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April 21, 2016Back to the Trout

Great to see (and feel) the warmer temperatures the past few days! Lulu and I are over at the Teton Fly Fishing cabin getting it ready for the upcoming season. LOTS of cleaning and random maintenance stuff on the agenda as well as finishing a few painting commissions. Lu gave me the look (and bark) around 10:30 this morning, and while I had other things to do, I couldn't resist the urge to go wet a line. We quickly hopped in the truck and drove to a nearby small stream that's known to hold a few trout.

I rigged up my 8.5' Winston with a small parachute adams and Lulu and I headed to the water. I immediately saw a nice fish holding in the gin clear water. Unfortunately Lulu's excited state sent the fish running for cover. We're still working on our training and despite being a great dog, Lulu's fishing skills leave a little to be desired. At 11 months, there's still no differentiating a trout from a bird; it seems both need retrieving..... Soo we moved upstream to the next hole and I manage to miss a nice strike. Another run up, I hooked a nice cutthroat. Lulu lost her cool and tried with all her might to get to the fish. In the battle with her, I lost it. Oh well, we're training right?

So that's how the next few hours went, a few fish were landed, numerous fish were spooked and one nice brown trout was retrieved and dropped in my net (and swam away)by an overexcited labrador. I can't say that the time on the water was super relaxing due to my 4 legged companion. However it was nice to fish dry flies in a t- shirt and watching lulu leap and bound over the Wyoming countryside brought a smile to my face; even if she did spook dozens of fish!

A nice spunky rainbow put a bend in the rod!

wyoming small stream fly fishing rainbow in hand

Lulu on point looking for a released trout. I swear she can smell them; that's gotta be why she swims around in all the fishy holes when off leash right? Ah, the training continues...

Lulu, the Teton Fly Fishing labrador on point

I love small stream fishing. It reminds me of my early days fly fishing in PA. Although I don't think I'm as good at it as I used to be... Too many days on big open rivers. Definately fun though today. Some holding water I walked by, just observing the fish rather than trying to put a cast under all those willows

Fishy pocket on a wyoming small stream

A good size brown for this small stream. I saw ( and spooked) some other nice fish, but a lot of the bigger ones were stationed up in root balls.

Spring brown trout in Wyoming; Teton Fly Fishing small streams

This time of year the water is LOW making it extra challenging. It's amazing how fish can sense you and spook from so far away. I only had one cast per run and if I messed up the fish would let me know by shooting by.

Slow pool with wyoming trout







 

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