At the beginning of the week I had to make a trip to Boise, ID and while I didn't have a ton of time to fish, I made a point of getting up to the Sawtooths for a bit. For this outing I decided to head up a random creek to see what I could find and before long a series of beaver ponds caught my attention.
Looking out over the valley
Before fishing I went down to scout things out and after seeing several fish rise in a couple of minutes I decided this spot would do. I rigged up with a tandem rig, using a couple of my favorite beaver pond patterns, a zug bug and Apache special (named after a certain type of trout that love it). Within a couple of casts this set up yielded some results and a beautiful brook trout came to hand.
A beaver pond brookie
The brookies were extremely spooky, but each would produce a few fish before they would catch on to things.
A beautiful male brook trout starting to show his spawning colors
On the ponds
Although I didn't have too much time to spend here, the fast paced action and beautiful surroundings were hard to beat and made for a great few hours of fishing.