Taking advantage of a break in the weather, Lulu and I jumped in the truck and headed to the Teton Fly Fishing cabin. The plan was to stack firewood and fish. My friend Nick came over and despite a night of good food and beverages, we rallied, getting up early, attaching the drift boat and hit the road. We arrived at the river shortly before 9 and found the boat ramp empty.
The first few hours of the float were lacking fish; nothing feeding on top, chasing streamers or eating our nymphs. The forecast called for sun and temps in the 50s, but we were in down jackets getting blown up river. After fishing a few riffles that usually produce, I suggested we drop anchor and eat lunch, hoping that by killing time the bugs would hatch. As luck would have it, the sun came out and it did warm up considerably! Nick started the post-lunch fishing with two small beachhead nymphs and immediately hook a decent rainbow and then a BIG brown trout!
Nick shows off a beautiful fall brown trout!
Now we were feeling good! He caught another big rainbow and then handed the rod to me. I got a few more nice rainbows and this is how the rest of our day went; fishing riffles with both nymphs and small BWO dry flies. In the end, it turned out to be a fantastic day with some beautiful fish being brought to the boat. After the long drive home (we snuck in just ahead of a fast moving snow storm) we celebrated with beer, whiskey and steaks on the grill. Lulu got a few extra treats herself for being a great companion.
Netting a nice rainbow while Lulu tries to contain herself
I don't know if they come any prettier... a nice big male!
Nick is all smiles in the Wyoming late-day sunshine. Lulu's impressed