“While planning our fishing trips to Wyoming we always hope for the best but prepare for the worst. The Southern front range of the Wyoming Rockies are notorious for harsh weather and high winds. These variable weather conditions make for an incredibly challenging environment to fish in.”
Author » Brian Waugh
While planning our fishing trips to Wyoming we always hope for the best but prepare for the worst. The Southern front range of the Wyoming Rockies are notorious for harsh weather and high winds. These variable weather conditions make for an incredibly challenging environment to fish in. As we crossed the WYO/COLO border we noticed the weather that was setting in for the morning. It was foggy, humid and windy as we arrived to our fishing spot. We rigged up and went straight for the banks of a small lake hoping to surprise some trout feeding in the early morning.
We started fishing and while I was having no success, my fishing partner Landon had gotten hooked up a few times across the water. I circumnavigated this lake hoping to find the right hole that was holding the fish. With a rocky start to my morning, I met up with Landon only to find out he had gotten into some nice brook trout and rainbows on a similar fishing setup to mine. Feeling discouraged, I asked Landon if we could move on out to the next spot we had planned. We jumped in the truck, threw our rods in the vault and were off the new waters.
Upon arrival to the next spot, we drove up and could see trout feeding in the shallows. We spilt up and started targeting the activity in the water. Over the next hour we fished, cracked open a beer and joked about my lack of success this morning. Landon had already gotten a good start to his morning with some nice fish, but we weren’t seeing the trout we were expecting to find in these spots. After some hard fishing and switching my setup, I finally landed a dinky brook trout on a streamer. I was just excited to have landed a fish for the day and be able to say, “Welp, at least I didn’t get skunked!”. At this point my I was ready to move spots again; feeling defeated in my fly fishing efforts I wasn’t sure if it was my presentation, location or double-dropper setup that just wasn’t doing it for the fish. These hard days fishing can really make you re-evaluate your practice as an angler. With my head down, we moved on and hit the dirt road to find a more productive spot.
We moved to a small lake I had fished a handful of times before: we sat in the car and talked for a while before venturing out to the waters. I was beaten, unsatisfied and hopeless with my day fishing so far. I joked about my frustration and jumped out the car with a “here goes nothing” attitude. I grabbed the same double-dropper setup that I had rigged from the past lake and threw it out there with little expectation – and there it was.
This was by far one of the prettiest browns I had ever laid eyes on, and I was fortunate enough to experience a personal interaction with it. We proceeded to snap a few photos and successfully released this healthy fish.
My day had changed from foggy and wet to warm and sunny, its fair to say my mood changed with it. These interactions are what make fly fishing special to me, sometimes it can only take one fish to turn your day around. My day had gone about as low as it gets while fishing to a pinnacle after an encounter with such a special brown trout.