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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

GOOSE CREEK--COLORADO

I was lucky enough to spend 5 days fishing various location throughout southwest Colorado, the highlight of the trip was 3 days spent in the Weminuche wilderness. The lower 9miles of this creek is all private waters which is famous for its excellent fly fishing. My plan had me backpacking into the upper portion of Goose Creek and fly fishing for a couple of days, I haven't heard of anyone fishing the upper portion of this creek, everything to come was a mystery!

The trail head to begin the hike sits at 1100 feet, driving there was an adventure in itself.


Fall was in full swing and made for some awesome backpacking scenery. The hike there was about 7miles which was fairly easy going from 1100 feet to 9000 feet, it was the hike out that was not going to be fun!



My first view of Goose Creek....


The first day of fishing I hiked down river from camp a few miles and slowly fished my way back up.  Truly a wild back country fishing adventure; that made me work for the fish I caught. The fishing and scenery was great!





The fish in the creek were good size and very powerful.....





On day two I hiked upstream from camp and fished for a few hours, most of the day was spent hiking there and back.


 I did manage to catch a nice cutthroat trout but he slipped out of my hand, I never did catch another one.


This day was also the start of Elk hunting season, I  spotted someones kill in the distance being cautious of other animals or a pissed off hunter I stayed clear of the elk and just zoomed in for a picture. Before my hike back to camp, I ate lunch about 200 yards away and never did see a hunter show up to claim the kill.


The hike out was brutal 2000 feet of elevation gain and a section of switchbacks that's seems like takes hours. This is a area I would recommend to anyone willing to get out for a adventure!

Monday, August 22, 2011

SLOUGH CREEK

This highly anticipated trip to Slough Creek started out with a twist ; when we went to pick up our camp site permit for site 2S6 the ranger notified us of a dead Buffalo near the site. Wolves had actually killed the beast and then the Grizzly bears took over the kill, it was the presence of 5 grizzlies in the area that caused them to relocate our camp to 2S3 which is located in the second meadow. The camp site was actually quite nice with great views.


The first day we fished the second meadow which was actually some great fishing, this creek is for sure something special when it comes to fly fishing. You better bring your "A" game; these fish would only eat a perfectly placed fly and even then they still needed to like the fly. I spent a lot of time changing flies and narrowing it down to what these fish would eat, and it varied at different times of the day. The views while fishing the creek were unreal.





Some of the fish caught in the 2nd meadow, these native Yellowstone Cutthroat trout are a special fish!







The 2nd day we decided to push our luck and hike up to the 3rd meadow and do some fishing, hopefully the grizzlies in the area had the day off!


 We only fished the 3rd meadow for about 4 hours but did manage to catch a fair amount of fish.The fish did seem to be a bit smaller in the 3rd meadow.




After spending the previous 4 days fishing the Lamar river, Hellroaring creek, Cache creek, Gibbons river and  Soda Butte creek by far Slough Creek is hands down the best fishery in the park. The 3 days spent in the back country of Yellowstone National park was great!

CACHE CREEK/HELLROARING CREEK--YNP

After fishing just about every well known river/creek in the park, we decided to get away from the crowds and hike back in a few miles and hit a couple of creeks that see minimal fishing pressure. Actually the days we fished both of the creeks we didn't see one other fisherman, that's hard to come by in Yellowstone!

CACHE CREEK
This creek had some awesome scenery, it was heavily wooded on both sides of the creek which makes you wonder what could be watching you! We arrived around 2pm at the creek so we only got about 4 hours of fishing in before we needed to leave, to avoid hiking in the dark.






The fishing was great I lost count on how many Cutthroat I caught, most were feisty little guys but there were a few decent fish worth taking pictures of.



The biggest one I caught in the creek!


This creek has to be my second favorite in the park, hiking, adventure, and the fishing is great!

HELLROARING CREEK
This creek may be a bit more well known in the park than some of the other back country creeks, the hike crosses over the Yellowstone river with an impressive suspension bridge. The creek itself is more of a pocket water fishery with little fish hiding in every hole! Once again the fishing here was non stop catch and release, all in all just a fun day of fishing with some beautiful scenery all around!






Some of the fish caught on the creek.....





I would most likely not venture back to the creek; but don't let that take anything from this little gem, if you like no crowds and your rod bent this is the spot!