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A sworn to secrecy location that was filled with HUGE trout.

Huge difficult trout--as I in I hooked ONE--and it was a freight train that was gone in a matter of seconds after taking a size 18 caddis emerger...
A sworn to secrecy location that was filled with HUGE trout.

Huge difficult trout--as I in I hooked ONE--and it was a freight train that was gone in a matter of seconds after taking a size 18 caddis emerger...
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Too warm to fish really well...  Best fished further upriver and in the fall
Too warm to fish really well... Best fished further upriver and in the fall
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Waiting for the evening rise--if the wind and rain allow one...
Waiting for the evening rise--if the wind and rain allow one...
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An "only slightly larger than average trout" for this particular watershed...
An "only slightly larger than average trout" for this particular watershed...
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a decent sized Cutt
a decent sized Cutt

Report at a Glance

General RegionThe Rockies, the Cascades and the Siskiyou

Details and Discussion

DemtroutAugust 2nd, 2016, 10:42 pm
Posts: 6Just wrapped up an almost dream trip exploring the American West and fishing some of the regions most renowned Blue Ribbon fisheries!

The weather was wildly unpredictable, run-off patterns were all over the map--and I am a dry fly enthusiast (ok--a fanatic) loathe to fish with an indicator so it was definitely a mixed bag. Epic hatches in places with very technical fishing, spring creeks where fish under 20" where banned ;-) and cutthroat so gullible I left in search of a more challenging quarry. Some watersheds were guaranteed fish--if one wanted to fish an indicator; big and even bigger trout!

It seems drought and whirling disease continue to be an issue in many places--even if the local guides and chamber of commerce have a happier tale to sell--I mean tell ;-)

High points were catching the tail end of the Golden Stones in the Tetons and Yellowstone as the water was dropping and clearing; a lake trout that took a Callibaetis nymph (wtf?); a "hatch" of aquatic wasps that set off some pretty frenzied feeding to anything and everything--and finally REALLY dialing in some superb dry fly action on the Missouri (as in almost every fish that I could get a good drift)

A lengthier photo essay is on my Facebook pages if you are interested

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204113572067168&set=a.1022463529459.2004059.1461357746&type=3&theater
Jmd123August 2nd, 2016, 11:52 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2345
Great trip man! Western landscapes are soooooo picturesque and spectacular. Those are pretty fish too!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
PartsmanAugust 3rd, 2016, 9:00 am
bancroft michigan

Posts: 209
Yup, definitely a must do. Thanks for the great pics.

Mike.
Feathers5August 3rd, 2016, 10:53 am
Posts: 287Thanks so much for sharing. Great nature to be surrounded with on a stream.I wasn't thrilled with fishing over cutthroats either.
MartinlfAugust 4th, 2016, 7:26 pm
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2871
Breathtaking shot of those red cliffs. Thank you for sharing.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
TroutnutAugust 21st, 2016, 11:43 pm
Administrator
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2458
Thanks for the report, and great pictures!
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist

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