Ahhh Grasshopper

Try the grasshopper on the bank you will be surprised, streamers in the evenings and behind your big golden stone work some ants!  Summer is in full swing here at the South Fork Lodge, cocktails and appetizers on the patio are a must after a long day on the water.  Water levels remain steady and water temperatures are in the low 50′s.  The evening temperatures have been dropping into the 50′s which make for a later morning start, pay attention to the banks as the trout try to get out of the high noon sun.  The riffles seem to become very active around 2pm.  Orchestrating your day around the riffles can make your day, the Outfitters are open 7 to 7 daily for all your angling needs.

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Beautiful days of mid summer fishing

The big golden stones are out and active, almost the same size as our Salmon flies these bugs are not to be missed.  Easily replicated with a size 8 to 12 golden chubby Chernobyl.  The upper is fishing well along the banks and on the riffles, some Cicadas have been seen on the upper in the evenings and our Cicada patterns have been working well in size 8.  The canyon continues to see PMD hatches in the riffles were drys as well as wet flies are the ticket.  The lower canyon and below is beginning to heat up as temperatures this week have reached into the 90′s and are going to continue in this trend through the weekend.  Concentrating on the fishier times of day based on the temperatures will prove a successful tactic to constant action.  Our fly shop is open 7 to 7 seven days a week please stop in for a report on updated conditions and the latest in todays fly selections. 

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Hardy rods in stock

We have received our retail stock of Hardy rods, come on in and try one today.  Sintrix technology is the new wave in casting, get in a Hardy state of mind with the new 4 wt Jet $459, the perfect riffle rod for PMD’s!  Test our Zenith 10′ 5wt for the nymphing connoisseur and our all around Zenith 9′ 6 wt that caters to all angles of angling.  We are also carrying up to 8 wts  in the Zenith models and Hardy’s Proaxis saltwater rod’s in 7wt.  We have the new CLS interchangeable spool reels and a full line of the Ultralite DD’s in 3000 to 5000 spool size.  


Stop in and cast with us today from the largest only Hardy fly shop in the US.  We are open from 7 to 7 seven days a week.  Located at 40 Conant Loop road in beautiful Swan Valley, Idaho.

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Nice Brown!

Andy Reder learns to juggle!  Big browns are still out in abundance.  The river continues to fish well, PMD’s on the riffles in the afternoons and nymphing and streamers in the morning and evening.  We had some nice showers last night over an inch of rain in 20 minutes!  This will cool down the water temps, with slower fishing in the morning and productivity increases in the afternoon as temperatures warm to the mid 80′s.  We are open seven days a week from 7 to 7 so stop by the shop and let one of our knowledgeable staff guide you into a successful day of fishing.

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The UK is in for a sizzling summer!

Things are looking up for sun-seekers this summer as the UK’s recent spell of great weather is set to continue into the school summer holidays.

Make the most of the warmer weather and our fantastic summer savings with up to 20.14% off Natural Retreats breaks from now until September. Available for stays at all UK Retreats as well as Castlemartyr in Ireland and Playa Blanca, Lanzarote.

With lots going on in and around our Retreats over the next few months, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a great British summer holiday. So pack the sun cream, dig out that bucket and spade and join us on an unforgettable summer getaway.

Cornwall tops the list of Great British Beaches

Voted as having some of the most perfect slices of seaside in the Sunday Times 50 best beaches in the UK, Cornwall is leading the pack with its top beaches. Offering the perfect beach for anyone whether it’s family-friendly with ice creams and donkeys, the best for surf, or the ludicrously pretty, Cornwall’s got it covered.

Number 1 for families is Crantock beach located just across the River Gennel from Natural Retreats Fistral Beach, or a 30 minute drive from Natural Retreats Trewhiddle. It offers fantastic family facilities, parking right beside the beach, well-maintained lavatories, flat sand and safe paddling in the Gannel, and you can even rent deckchairs and windbreaks from Crantock Surf Hire.

For those looking for activities galore, Padstow and Polzeath come in at numbers 41 and 42. Padstow offers kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and longboarding on the Camel Estuary, whilst Polzeath is extremely popular for surfers.

So for all these fun days out at the beach, you’ll need the perfect haven to retire to. Natural Retreats Trewhiddle is the perfect destination for a great British summer holiday. Find out more here…

Au revoir Yorkshire – The grandest of Grand Departs

An estimated 2.5m people lined the route of the Tour de France this weekend in Yorkshire, and what a success it was. After a procession through the streets of Leeds, the 198 Tour riders were met with a warm Royal welcome at Harewood House, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, joined by Prince Harry, cut the ribbon to officially start the race.

It was wonderful to see the decorated Yorkshire villages, crowds in their thousands and the outstanding scenery of the Yorkshire Dales as our favourite county put on a show for the rest of the world.

So as we wave farewell to the Tour de France, it’s time to start thinking of our own adventures in Yorkshire. Natural Retreats Yorkshire Dales offers the perfect summer Retreat for the whole family, wonderful countryside surroundings, stunning accommodation and spectacular activities aplenty! Find out more about Natural Retreats Yorkshire Dales…

The Highlands host the Queen’s Baton Relay

We’re extremely excited to be welcoming the The Queen’s baton relay to John O’Groats this Friday ahead of this summer’s Commonwealth Games!

The relay, which will cover a total of 8000 kilometres, began last October and has journeyed around all 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth and concludes on July 23 at the opening ceremony, when the baton is delivered back to the Queen. After reading her message of welcome to the athletes of the Commonwealth, the games will officially begin.

Join us at Natural Retreats John O’Groats on Friday as we welcome this spectacular event. There’ll be lots of entertainment on offer as the Wick Pipe Band and highland dancers perform, there’ll even be a climbing wall on-site for the day. Find out more about Natural Retreats John O’Groats…

You can experience your very own great British summer holiday for less this year. We’re offering up to 20.14% off summer holidays in July, August & September at all UK Retreats. And, if we haven’t persuaded you to stay close to home this summer, this superb offer is also available at Castlemartyr, Co. Cork in Ireland and Playa Blanca, Lanzarote. Book now!

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