Mysterious brown in small waters. There are always fish in Utah waters if your patient enough to find where they are hiding.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Wait for it...wait for it.....
Okay, I learned how to take a timed picture. This was the first rainbow I hooked up with. It was 15 inches. Don't let the size fool you. These rainbows are like footballs and have lots of power.
This was one of two browns I caught. The were both about 15 inches.
Another beautiful rainbow for with lots of gold in site.
Heeellloooo. This was the second brown. The spots were amazing on these trout.
I tried to get a good picture with my new net and my rod.
Monday, September 01, 2008
Beautiful Red Castle Lake.
Finally reaching the long awaited campspot.
We were still about 1/4 mile from destination. My hiking buddy was carring quite the load.
18 in Cutt. I was holding this one a little tight and it looks all warped.
16 in cutt basking in the afternoon sun.
All made it though. This one was 18 inch.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Adam Van Schelt and I took some time to hunt for a trout that may seem meaningless, but to us they were trophies. We were looking to hook up with the Tiger trout. We headed to Washington Lake.
Although small, it was another species of trout under my belt. It is a great feeling to see new creatures of this life. Every trout we released.
Adam finally broke in his new flyrod & reel. Besides the locked keys in the car, waiting for new ones to come up 6+ hours later...and a nasty rain storm to sit through, it actually turned out to be a great trip. Adam knows I am giving him a hard time.
The butter yellow color and brown spotted pattern gives this trout its name. They are really fun to look at.
Adam is an expert Kayaker. He used this to his advantage to manuver to where the fish were jumping. He was the first to land one.
Focus, focus, focus. It was such a beautiful day on the lake.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Dave, Kent, and I at our 1st rest looking at the grassy ridge we needed to go over just over Dave's pack. We were so excited to finally be on the trip we planned for so long ago.
From the car we were to climb 3000 feet in less than 4 miles. Talk about a gut check. It was now or never.
There were roughly 100 (no joke) switchbacks like this throughout the trip. This kind of hike is not for the inexperienced or weak. It makes you wonder if you want to do it again. We took it one step at a time. That's me just ahead.
As we came around a bend we ran into this view. It was breathtaking. It was the first real lake of the trip we came across.
The coldest water I have ever crossed. This is a glacial river. The glacial silt comes off the high peaks and looks like this. It felt great on our feet that had been walking more than 20 miles... until about half way across. Then it felt like a million needles were stabbing your body. We actually bathed in this on our way back. It was an bone chilling dip to say the least.
Quite a somber and beautiful morning. No sounds of cars, people, cell phones, or computers. It was nature at its most raw level. Dave's Sierra Design ClipFlashlight is at the base of the picture.
Kent and I looking over our final decent into what we had been waiting for for a long time. It was a beautiful site. This was more than three dozen miles from any trailhead in the backcountry. One mistake and it would probably be your last.
The first Golden caught. I was so excited to catch this in a little stream. I now had a new species under my belt and felt great.
This golden is about 12 inches and has just lost its paw marks. The golden trout are such a magnificent fish. A true gift.