It pays to have friends in nice places. This past weekend, Jamie, Sage and I headed south to visit our good friends Brandon and Rachelle in Clark, CO. Naturally, fishing was on the agenda, but the real reason for the journey was to catch up with old friends and meet the newest member of their family, Wyatt, a strong 11 month old.
The Martins reside in Clark, CO, a beautiful area just north of Steamboat Springs. Brandon recently joined Vista Verde Ranch, tasked with running their fishing program and guiding guests on the many great trout waters around Clark. Fishing conditions were far from ideal during our visit, but Brandon had a few tricks up his sleeve and introduced me to some cool fish; including browns, rainbows, vibrant Colorado cutthroat trout and Grayling. Fighting through an ugly hangover courtisey of locally made bourbon, we got hiking, eventually finding a big, nasty riffle that held several archetypal Brown trout. The following day we tested out the ranches new float tubes, fishing a nearby lake and meeting up with the ladies for a picnic lunch. I had the pleasure of catching Colorado cutthroat and grayling, two species I seldom get to pursue. In addition to Brandon and I hooking some fish, both wives also hooked a few fish, making it a memorable Memorial Day!
Below you’ll find a few pictures from our lake outing. Many thanks to Brandon, Rachelle and Wyatt for a great time! If anyone out there is looking to spend some time at a cool dude ranch with great fishing, look up Brandon at Vista Verde!
Me and a cutthroat..
Brandon showing a grayling's dorsal fin
Brandon put his lovely lady, Rachelle on her first fish with a fly rod...
King of CO, Brandon shows off a Grayling
upclose and personal; these pictures don't capture the subdle iridescent colors..