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Sunday, September 2, 2012

WEMINUCHE WILDERNESS


This trip was a planned backpack trip into a remote area of the Weminuche Wilderness. We only spent 1-1/2 days fishing the creek, for such a long hike in and out we should have planned for more time. Everything about this location is great! One could spend a lifetime exploring lakes and creeks in this area!

Some pictures and scenery while we were fishing/hiking.






Even ran into this Moose and calf while hiking back to camp after a day of fishing.




The fishing was the best I have ever had on any mountain creek, the fish were relatively large for the water, lots of them and very hard fighters!






The color variations on the Brookies were great!





After spending 8 days in Colorado this was a great trip to end the vacation!

SOUTH SAN JUAN WILDERNESS

We fished several creeks in the South San Juan, this creek by far was the most scenic and yielded the best fishing. The section of creek we fished required a bit of off trail navigation, well worth the extra effort! My guess is this creek gets minor pressure all year and most of it is in its lower sections.

A few pictures while fishing thought the day.








The water levels were a bit low on the creek, as is everywhere in Colorado! Nonetheless the water was cold an there was some great runs and pockets that held some nice Rio Grande cutthroat trout. Nothing to large but all were healthy and great fighters!







This creek was just planned as a day trip so we were not able to explore most of its water through the canyon. In the next coming years I hope to return an make this creek a backpacking destination!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

MANTI-LA SAL NATIONAL FOREST----UTAH

After researching some of the few waters in Utah that hold Yellowstone Cutthroat trout, I decided on a valley in the Manti-La Sal National forest that holds a few creeks and tributary's which all hold the Yellowstone Cutthroat.

 I hiked along a ridge overlooking the valley for about 4 miles before descending to the creek. This area has as good as scenery as anywhere I have been.



The fishing was surprisingly better than expected, for the size of the creek I expected to be catching 10 to 15" fish! I think the smallest I caught was 15 inch's, most averaged around 17" largest was 20". Cutthroat trout are know to be lazy fighters, especially Yellowstone Cutthroat; not these fish. All were long hard fighters with most jumping out of the water a few times in attempt to spit the hook! I lost my 1st two fish not expecting these guys to be such hard fighters, after a bit more attention on landing these guys I had no more issues.






The teeth on the bigger fish were razor sharp!


The spotted Rainbow!



Cut bow!


The smallest fish landed!


Some views of the creek while fishing.....





This is definitely an area I plan on backpacking into next time, I would like to have more time exploring the tributary's and fishing further upstream!


Saturday, June 16, 2012

ANTIMONY CREEK

Seems like it has been forever since the last fishing day! The creek was running crystal clear, and just a perfect day to dust off the 3wt rod ;tie on a dry fly and catch lots of fish.

The creek is quite the workout to fish, very fast pace fishing; 2 or 3 fish from the run and then on to the next. Some views while fishing.....






The fish in the creek consist of rainbows and browns, which are all wild. For such small fish they can sure fight!