Wind River Mountains...theirs gold in them hills

Discussion in 'Trip Reports with Pics' started by manOfaith, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. ganglyangler

    ganglyangler Bird Dogs and Fly Rods

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    Very nice fish and report!
     
  2. Alexander

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    ManOfFaith (I like the name btw ;)), Killer pics / report. Next you should put Colorado on the map, there are many alpine lakes with good hike ins where you can find similar hook-ups as you posted with greenback cutties! It's worth your while, especially if you like to hike in. When I lived there I did lots of that and scuds were mostly the ticket, that and caddis like you mentioned. Most people discard high lakes, they think the fish are small... LOL, sure there are the small ones, but they grow plenty big, but it helps keep the traffic down, and many don't want to hike in anyway. The greenbacks get so red on their bellies, they are beautiful.
     
  3. Alexander

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    Ty something like this next time you hit up lakes like that, if you use frogs fanny on it, it will float (caddis), it will also resemble a scud likeness, the hackles, the action of the hackles will get their attention. ;) Soft hackle Caddis (my own version), I just tied it up one day and it killed 'em in Colorado.
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  4. Bob Jones

    Bob Jones Still truckless now farther away

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    Another great trip I'll never make!! keep on posting thanks
     
  5. Gary Thompson

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    Way to cool!!!!
     
  6. Richard Torres

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    Excellent post..

    Those were the largest golden trout i've ever seen!

    The males in thier spawning(?) colors were amazing...

    Also brookies, cutbows and bows?

    And I bet the stars at night were unbelieveable.

    As Ed posted earlier, worthy to make it the trip report of the year..:thumb:

    All in Old man Jim's back yard..... Truly amazing..
     
  7. GABoy

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    AWESOME!!!!

    Beautiful cutties!!!!

    Just added another place to the bucket list!!!!

    Appreciate it!!!
     
  8. mark.eberstein

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    were those streams tribs of the lakes you were fishing? tribs that connected the lakes? pics sure were sweet, man
     
  9. Bruce Baker

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    Thanks for sharing Wayne and I echo most of the others' comments. What an awsome trip and great photos to boot!
     
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    Upton O Blind hog fisherman

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    Not sure how I missed this...but I am sure glad I poked my head in this forum. Unbelievable! Thanks for sharing! What a trip. I am very envious.
     
  12. manOfaith

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    Thanks guys. My thoughts are the fish just finished spawning. I didn't notice any eggs in the females falling out or milk in the males.

    One of the lakes I was fishing had a small creek that connected to another lake nearby. It had some trout in it that I fished and have a few pictures of. But most of the lakes (golden lakes) did not have feeder streams of any size.

    I finished 1 short vid of my 19.5" golden last night. I am going to see about uploading it tonight. I will be sure and post it here. Should be entertaining lol.
     
  13. manOfaith

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    Ok, I just edited the first post and added a few quick video's we were able to take of a few of the fish. Thought you guys might like them.
     
  14. Greg Armstrong

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    It's gonna be tough to top that trip! You've set the bar high for yourself. Cherish the memories - I backpacked/fished the Winds in the summer of 1972 and I think I'm still trying to out-do that experience! Wish I had such great photos to help remember that summer. Very nice!
     
  15. Wyobio

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    Fantastic!

    I live right near where you went hiking and can see those mountains from my house!! I am glad to see such beautiful fish coming out of those lakes (I can recognise the backdrop). A few years back they were almost devoid of fish, and were re-stocked with goldens--and they look like they are doing fantastic!

    The Wind's are amazing. My wife and I did a 7 day trip this summer and and caught;cutthroat, brook, rainbow, brown and lake trout--all from one single drainage!!