With spring coming (slowly), I’ve begun daydreaming about upcoming fishing trips. Some trips are planned already- two weeks of bonefishing and relaxing in the Bahamas, a weekend road trip for Wyoming trout, and Yellowstone's opener. Others are only starting to materialize. And it’s these trips, the ones to new waters closer to home, that have me most excited.
Every season, in addition to my usual haunts, I try to explore new trout water. I’m hoping that this season will be no different. It could be a new stretch in a familiar drainage or a completely different stream, just so long as it’s fishable! And, while I enjoy fishing the big rivers around here (ie. The Snake, Hoback, Gros Ventre), it’s the small streams that really intrigue me. I’ve already begun studying local maps, noting small blue lines and off the beaten path places that I’ve meaning to get too, but haven’t yet.
Two such places stand out from last season.
On a hot day in early July, when it was clear that our first choice fishery wasn’t in the mood to cooperate, my friend and I decided to jump ship and explore lesser known water. This particular stream, the kind of water that gets passed over when headed to more popular locales, had caught my eye years earlier. It turned out to be a great choice, offering us new country and plenty of small, eager brown and cutthroat trout.
Another was found haphazardly after scouting a prominent river in southern Wyoming. This one was a real gem; a small spring creek rising up from the ground, stuffed with aquatic grasses and some of the most beautiful brown trout I have had the pleasure of catching. Despite thunderstorms reining over us in the little canyon (you shouldn’t fish in thunderstorms), Sage and I moseyed through thigh high, ochre colored grass, casting Blue Wing Olive to hungry trout.
Exploring streams like these make my fishing seasons complete. Most don’t offer the biggest fish in the world (although there are surprises!), but they do give me the sense of adventure and discovery that is increasingly harder to find in the world today. Hope you have a few adventures of your own planned for 2011!