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  1. #1
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    Mar 2008
    Pinedale, WY
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    Default Wind River Mtns Fishing Trip

    This past month I have been taking horse back riding lessons mainly to go riding with my girlfriend and hopefully get into some of the remote high country lakes north of town. The Wind River range is just loaded with remote lakes that I want to explore. Dexter, the guy that I'm taking lessons from offered to take me up into the Wind River Mtns to fish for Goldens and I jumped on the opportunity. The plan was to take his grandson (Shawn) and his best friend (David) and myself with two pack horses. Both of the boys are 16 and have never fly fished so I brought along two extra rods for them to try out. Day one was a long pack trip into the high country, we left the trailhead at 12:30 pm and didn't get into the lake that we planned to camp at until 7:30 pm, so needless to say my body was totally exhausted, but what a great experience to see some awesome high country scenary. Day two was spent fishing the local lakes around camp and we found the cutthroats and cutbows to be willing to play and had a fantastic time C&R lots of fish. After a short fly casting lesson the boys had a total blast with the fly rods and the willing fish were perfect for beginer fly fishermen. It was really great to see how easily they took to fly fishing. Day 3 was planned to ride over to Elbow lake to fish for the elusive Golden Trout, but unfortunately we all got skunked. I had never fished for Goldens and should have asked the members of the forun for advice before I left (major mistake). We primarily used black wooly buggers and leach patterns thinking that we needed to get deep as I had hard that the Goldens like really cold water. We didn't try any dries as we only spotted two fish rise and they were way out in the middle of the lake. Here are some photos of the trip:
    Day 1 ride into the mountains, four riders and two pack horses:

    One of the many lakes in the Winds that we enjoyed:

    One of the boys heading out fly fishing:

    One of the beautiful locals:

    Not sure if this was a cross between a Golden and a Cutty, maybe someone on the forum would help identify what this is:

    Ride into Elbow Lake:

    View of Elbow Lake:

    Another beautiful fish we found in the Winds:

    The horses taking a break at Elbow Lake:

  2. #2
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    Wasilla / Skwentna, Alaska
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    I know that had to be fun Larry, a beautiful place indeed.


    Anywhere can be the land of great expectations, broken dreams, or paradise found, it's all up to you.

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    Languedoc/near montpellier
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    beautiful sceneries!!!Now I can say you're a real cowboy LarryLucky you to fish such wonderful placeshope you'll post some more pics.

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    Incredible looking fish Larry!

    One question though....Was it difficult getting a good fit between the neoprene footy on your waders and the pointed toe on your cowboy boots?

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  6. #5
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    Eastern Tennessee

    Default Re: Wind River Mtns Fishing Trip

    Beautiful scenery and beautiful fish.

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    sycamore, illinois
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    Default Re: Wind River Mtns Fishing Trip

    great report larry
    beautiful fish and beautiful country indeed.
    thank you for sharing.



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    Red Lodge, MT

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    I am sure jelous as I would love to do a pack trip on horses back into the beartooths. Trully stunning to get away from it all like that. Well done sir!

    Purty fish what ever it maybe a X of. Would loved to see it in person all that bright yellow!

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    Very cool. I love those high mountain pictures like number 7. It just looks awesome.

    "I have a river runs through it on blue ray, so yeah, I guess you could say I know a thing or two about fly fishing."

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    Ben Lomond, Ca
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    Thanks for sharing! Gotta see that country some day...-Mike

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    i am jealous of this trip too! Thanks for the report and the beautiful pictures.

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