GUIDE'S CORNER-“Rock the Bobber”

The One Fly event is a gathering of the best anglers

and guides in the country. The One Fly also raises

significant monies for fish conservation that can

be seen in the various projects throughout Idaho and

Wyoming. The event has raised millions of dollars since

1986 to improve native cutthroat habitat. The Snake River

drainage has been protected for future generations to enjoy

the sport of fly-fishing from money raised from the One

Fly gathering.


The One Fly Event has been a great experience for me as

a guide. I have made many new and lasting friendships

through the event. Every year I look forward to seeing these

friends both guides and contestants and discussing what

fly to use. Each One Fly is different and a fly pattern that

worked well the last couple of years does not mean it will

work this year. In fact, the fishing changes daily and it may

be wise to choose your pattern a couple days or even the

day before.


I have traditionally suggested a dry fly for the contest. A

foam pattern to imitate the September stone or mutant

stone that is present at that time. The foam bugs have many

advantages to the event. The fly is durable, should last the

entire day, high profile for anglers to see, and catches fish.


The last few years my boat scores have been middle of the

pack. Last year the boats that used nymphs in the contest

put up the biggest scores. I have never considered the idea

unless my contestant was from Utah. It may be time to

change my ways and “rock” the bobber? The fact of the

matter is that nymphing works. It may not be the “coolest”

of methods but it fills score sheets. Trout feed 75 percent

below the surface. Nymphing is also the most effective way

to catch trout when there is no hatch and the fish are not

looking up.

The bottom line is “fish a fly you have faith in”. If you have

confidence in a fly it makes all the difference and should

be one of the main determining factors on your choice of

fly. The other factor is if your guide recommends the fly.

Each guide has their own program coming into the event

and how they want to fish that day. Hopefully, all agree on

what fly to use and you fill your card! Good luck this year!

-Mike Bean, 2012 Carmichael-Cohen Award Recipient