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.
And our campsite:
We mostly stripped streamers for nice cutthroats and a few browns.
We found these within about 3' of each other.
Fishing wasn't spectacular, but about like you'd expect for a high elevation stream in early April. The scenery though, was unreal.