Moby Goes to Bruneau and Big Jacks Creek

May 2016

Bruneau, in southwestern Idaho, is small . . . really small. Settled in 1860 as a farming and ranching community, there’s not much here now but a handful of houses, a school, and Jumbo’s where you can pick up beer, bait, and bullets on your way to Big Jacks Creek.

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You can also buy booze at Jumbo’s, but Larry and Bryan buy Idaho fishing licenses instead.

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Grandson Keyton goes for an ice cream bar.

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Don’t pee “allover” the toilet seat at Jumbo’s!

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This bus/house/trailer is parked outside Jumbo’s. Note the chimney (for a woodstove?) and rear windows for taking in the view. Larry thinks this is the perfect rig for a raft trip.

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Drive south of Bruneau on Highway 51, follow a dirt road a while, then take the rocky cow path until you get to the trail into Big Jacks Creek.

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Big Jacks Creek is a favorite of ours when we’re looking for a hiking and fishing destination close to Boise. You can read about our February 2015 trip here: Moby Goes to Big Jacks Creek.

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The Big Jacks Creek Wilderness was created in 2009 and encompasses 52,753 acres.

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There’s an old faint trail into the canyon, but mostly you’re on your own.

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Big Jacks Creek flows north toward the Bruneau River but dries up before arriving. This section has been dammed by beavers.

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Keyton follows Larry up the canyon searching for a spot to fish that doesn’t involve thrashing through brush and muck to reach the water.

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These native redband trout don’t see many fisherman and are easy to catch.

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Fish on! The score at the end of an hour: Keyton 4 / Larry 2.

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A whopper! The biggest catch of the day was 9″.

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Bryan makes his way out of the canyon after fishing downstream from Larry and Keyton.

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On the way out, Larry and Keyton (who hates to have his picture taken!) do some scientific research.

What a great day to be a kid.

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