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Lucky lucky me. My husband and our great friend (and fly fisherman extraordinaire) "M" conspired to put me on some realllly nice trout earlier this month. Being relatively new to the sport (just started throwing flies in 2001~yes, that sounds like a long time, but fly fishing is an art that takes time, patience, and practice to perfect!) my normal catch in Trout waters is of the young and dumb (small!) variety, which are generally the only fish I can fool into sipping up one of my bug patterns. So, they decided it was time to put me on some nice, fat, large (and I mean BIG!) Browns for a change, and let me try my darndest to hoodwink 'em with my own self-tied versions of the Green River's legendary hatch of Blue-winged Olives  (BWO's, a type of Mayfly that abounds during peak early Spring hatch times).

And what a hatch it was! One short week of billions of small insects boiling the water's surface before emerging into flight, mating, and quickly expiring to blanket the stream with their spent bodies, literally becoming 'fish food'.

~ But, before the actual fishing begins, one must have something with which to fool those canny trout ~

Did you know that tying flies on tiny little sized 22 hooks is hard on your eyes and your sanity? I didn't either, until I spend the preceding three weeks before our trip tying the little BWO imitations required to "match the hatch" for our trip to Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area.

This is what I tied:

The idea is to end up with something that looks like this:

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When those babies hatch by the billions each afternoon for about a week in early Spring, the trout tend to go nuts, throw caution to the wind, and virtually leap out of the water, mouths open wide,
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to suck in these tempting meals on wings as they emerge from their liquid streambed birthplace and before they can fly away. Which is why, if you want to appear smarter than your average Brown Trout, you plan on being on the Green River while the big hatch is on! Throw anything that resembles their favorite lunch du jour, and there's a better than average chance you'll successfully hook up with some picture worthy fish.

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After tying a few dozen of those little devils of feather and thread on miniscule (size 22, approx 1/4 inch long) hooks, this is what I felt like:

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The only thing that saved my sanity was knowing that with some luck and skill, the rewards would be worth it ;-)

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Having watched the weather forecast for several days prior to departure, we knew we could encounter snow, rain, wind, and freezing cold, as well as hot, sunny, "UV 80 sunscreen" days.... in other words, we had to pack everything from tee shirts and shorts to long johns, underarmour, fleece, and rain gear, along with our waders and boots, and fit it all into 2 bags! Suitcases bulging with several layers of cold weather wear, 2 fly rods apiece, and fly boxes packed with tiny dry flies and a few larger "streamer" patterns (in case the fish decided to be finicky or we somehow missed the hatch) we boarded our 2 1/2 hour flight to Salt Lake City, there to begin our 5 hour drive northeast into the High Uintahs mountains to Dutch John, Utah, the closest "civilization" to Flaming Gorge reservoir and dam, below which flows some of the best Blue Ribbon trout waters in the entire country.

First glimpse of our destination:

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We landed in a nice snowstorm at SLC. Undaunted (having previously fished for the past 5 autumns in 2-3 degrees below zero conditions in Yellowstone Park and it's surrounds, where with every third cast the guides on your fly rods crust with ice and must be "thawed" by dipping the entire rod into the water, to be repeated again every few more casts!) we set out for the Red Canyon Lodge, our home base for the next 7 days.

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Dutch John. Flaming Gorge, Utah. Gorgeous country, cool cloudy weather.... PERFECT!!

We three enthusiasts checked in, unpacked, pulled out our portable fly tying kits, and started planning for a week of unparalleled fly fishing adventure. It being my first time to the Green, the guys insisted on a short guided tour/reconnaissance "look see" of the river we'd be fishing the next morning, so we hopped into the car again, cameras in hand, for the 15 minute drive through mountain switchbacks, across the dam, and down into the bottom of Flaming Gorge.

Along the way, we encountered an assortment of the abundant wildlife that shares the area with the thousands of fisherpersons that flock to these waters:

My first Marmot:

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and first Mountain Goat:

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as well as the more familiar Elk:

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and Mule Deer:

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We never did catch a glimpse of the Big Horn sheep or Moose that also make the High Uintahs mountains there home..... next time!

Stopping at the viewing areas along the highway, we took a few pictures of the beautiful Gorge and the Green River from above:

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And at the water's edge:

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Mood: Excited and ready for adventure!

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Scouting mission accomplished, we headed back to the lodge for a nice supper, a glass or two of wine, and an early to bed evening, dreams of monster trout filling our heads.

Snow showers during the night left a thin blanket of powder on the car and road, but we were ready with 4 wheel drive and underarmour, fleece, and wool socks, so we headed out for a quick bite and then began the first day of what was to be a truly memorable fly fishing experience.

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After having my expectations raised with tales of past fishing trips on the Green, I had a disappointing, zero-luck-and-100%-frustration, first day, so I decided to snap a few pictures (rather than my fly rod over my knee!) from the bank during a much needed attitude adjustment break ;-(

It gave me some comfort to see that I was not the only one encountering a less than perfect day ;-)
The Mr. dealing with a tangled wading staff:

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"M" unhooking his errant fly after the wind whipped hook caught him on the back of his waders ;-) (sorry, "M", old friend, couldn't resist!)

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Moi, before ultimately losing my cool, getting a few pointers on my casting technique... "yes, I know I break at the wrist when I cast, dear".... "yes, dear,  #@$%!, I do tend to back cast a bit further than I should, tangling my line in the brush on the bank behind me" ...sigh.

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And on to day two, with much better results!

Success!!! My first big Brown! (and no, I'm not kicking up my heel in delight! I was kneeling on a sharply slanted stream bank with one foot planted uphill so I wouldn't lose my balance hoisting my huge catch ;-)

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And yet another beaut:

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Day 3 was a windy, blustery mess, where I caught nothing more than the weeds behind me, losing flies left and right, cursing the elements and pounding the water fiendishly to no avail. Ya, a day of fruitless fishing is better than a day of work... ya... sure it is.... lol.

Day 4 was muuuuuch better!

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As was day 5, although it drizzled early, then cleared up and turned much colder. (Hence the dorky head wear ;-)

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Not unexpectedly, the guys, being far more experienced than I, out-fished me five to one, catching trophy sized Browns as well as a few beautiful Rainbows, but I was thrilled with the 5 nice sized Browns I hauled in, and the three "quick releases" I couldn't quite land before losing them back to the stream again.

We spent the last day beating the water fairly unsuccessfully, with only a trout each and blistering sunburned hands to show for a long day of fishing.... but were so glad we arrived the week that we did. Our final day on the Green River the hatch was brief and small, but the number of fisherpersons had quadrupled!

Lucky us, we'd caught the hatch at the perfect time, gotten to the best spot on the river early and often, and had the time of our lives watching some amazing trout rise to our best tied flies, sipping them up like the mayflies they resembled, fighting them on bent rods, netting and quickly snapping a few album-bound photos before gently releasing them all and watching them swim away into the clear rippling waters of the legendary Green River, tired but unharmed, and perhaps a little wiser, to fight another day.

Originally posted to Lisa Lockwood on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 05:25 AM PDT.

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  •  Fly fishing is great esp. when you c&r. Where hubb (12+ / 0-)

    y fishes the flies are size #26-30. You cannot see them on the water. At.All.

    "Say little; do much." (Pirkei Avot: 1:15)

    by hester on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 05:42:58 AM PDT

  •  I have always fished rainbows (7+ / 0-)

    with a Professor or Irresistible.  I heard the browns were like pulling in a shoe.  I take it that was wrong.  Nice fish.

    I've upped my standards. Now up yours.- Pat Paulson -5.13/-3.38

    by Grannus on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 05:43:39 AM PDT

    •  Thanks. BWOs seem (6+ / 0-)

      to work well on trout, at least out west. Any mayfly pattern when there's a rise, otherwise midges/emergers/scuds.... not my favorite.


      "When the powerless are shut out of the media, we will make the media irrelevant" ~Anonymous~

      by Lisa Lockwood on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 10:21:40 AM PDT

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      •  Those little BWOs have become one (6+ / 0-)

        of my go-to patterns, especially the emergers. I've gotten into very few actual hatches but anytime I can't see what they're sipping I'll tie one on and usually it works.

        Obama is not a brown-skinned anti-war socialist who gives away free health care. You're thinking of Jesus.

        by frankzappatista on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 12:20:35 PM PDT

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        •  They're my go-to also, (5+ / 0-)

          when a caddis doesn't seem to be working, mainly because I love to dry fly fish, they're easy to see when you tie them with parachute posts, and so elegant to watch the trout approach and slurp. Recently started tying some with purple thread base, seems to fool them better.
          Hubby likes to nymph and use streamers; he's the bugger man ;-)


          "When the powerless are shut out of the media, we will make the media irrelevant" ~Anonymous~

          by Lisa Lockwood on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 12:36:47 PM PDT

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          •  Nymphs vs dries, the eternal question (6+ / 0-)

            Nymphs are DEADLY and will bring more and bigger fish if you know what you're doing. I nymph a fair amount, but only when the fish are down. But I pretty much live for the surface strike, the rise, the swirl. Even when you miss its almost a payoff just to bring them up.

            Obama is not a brown-skinned anti-war socialist who gives away free health care. You're thinking of Jesus.

            by frankzappatista on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 12:52:18 PM PDT

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            •  On day 2 thru 5, we had (7+ / 0-)

              literally hundreds of trout rising after the hatch, so many that you could throw a fly, watch it land on the water, and two trout would rise up and flip it out of the way with their dorsals or tail as they hungrily chased the real bugs. It was soooooo fun, but frustrating, to keep casting only to be rejected or simply timed wrong and the fly hit the water seconds after the trout head rose and sank back under.  
              I went through an awful lot of leader trying so many mayfly patterns/sizes in quick succession. Cripples, duns, spinners.... what worked once or twice would stop working two minutes later. It was amazing.


              "When the powerless are shut out of the media, we will make the media irrelevant" ~Anonymous~

              by Lisa Lockwood on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 12:59:23 PM PDT

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    •  @Grannus (1+ / 0-)
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      I guess if you foul hooked a brown it would be like that, but my experience with Western Browns has been that they put up quite a fight, often porpoise, and will take off a lot of line if you're using light tackle. Maybe not as lively as brookies (I hear) but definitely not a shoe ;-)

      This reminds me that during the afternoon BWO hatches, the trout were so numerous and so many were rising at once that there were a LOT of people foul hooking--- all those fish bodies jammed together created a wall of gills and fins that made foul hooking 'em problematic. Darn, what a problem! heh.


      "When the powerless are shut out of the media, we will make the media irrelevant" ~Anonymous~

      by Lisa Lockwood on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 03:22:33 AM PDT

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  •  Thanks for sharing a bit of (13+ / 0-)

    paradise:  I so miss the days of wading a western stream and working an old bamboo rod in the riffles.  Now THAT is hard to beat.

  •  Thanks for the trip down memory lane (17+ / 0-)

    a lot of my childhood was spent on the Green River, and some at Flaming Gorge.  I'm not much on fishing these days more photo stuff. Great pics....t&r

    Born again Cynic since 2008 when the patent medicine man came to town.

    by SallyCat on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 06:09:21 AM PDT

  •  Watched my better half fish yesterday at an event (9+ / 0-)

    called "first shot" down at the headquarters of the Colorado Division of Wildlife on north Broadway in Denver.

    It's a yearly event to introduce kids or others to fishing, shooting a bow, and 22lr.

    Spitting snow and high 40s, overcast. Five dollar complimentary fish poles prepared with bobbers and plastic fish eggs in a tiny pond half a stones throw from ten lanes of I-25.

    Once in a while people would get lively stockers, rainbow. Then my wife got a bite from a whale, probably someone's pet. Tore the reel off the pole, a Fish and Game officer ran for a net and anther got wet grabbing the line. They pulled it in for the photo. My kids thought it was great if bumbed not to be able to eat it.

    I think they probably keep that pond like some people do for large gold fish or something.

    "Don't fall or we both go." Derek Hersey 1957-1993

    by ban nock on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 06:13:27 AM PDT

  •  Nice photo of the whistle pig too (9+ / 0-)

    I think they call them yellow bellied or something. Eat any of those fish?

    "Don't fall or we both go." Derek Hersey 1957-1993

    by ban nock on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 06:26:13 AM PDT

  •  Come visit, we will float the South Holsten (9+ / 0-)

    and Watauga for trophies, the Nolichucky for smallmouth and hike up and wade the highest small streams in the east off Grandfather catching beautiful, smart, purple-splotched natives.

    I'm babysitting today. I've my son's new Golden Retrevier puppy and this afternoon, I'm introducing the ten-week old joy to the Boone Fork--already have him wading the big river.

    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 07:33:06 AM PDT

  •  We fished it last October (5+ / 0-)

    You are absolutely right about those rites of spring.  What a lovely diary and a lovely place.  We waded it too, last October.  The stream looked like we could have taken my folding kayak down to get to more remote spots.  My fish were nowhere near the size of yours.  As in most of life, timing is everything, but the right time to throw flies at trout is every chance you get.

    I am amazed that the elk are still carrying their antlers.  We did see some other wildlife.  The bighorn sheep were exciting.   I wish I knew how to insert my picture of that big pink plastic dinosaur in Vernal.  

    •  Heh. We didn't get to see (5+ / 0-)

      the dinosaur in Vernal. It was interesting passing all the informational plaques describing the geological formations found in the gorge. One of them, if I'm not mistaken, was formed from petrified squid.

      Some of the elk we saw were in velvet, some had full racks, but mostly we saw cows.

      They're increasing the flow from the dam like crazy, started right before we got there, so the river was running way high. We were afraid we'd get blown out and have to drift, but it was still wadeable up north of Little Hole.


      "When the powerless are shut out of the media, we will make the media irrelevant" ~Anonymous~

      by Lisa Lockwood on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 10:34:17 AM PDT

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    •  Oh oh. I realize now that (5+ / 0-)

      that particular elk picture is from last Fall in Yellowstone. (I just uploaded, and put him in the wrong album).
      What we saw were several bulls very similar to the big guy above, as well as velveted youngsters with much smaller racks.


      "When the powerless are shut out of the media, we will make the media irrelevant" ~Anonymous~

      by Lisa Lockwood on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 12:23:17 PM PDT

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  •  Floating the Madison (7+ / 0-)

    I love fly fishing in Montana!. I've spent many a float trip on the Madison River past the Three Dollar Bridge and the Palisades. Amazing fishing and beautiful scenery. I once saw a dozen bald eagles on a small sandbar.

    I hear what you're saying about the wind. Casting from a Montana drift boat in the wind is not easy. Roll casting baby!

    •  Ah... Montana..favorite place in the world! (5+ / 0-)

      Fishing the Gallatin, Madison and Firehole. We go there every Fall, late, when the temps are often in the single digits and there's less pressure on the fish. Doesn't hurt that that's when the Browns spawn out of Hebgen, either ;-)

      Just finished tying a bunch of Serendipitys for our next trip.

      Last Fall just past 3$ Bridge we sat and watched two Bald Eagles join talons and tumble over and over just above the water's surface in a mating ritual as old as time. What a thrill!

      The fishing is much tougher out there in Yellowstone country, but hubby has always had success at Barns.
      I like the Biscuit Flats confluence, or along the Madison before Madison junction.


      "When the powerless are shut out of the media, we will make the media irrelevant" ~Anonymous~

      by Lisa Lockwood on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 10:47:01 AM PDT

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      •  Things sure have changed... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...since I first fished the Madison (Slide Inn area mostly) in 1984.

        All a rookie like me needed back then was a #14 Adams, a #12 Elk Hair caddis and a Gold-ribbed Hare's Ear for when the surface was still, and you could literally catch fourteen-to-eighteen inch browns and rainbows until your arms ached!

        Best of all, many days I'd have the entire river to myself except for the peak hatch times, usually for an hour or two in the mid-morning and then when the spinners started landing in the late afternoon...and I'm talking about early-July when many people take their yearly vacations.

        What a rude awakening I was in for when I was able to return in 1991...flyfishing had become the "in-thing", the "Golden Triangle" had been discovered and the crowds were unbearable most of the time...and the fish had become a great deal more sophisticated. The Serendipity (also called Ram Caddis by some) was about the only thing I could get to work.

        •  Luckily, the (0+ / 0-)

          3 dollar dip is way easy to tie. Now days, the caddis' have gotten a lot smaller, size 16-20. Parachute Adams still works! Stone fly nymphs, too.

          For some less crowded fishing, (never done YNP in Summer time) I think we're gonna hit the Madison past Hebgen at Baker's Hole campground and the Gallatin North of Big Sky.


          "When the powerless are shut out of the media, we will make the media irrelevant" ~Anonymous~

          by Lisa Lockwood on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 03:07:01 PM PDT

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    •  Try the Bighorn some time (4+ / 0-)

      Not as crowded as you'd think, and about all you need is a #18 pheasant tail, white sowbug, and a San Juan worm. A wicked beautiful river.

      Obama is not a brown-skinned anti-war socialist who gives away free health care. You're thinking of Jesus.

      by frankzappatista on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 12:26:08 PM PDT

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  •  Beautiful! (3+ / 0-)
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    My husband is an avid fly fisherman. We spends lots of time earning his keep when we're backpacking. I usually read a book while he does all of the work.

    I have a similar backcast thing where I'll hit the brush behind me. I've got a nice cast most of the time, though. My problem is getting the bites and keeping them on the hook. (Husband insists on barbless hooks, because he does so much catch and release.) Anyway, I'm mostly a fellow traveler on the fly fishing trips, but I love it.

    Thanks for this fabulous diary.

    Please donate to HEAL Africa, and support HR4128.

    by rb137 on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 12:15:45 PM PDT

    •  You're very welcome. My newest (7+ / 0-)

      trick is to watch my right hand as I raise it, without moving my head, and stop raising it when it's almost out of my visual range. Seems to help, but the more tired I get, the sloppier. Also, after I hook up I get excited and the next few casts are total crap.

      We also mash the barbs on our hooks, mainly from habit because you have to fish barbless in Yellowstone.

      Yes, keeping them on the hook and onto the reel is tough. I pulled a very graceful stunt, sliding down the muddy bank on my @ss and into the water and moss up to my waist, just trying to keep my final trout on the hook. Managed to keep the pressure on and did finally surf him over to my "netter" hubby, but ended up with leaky waders ;-)

      Next pair of boots will have studs on the bottom!


      "When the powerless are shut out of the media, we will make the media irrelevant" ~Anonymous~

      by Lisa Lockwood on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 12:31:24 PM PDT

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      •  Too funny! (4+ / 0-)

        Keep writing about this stuff -- I love it. (Following you now...) I'm also following the hunting and fishing group now. Would you all be interested in backpacking diaries? A lot of our fishing is on backpack trips, but I like to write about backpacking for the sake of backpacking sometimes.

        Please donate to HEAL Africa, and support HR4128.

        by rb137 on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 12:56:55 PM PDT

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        •  I'd love to read about your (3+ / 0-)
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          backpacking trips. Especially if you've got some pictures to share.

          We've done some hiking inside YNP, but not a long fishing hike yet. There's a trail that's about 5 miles long near the South Entrance we keep meaning to try that ends up at a nice stream with few humans and many fish ;-)

          Also planning a summer trip out west with other family members who haven't been to Yellowstone, and the daughters are horsey, so we're trying to set up a day long ride/fish excursion up near Big Sky. Can't wait!


          "When the powerless are shut out of the media, we will make the media irrelevant" ~Anonymous~

          by Lisa Lockwood on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 01:10:38 PM PDT

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  •  Magnificent (4+ / 0-)

    This is the first flyfishing diary I can recall -- well done! Flyfishing is truly the American Zen, isn't it? Pure focus and relaxation at once, pure connection with the natural world of water, fish, bugs, cottonwoods, flowers and bird life. And, as Thomas McGuane notes, a sport that takes us to the most beautiful places in the world.

    And isn't it great to hook fish on flies you tie yourself? To me it makes all the difference.

    If you ever get the chance, and if you and hubby are into remote camping, try fishing the Wind River range up in there where the Green River begins. I fished back in there a few summers ago and will be going back every summer til I die. The lakes are incredible, more glaciers than Glacier Park, and probably the best Golden Trout fishing in the world. A lot of big Cutts and Goldens back there that see very few people.

    Obama is not a brown-skinned anti-war socialist who gives away free health care. You're thinking of Jesus.

    by frankzappatista on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 12:39:02 PM PDT

    •  Thanks! It is a trip to (3+ / 0-)
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      fool a fish twice. Once by catching him with a fly to begin with, and twice because you were able to fashion in such a way that it looked real enough to, well, fool a fish.

      Never ever fished for Goldens. We have a friend who writes books about fly fishing, and he's always raving about how gorgeous they are. He does his fishing for Goldens in the mountains in Calif.

      Have to look up the Wind River, it sounds very intriguing.

      Speaking of Cuts, caught my first decent fish on the Snake north of Jackson Hole, about a mile off the highway....a pretty cutthroat. Walking back to the car we crossed several very fresh, very large bear tracks. gulp. the day suddenly seemed much colder. Now we always keep whistles and bells hanging from our vests, make noise as we hike, and usually carry bear spray when out in the Western mountains.


      "When the powerless are shut out of the media, we will make the media irrelevant" ~Anonymous~

      by Lisa Lockwood on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 01:25:19 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah, bears... (3+ / 0-)
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        My dad and I were fishing Kelly Creek in N. Idaho many years ago, a hot hot August day. He was fishing the head of a long pool, and I was fishing the tail, when we heard a big splash. Mama bear had come out of the willows and plunged into the water without seeing us, smack dab between us. But then she did see us and I saw the hackles stiffen on her back and there was a moment there where all of us froze. Then baby bear jumped in and all was fine. They got their soak and left us alone. That was one of the closer encounters we had fishing in North Idaho, but there were many others. Dad poo-poos the whole bear spray thing, he's old school that way. I take mine everywhere anymore.

        Obama is not a brown-skinned anti-war socialist who gives away free health care. You're thinking of Jesus.

        by frankzappatista on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 01:41:44 PM PDT

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  •  i just got a zxl sage 9' 5wt for half price! (3+ / 0-)
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    Lisa Lockwood, high uintas, hester

    woohoo!

    Say No to Frankenfish

    by stagemom on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 12:46:12 PM PDT

  •  $300 (0+ / 0-)

    For a plate of lobster?

    Who does that?

    When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace- Hendrix

    by Maori on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 01:06:14 PM PDT

  •  Thank you for this diary! I used to live (3+ / 0-)
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    in Rock Springs, Wyoming and The Flaming Gorge was a great place to visit. Not a fly fisherman but did enjoy the diary.

  •  Great fish Lisa! (2+ / 0-)
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    How could I not rec a diary about fly fishing in my neck of the woods. You took some great pics and did some wonderful fishing, I'm big time jealous.

    I'm mostly a stream fisher and use bait. My son in law keeps promising to teach me to fly fish and I really want to learn it, I know a perfect river near one the tributaries of the green that's full of hungry brookies and it's perfect for flies.

    Truth be told, I would fish with a bent safety pin, my bra strap and a piece of jerky if I thought it would catch a fish. I love to fish! hu

    "But much to my surprise when I opened my eyes I was the victim of the great compromise." John Prine

    by high uintas on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 02:11:38 PM PDT

    •  Ha ha.... (2+ / 0-)
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      safety pin and bra strap ;-)

      It would be a lot less expensive than fly fishing paraphernalia, that's for sure. It would get some attention, too! That reminded me of a story....

      Funniest thing, couple of years ago at the Barns in Yellowstone. We're sitting in our car warming up and eating lunch, parked with a nice front row view of the stretch of river being fished by 5-6 rookie fly fishermen and their professional guide. I don't know what the hell one of the guys did to piss off their guide, but he sure got his revenge....lol. One of the obviously unskilled fishermen was standing knee deep in the river wearing his brand spankin' new fishing vest UPSIDE DOWN. I mean, seriously, you would have to actually work pretty hard to accidentally put it on that way, because it would hang wrong and feel really uncomfortable. Clearly, the guide must have had enough of something, because equally clearly, he had "helped him" putting on his gear..... giggle. I snapped a picture of that just because I didn't think anyone would believe me!

      Thanks for the rec, and brookies are something I've yet to catch. They are gorgeous.

      I had almost as good a time taking the pictures as I did standing in the river.


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      by Lisa Lockwood on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 02:32:01 PM PDT

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  •  Thank you for a lovely diary.... (3+ / 0-)
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    I love the outdoors and this coming from a "city' girl from los angeles.  My friend from WA state introduced me to camping ten years ago and fell in love with the beauty of nature.  His favorite place in the world is Yellowstone.  I hope to a plan a trip there this year.

    •  OH, I so hear ya. I grew up in S Cali (0+ / 0-)

      and went camping exactly once. Girl Scout trip.
      Hubby introduced me to fly fishing and deer hunting 11 years ago, and what a strange thing it seems to me that I love both sports. I never even saw a firearm in Cali, much less imagined I'd someday shoot something!
      I know what you mean about 'falling in love with the beauty if nature'. I literally tear up when we do our first drive of our week long stay in MT as we head toward YNP, and tear up again as we leave.
      I would live and die there if I could.


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      by Lisa Lockwood on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 03:31:28 AM PDT

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  •  Lisa, you've gotta learn to roll cast if you are (3+ / 0-)
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    working a small stream/river w a lot of brush and trees in back of you. It's very cool cast and your line never really goes behind you. Practice in your back yard without a hook or leader. Just w the line. Here's a link.
    http://www.ehow.com/...

    "Say little; do much." (Pirkei Avot: 1:15)

    by hester on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 02:31:18 PM PDT

    •  Thanks! We got a couple of (0+ / 0-)

      small 6' 3 weight two piece trout bums for some small stream fishing, but I haven't used them for that purpose yet. I was away when hubby took our friend to the local trout stream to try them out.

      I'll check out that link. Appreciate it!


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      by Lisa Lockwood on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 02:39:25 PM PDT

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    •  That's pretty cool. I asked hubby (1+ / 0-)
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      about it, he said he's tried it in the past but found it hard to master. I usually just lift the rod tip upward with my arm less bent than normal and "up cast" rather than back cast. Lift up, then drop forward with a bit of a flick. Saved me a few gray hairs this windy windy trip at the Gorge. But that roll cast looks neat.
      Thanks!


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      by Lisa Lockwood on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 02:46:04 PM PDT

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  •  can't let this diary roll off (2+ / 0-)
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    without a pic of my favorite spot in the gorge. I will reveal the hidden secret location if begged!

    DSCN2376

    i don't fly fish, but i love to hang out here. great diary!

    "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan." final words of R Holbrooke

    by UTvoter on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 04:21:22 PM PDT

    •  Pullleeeeeeeeeeze???? (1+ / 0-)
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      How's that for begging?

      Looked at some of the other pictures linked to that one above. WOW! You've got some really fabulous photos!


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      by Lisa Lockwood on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 05:48:04 PM PDT

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      •  firehole canyon! on the east side (0+ / 0-)

        of the gorge and best accessed from wyoming. great campground, gorgeous setting, and never gets as crowded as the rest of the camping areas! easy to take good photos out here!

        "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan." final words of R Holbrooke

        by UTvoter on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 05:55:20 AM PDT

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  •  Green River, Flaming Geyser (3+ / 0-)
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    Out here in Western Washington we have a Green River also. And on that river is Flaming Geyser State Park...but alas, there are not a lot of trout that wil rise to a fly since it flows to the Pacific. Had me going there for a second!

  •  Thanks! (3+ / 0-)
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    You got me excited to pull out & dust off my fly stuff! I never got good enough to call myself "relatively new" but it is peaceful and fun, and was my dads favorite thing in the whole wide world (I am a sentimental fool). Plus, Silver Creek is down the road :)

  •  Brown trout jump too! (2+ / 0-)
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    Up thread a piece someone commented that catching browns was like catching an old shoe. Not my experience. Nearly all of the browns I catch here in northeastern PA (public water but all wild fish) jump several times when hooked. There are holdover rainbows in the part of the stream I fish from stockings several miles upstream that uncharacteristically do not jump at all. An 18" rainbow I caught a couple weeks ago went to the bottom and stayed; not a jump to be had.

    Someone up thread also mentioned roll casting. For a smaller stream, or even for a larger stream with a lot of pocket water, you need to master the technique. I fish nymphs nearly all the time, even during heavy hatches, and generally outfish everyone else on the stream both in quantity and quality . Roll casting is a necessity for successful nymphing.

    In 50+ years of fly fishing, I've tied all my flies. Never bought any except some salmon flies in Nova Scotia 20 years ago.

    It would be great to have a fly fishing blog here.

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