Wind River Mountains...theirs gold in them hills

Great report and photos. They really took me back; those were my summer haunts in the 1970's; I've been to all the summits, but wasn't into fishing then. I did, however, see many large goldens caught in those lakes and streams back then.

Since then, I've been back a few times to fish. In 1995, I fished your unnamed lake and the ones in the valley below and we didn't catch a golden over about 9". I was surprised and disappointed. Maybe Wyobio's comment about being devoid of fish explains it. In Finis Mitchell's book, he referred to golden trout in that area averaging 18"! Mitchell was personally responsible for stocking many of the lakes in the Winds. That statement seems like an exaggeration, but I recall walking past a camp of fishermen one day in late summer (maybe about 1975) and seeing a row of about a dozen golden trout that size chilling in a snow bank next to their camp. I marveled at the size and beauty of those fish (I had never seen a golden trout before). A couple days later I was walking passed their campsite again and noticed that they had moved on. Sadly, the fish still lay there in the melting snow, a little past their due date.

More recently (2006), I crossed the divide near there to reach some REALLY remote golden trout water. Again, the fish weren't as big as you found, but the experience was undescribable. We didn't encounter another soul for 4 days.

I hope I can get back in there again, but every year the trail gets longer and the passes higher. Keep posting the reports; they keep my hopes alive!

I was wondering how long it would take until people recognized some of the peaks/area. Its been really fun to read the reports from others on here who have been there and their experiences from the Winds. I have done a few fishing trips here in MI, really makes you realize how special certain places are.


Not to be confused with Freestone
I've bookmarked this one to refer back to sometime about mid January when I'm just about ready to go mad... this will either hold me over or send me over the deep end!
Obviously there is truth in the old saying, "walk at least one mile past the parking lot before staring to fish"!
Thanks for sharing.