we cleared the time to get out and do just that. Weather came in on Sat. and left us a little present overnight... We were expecting this anyways, so we were geared up with the cold weather gear and set off to do some walking. Got down to the river and it was a winter wonderland. So quiet and still.... and as you can see it was SUPER crowded today as usual. Keeping with the pattern from this last week... weapon of choice was the magic gold Phoebe... it didn't disappoint. Fish were where they were supposed to be and every fish was a hard fighting native. We worked many runs throughout a 3 mile stretch, so many spots that looked so absolutely rediculous. In the spring, most of these spots will be inaccessable due to water levels and growth of the plants. In one of those runs that you stand back and look at and say to yourself. "Damn, this spot is fishy", I nailed what wound up being my personal best German Brown to date After a 10 min battle on 2# I finally got him in and got a look at him. Went 4.6 on the digital scale and measured out at 24". Judging by the size of his head in relation to his body, he probably would weigh some where around 5 to 6 lbs in the summer after gaining some weight after the spawn. Truly a beautiful fish. Took some reviving after the long fight, but he swam off into the deep current and will live to blow someone elses mind another day. Caught a couple more rainbows and another nice brown from under an over hanging log and that about rounded up the day. A steady rain and 6 and a half hours of no food or beer prompted us to call it and head back. All in all, a truly epic winter session on the river and a great day with my dad. Final fish count, 7 rainbows and 3 browns (all fish released). My dad caught several rainbows as well, but I lost count of his.