Category: Fresh Water Fly Fishing


Back to the Amazon!!

Looking forward to heading back down to the Amazon in a couple of weeks, truly an amazing place!  Here are some pics from the trip last year with Jeff Currier and crew !

One of our camps on the way upriver!!

Currier with a Bruiser!!

Caiman looking for a peacock!!

Boca Grande


Brew on the Equator


Tim Brune with a nice Assu!!

Nick the Coz Cozmo!!!

Wading the flats!!

Can’t wait to return……………………….







New Shuttle Ride & The Shoe

In order to get lost these days you need your own shuttle, so I copied a good friend of mine Bill Paju and did just that

The new shuttle ride, 1977 Yamaha TY 250

Mikey Hemkens and I got lost for a day and found some nice Cutty’s, even better we did not see a sole


Lost with a nice Cutty

When trying to get lost, sometimes you run into a road block


Yes that is Mikey on top of the Road block

Since we were told we might not be able to find where we could take out from the river, Mikey found an old shoe and hung it from a tree, we thought we had past it hours prior to turning the corner and finding THE SHOE!!

THE SHOE!! Finally before dark

Of course the new shuttle ride did not start, but eventually the old gal turned over to end a great day……..Oh yea we fished with the new H2 Helios from ORVIS………………………..get ready!!!!!



Clark Smyth, The Cicada & Mr. Salmo Trutta

It’s been awhile for sure, missed the March Merkin update, another stellar trip to Playa Blanca, the Big Bugs on the Henry’s and some Head Hunting on the MO, but livein the now I guess……..

Had a chance to meet up Clark Smyth of Rock Creek Anglers a couple of weeks ago for some big dry fishing in Wyoming.  Clark had a winter filled with medical surprises so it was nice to spend some time together and watch some big browns eat some big dries!!  The Wind River Canyon is a special place to float and while I have endured my fair share of punishment I have also seen some very,  very,  special days.

Clark Smyth with a nice Wind River Brown












While we had some good expectations for the day, the fishing exceeded  them and the variety of takes were truly amazing.  From the drop back tip up just whites of the mouth, to the full blown bowling ball dropped off a cliff takes, the day was truly an amazing visual experience.

This fish chose to go with the bowling ball take

This one just dropped the tail


This one ate like he forgot something and went to get it

Special day!!




Nicaragua – The Rumble in the Jungle

Steve Tatigian, Jed Mixter, Ned Hutchinson and myself flew to the Atlantic Coast in search of River Tarpon and Snook.  Despite the conditions the trip turned out to be quite the adventure.  We flew into Bluefields and stayed at the Casa Rosa lodge which was right on the water and the food cooked by Mama was excellent!!  We fished for Snook in the rivers the first day with some good success and then the next day we headed North by boat at day break  for an incredible adventure !!  There had been a good amount of rain prior to our arrival, so a lot of the areas we were intending on fishing were off color, we still found some incredible Tarpon Lagoons with fish rolling everywhere, I can only imagine what it would have been like if the water was clear, maybe I will have to return.  The adventure itself was well worth it, a trip that is truly unique……..

(Photos taken by Jed Mixter)











Jed Mixter


















































The shakedown that ended well up North (left to right) Marco, Jefe 1, Mike Dawes, Jefe 2, Steve Tatigian, Ned Hutchinson













After our adventure we flew back to the pacific side to meet up with the crew for some surf at Los Cardones, amazing trip.

The Monkey Winner!! Steve Whitney on the board, Congrats!!



Scratching the Winter Itch

Vance Hooking Up

Vance Hooking Up

We all get that feeling when to much time has passed since our last fishing outing, and it is not a good one, actually it has been proven that too much time away from water will make certain people go crazy.  Lone time friend and fishing partner Vance Freed and I got out on the Henry’s Fork last week as the temps slightly crested above freezing, and we were able to remain sane.  We has another fishing partner  with us who truly was going crazy “Trigger” and I think he is going to be ok.  Winter fishing in the Teton region can truly be amazing when the weather cooperates and the size of the fish can be equally impressive.

Trigger & Fish

Trigger & Fish

We all rode home feeling a little better as the Henry’s Fork had definitely scratched the winter fishing itch.  Of f to Panama!!

Nice Henry's Bow

Nice Henry's Bow

Trigger wondering where the fish have been!

Trigger wondering where the fish have been!


Happy New Year!!!!!

As we head into 2011 and start another year of fish tales, I thought I would post some pics from 2010 that never made it up on the site.  Here’s to another great fishing year in 2011!

Careto "The Permit Whisperer"

Iglesia San Francisco, Salta Argentina en route tochase some Dorado

Vance Freed with a nice Henry's Fork Brown

Bart Langlois "The Pescador" with a nice South Carolina Redfish

Nice Carp on the flats of Wyoming

Nick "the Coz" Cozmo in shock after a 25lb Dorado busted him up!

Who is going to untangle this mess!!

The Monster

Finding Gold

Another Monster

Cheers to 2011 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Backwards down the Dorado line

Just returned from the North West region of Argentina to chase some Golden Dorado with friend and long time fishing partner Nick “The Coz” Cozmo, the Golden Dorado has been a fish that I have wanted to knock off the list for a long time, and what a fish it is!

Due to coldwater fish kill in some of the smaller rivers we ended up floating a larger tailwater and after a week in the boat, we were exhausted, but for good reason. Backwards thinking became a popular theme when fishing for these fish from the boat.

-Manic casting at a pace I had never encountered with 8 and 9wts, but really slow stripping if any?

-This fish can really be anywhere?

-Always fish the pillows, any pillows, always?

-Lay the wood to the fish with the rod like you would a Tarpon, but play it like a trout?

-The fish jump you do not need to bow?

-Using wire for a fish in the Salmon family in the Jungle?

-Deaddrifting 10 inch flies?

-Downstream presentations?

As backwards thinking became the norm we witnessed some amazing moments.  Watching a 20+ pound Dorado take the fly and blow up a 9wt on the hook set like it was a tooth pick was something I will never forget. Seeing an even bigger fish take the fly, jump, and run like a tuna through log jams like a NASCAR driver into the backing, will be etched into my mind as well.

Along the backwards line, The Coz put it the best after getting worked by a big Dorado when he said “This is a mean fish that I think was meant to be in the ocean, but got stuck in the rivers”

More to come on this one…………………….


One Fly, One Fish…………

Jim Hickey and I left at dark thinking about the Jackson Hole One Fly, we came home in the early afternoon, thinking about one Fish.On the way to the South Fork, it had come up that this was our first fishing day together of the season and it was September 7, not quite right.  We ended up doing a lot of things differently yesterday while thinking about the Jackson Hole One Fly,  that is until we spotted this one fish.  After Jim caught this fish we just rowed off the river, what a day, what a fish

29 to the tape

Sight fished in 2 feet of water


Mom Gets a Good One

My Mother came out for a well needed break to spend some time out west and we were able to get on the water for a couple of days together.  It has been a tough summer for the Dawes family, but my mother has been a rock through all of it.  She found this beauty towards the end of the day on a new hopper pattern.  The South Fork of the Snake continues to impress day in and day out. Three years of high water have made a real impact, PMD’s in Septemeber?  Hopefully the temps stay warm enough not to freeze the hoppers as they are on their way.

Mom wanted to see a Moose and we happened to run into this fellow on our motor out.

We miss you Dad


Early Morning Dreaming

Woke up this morning way to early, dreaming of Golden Dorado.  I talked to Tim Rajeff yesterday about some business and the conversation quickly turned to  the more important topic  of the Golden Dorado.  Tim had been to the area in which I am heading this October and we started talking flies, make sure they push water, and make sure they are big is what he said.This should push some water………….Off to work