Left for Boise on the 25th of April came home the 9th of may. First stop was la grande to drop my driftboat at a friends and head for dereks house in Boise to load up his truck-camper-sled for the drive to cascade lake up north of boise. I had not been in this country for about 15 years, I used to spend a lot of time over here while traveling and have many friends in the area. we were going for rainbows at cascade and to stay at dereks family property at the lake. I also met his boy and daughter and had a great time with his whole family - great kids and wife! The fishing was a bust though, on the way up north we drove up the middle fork payette river, I had worked these tracks years ago and knew of its beauty and the world class rafting. the first day was horrible with rain, it was coming down like a western beach rain and just never stopped I could'nt believe how much it rained that day for Idaho never letting up all day, it blew-out an already high boise river and payette both going to flood stag over night. we were hoping the large rainbows of this huge res. were staging for the spawn but that seemed to never happen. we hit a few fish trolling the first day and I caught a few smaller fish with indi's and bead chain buggers but nothing special. the next day we woke up to snow and 25 MPH winds. the sled had a cab so we went out anyway and anchored by the dam where trout were known to stag for the spawn but no luck with walls of rain and snow coming accross the lake with winds hitting probably 35 MPH it just wasent happening so we made the choice to pack up and head to dereks and fish the owyhee river the next day from his home. Here is Dereks horse and chariot and a view of the valley the lake lays in- so then we headed to the owyhee river at the state line. great little river with browns and rainbows but mostly browns. the fishing I was told would be hard with selective fish, we fished the riffles at first hitting a few but nothing hot or no big numbers. I always had one eye watching the slow flats hoping for large risers when finally a hatch started to bring some of the large fish to the surface sipping. I switched from high-sticking to a #18 adams with a dry line and was able to fool a few of the larger class browns in the 18 to 20 inch range. skinny none fighting fish didn't pull very hard when hook but still fun to hook and land on small dries. the river fish's well, you can cross it at about any riffle being its a slow and shallow river. riffles flowing into long slow flats, the larger fish seemed to love the slow flats and tail-outs when we were fishing this time of year. I'm sure someone who has fished it more would have more knowledge of the river then me. the access was great with plenty of places to dry came as you drove the river. Derek After this I headed for la grande to hook-up with my friend been and fish thief valley res. rainbows. I had been fishing the river below the dam of this lake since the mid 80's and never had fished the lake. This trip was to target the lakes rainbows, My home-base being my friend ben's house in la grande, it was close enough to drive everyday to the lake. here is the view when you drive around the and start to drop to the high dessert lake, this is the first view you see with the elk-horn mountains for a backdrop. One of my fishing partners hank--- The horse and chariot - fish - dog- and my friend B en- fish pics- DOUBLE- CHIRONOMID- The lake was putting out large fish by the hundreds for the catch and keep people. by the end of the trip (fishing the lake for a week and a half) the larger fish were far and few between, once the good weather hit last saturday the slaughter was on with everyone keeping nothing but the large fish it just couldn't last. but people I had talked to said the lake had been putting out fish like this all winter and spring. limits for everyone. Ben did keep a few and I kept 2 out of over a hundred landed for the time fishing here. This lake is a gem, you just have 6to fish before the weather gets good in the spring for large fish. I was told they were catching 25 inchers through the ice this winter since the lake is open year round. chiro's were the ticket in tan with brown - and white bead. planing my next trip already --- crane - lava- wickiup- diamond !!!