Ard: Another great post! This was a much different year for me, I retired, sold the house and moved from the east side of Wyoming to the west side. I had a lot of exploring of new water and like the others have said had to deal with the drought conditions that plagued most of the U.S. The low water shutdown the ability to float the local streams early so I did a fair amount of wading this year, but the positive of all that was that I had the best dry fly fishing in years. Being retired, I was able to get out quite a bit, and don't plan on stopping fishing any time soon as I have the tailwaters at Fontenelle, Flaming Gorge and Palisades dams to fish below once everything else freezes up.....just plan on layering up and getting some good use out of the neoprene waders. Here is a summary of my fishing:
--trip up to Montana to fish the Missouri River above Helena in the spring
--Bighorn River, WY.....two different floats one in the spring and then late in the summer.
--New Fork River float (here in town)
--Green River here in town, two floats and multiple days wading.
--Green River below Fonenelle Reservoir, mulitple trips wading.
--No Tellum' Spring Creek over by Swan Valley, ID with my good friend Kelly from the forum. It's always a great trip when we get a chance to fish together.
--South Fork of the Snake float trip in the spring with Davo from the forum.
--Boulder Lake, Soda Lake (twice) and Willow Lake.....got skunked on each lake.
--Meadow Lake for Grayling
--Fontenelle Reservoir in the spring at ice out.
--Four day horse trip into the Winds fishing for Cutties, boy was that a fun trip!
--Private ranch just outside Pinedale (it definitely pays to know the right people!)
--Guild Ranch (pay to fish for trophy fish) near Ft Bridger, WY
--North Platte river float trip on the Grey Reef section with ScoobySteve from the forum, just a fantastic day fishing with another forum member.
--Boulder creek...good opportunity to breakout the 3 wt and the Cordel auto-reel that JP was so kind to give to me.
--Private bass pond near Longmont, CO fishing with my 5 year old grandson, another great trip!
--Yellowstone NP fishing an un-named stream in the fall! That is definitely on my bucket list for next year.
Best day of all was fishing with my grandson and seeing his face when he lands a nice smallmouth or crappie: