Best of the West -Idaho

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Get Your A** Schooled
Henrys Fork - Idaho
The Railroad Ranch section of the Henrys Fork of the Snake River-so named because this land was once owned by the Harriman family of Union Pacific Railroad fame and subsequently gifted to Idaho as a state park in 1977-is now the Harvard of the flyfishing world. Here, after the narrow Box Canyon section of the Henrys Fork opens into wide, exposed, and subtle current breaks, wild trout sip in clear churning channels at an intricate profusion of insect life. If your timing is right, such as during the famed brown drake hatch, the rewards can be staggering. But bring a subpar game to the Henrys Fork during the dog days of August and you'll inevitably get humbled. Five perfect presentations with the wrong fly will reap the same results as five so-so presentations with a spot-on pattern: zip. Know how to cast in the wind, and match the hatch to a tee, or you'll be scratching your head. That's why many of the hardest of the hardcore call this river home. More info: Mike Lawson's Henry's Fork Anglers, 800-788-4479; henrysforkanglers.com. TroutHunter, 208-558-9900; trouthunt.com

** Next Best Silver Creek, Picabo, Idaho** Don't play around in these S-curves when the Callibaetis are hatching unless you know how to handle long leaders and light tippet. More info: Silver Creek Outfitters, 800-732-5687; silver-creek.com

Meet a Reel Woman
Reel Women Fly Fishing Adventures - Victor, Idaho
Women tend to be excellent flyfishermen. This makes perfect sense, as patience and precision typically trump power and bravado on the trout stream. Many guides concur that rolling back the effects of testosterone can help turn a slow day around. And while the number of female anglers increases incrementally, so too do the ranks of top-notch female flyfishing guides. Lori-Ann Murphy and her crew at Reel Women Fly Fishing Adventures work the oars on some of the best and most technically challenging rivers in the West. These ladies can flat-out fish. More info: 208-787-2657; reel-women.com

Next Best Patty Reilly, Jackson, Wyoming She actually isn't next best to anyone-Patty is the original mentor of many women anglers and considered to be one of the premiere guides in the world. More info: 307-734-2716; guidedconnections.com

Have a Beer
The "A-Bar" Motel and Supper Club, Last Chance, Idaho
The A-Bar is a rustic trout fishing icon, where you can wear waders at the bar, look out the back window during summer twilight hours, and watch the rings of rising trout on the Henrys Fork. After a beer or two, you stop wondering about all the things you did wrong earlier in the day, and start making a plan with the help of enlightened locals to tackle the next. And you never know who might wander in the door; some of the world's most celebrated guides, writers, and angling gurus make the A-Bar a mandatory stopping-off point when they're fishing the Henrys Fork. More info: 208-558-7358

** Next Best The Grizzly Bar, Cameron, Montana** Wedged between a lonely stretch of U.S. 287 and the legendary Madison River, the Grizzly Bar owes its existence to crowds of anglers who pack the place after the evening hatches subside. Great steaks and fishing stories abound throughout the season. More info: 406-682-7118