Run-off – she’s in full swing here, no denying it, but that doesn’t mean Dustin and I have sat on the sidelines. We’ve been lucky enough to find fishable water in the last week, and have even had a good amount of fish come to hand. To be frank, I’ve been most pleased and surprised at our proficiency. Most fish are in the smaller range, but at this point we aren’t complaining. Each day we pinch ourselves as we pull a wiggling fish from his cold confines and glance at the scenery in which we and the fish live, all of us so lucky. A side note: the Big T has dropped rapidly…don’t all rush out at once.
Big head, little body on the brown above – small stream diet. Hiding out under a willow, a nice drift coaxed him from his hiding position and onto the end of my line. Below, Dustin’s first Brook – from a backwater! This guy did not live to swim another day; Dustin took him home and fried him…
This past weekend, we took across the divide to see what was in store for us on that side of the continent, both on Highway 34 and 14. I can report that the headwaters of the Poudre remain frozen. Just a few hundred feet lower in elevation, the Poudre does run ice free with several feet of snow surrounding the banks. Poudre Lake, the originating supplier of water to the river, exists still as a solid sheet of ice. The marked destination for hiking and fishing when Brooke and Matt visit finds itself under 70+” of snow as of Saturday. You would think we would be tired of snow, but it was mesmerizing staring at the gleaming whiteness speckled with pine needles. Wilderness quite worthy of a vacation destination.
Furthermore, our trip west provided a great recon mission for a creek which is high on Dustin and I’s must fish list. We scouted the water, and were pleased to find to a bit of fishable water, but more so an outstanding, relatively quiet fishery that we can’t wait to experience. Dustin also found a tail-water that he must try, so plans are in the works for a day trip next weekend (if he has a day off work). He is much more excited about tail-waters (for the big fish), whereas I am much more excited about the challenge and the beautiful rewards of small streams. As we give way to the ebb and flows of one another’s desires, I predict the summer and fall to be jam packed full of fishing adventures, with Dustin giving way to my desires frequently since he is apt to feast on Brookies. Unfortunately, money makes the world go round and Dustin has taken a second job to give us the luxury of having hobbies. This second job will definitely hamper the backcountry adventures we had planned, but we will make due the very best we can.
The gills, and the scenery have had their moment of glory in this post, but I wish to share a bit of the antlered sort for a moment. While mom doesn’t have antlers, the calf might some day and this is too adorable not to share, besides I include antler porn too.
I stopped in to get the skinny from the parks office today for Brooke and Matt’s visit, and was surprised at all the information they had available – for FREE! I encourage anyone wanting to plan a vacation to contact the local parks office, either in person or on the phone, as they are willing to send information to you as well.