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Old 04-05-2015, 08:08 PM
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Default Pre-Runoff Trip

Mountain freestone streams aren't just for summer. My favorite stream is broken up into two stretches that I simply call the upper and lower sections. The upper section is my favorite, but is much higher up in the mountains, and therefore less accessible. Last year, I snowshoed into the lower river in mid-April. This year, my brother and I wanted to head back before runoff started in earnest. With the warm weather all month, the nearest stream gauge was showing a record high, but with temps dropping this weekend (highs in the 30s), it looked like a small window of opportunity might exist to get in while the river was low/clear enough to fish.

We drove into the mountains as far as the snow drifts would allow, then began the 4.6 mile trek to the upper river. This was the view as we dropped into the valley.

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And our campsite:

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We mostly stripped streamers for nice cutthroats and a few browns.

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We found these within about 3' of each other.

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Fishing wasn't spectacular, but about like you'd expect for a high elevation stream in early April. The scenery though, was unreal.

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Old 04-05-2015, 08:30 PM
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Awesome trip report, photos and fish, thanks for sharing!
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What strain of cutthroats are those? Did you pack out the sheds?
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Man I only dream of getting out to places like that.

Thanks for posting, that was truly awesome to see. I can only imagine the real McCoy....one of these days
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Simply amazing
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Great trip report.
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Great report and photos!

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Awesome report. Heavy on photos and light on text, just the way my ADHD self likes 'em! You have me pining for the mountains now!


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Great report! You should put this in the OP as well!
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