THE ROAD WEST TRAVELED
– LANDON AND WILL HEAD NORTH TO WYOMING FOR A DAY OF FLY FISHING –
On this particular day fellow tribe member Will and I decided to head North to Wyoming to get an afternoon of fly fishing in before the busy week ahead of us. Living in Fort Collins, Colorado the drive to Wyoming is just a short leap for us. We are able to avoid the crowds that head to the high country on weekends from Denver and the greater front range. Before we head out for a fishing trip we like to visit our go-to fly store St. Peters Fly Shop in Fort Collins before we hit the water. It’s our favorite place to trade knowledge and ask about the different ecosystems we encounter from season to season in Wyoming and Colorado. It is super important to replicate the abundance of subsurface and top water hatches we experience in this western region.
We sometimes find clusters of scuds in the neoprene of our waders after we walk out of the lakes towards a new spot. The abundance of food that is present in these lakes makes it difficult to target a seasoned trout because they have either been caught and released before, or the large quantities of food sources in these lakes gives the trout a natural source of subsurface sustenance.
After unforgettable days of fly fishing in your favorite fishing hole, sometimes you feel as if you can’t go back to these same locations and have the same success over and over again. This statement may be true every once and awhile, but sometimes the best thing we can do as fly fishermen is to sacrifice the familiarity of our favorite fishing holes and most knowledgeable flies to find where the fish are and learn what they are feeding on with each changing season.
Wyoming seems to be a hidden gem that not many fishermen in Colorado think to make the trip up North. The amount of rivers, lakes and accessible public lands that are under a three hour drive from Fort Collins continues to amaze me.
Antelope can always be found while driving around on back roads and the herds seem to feel the need to prove how fast they are when we drive by them.
One thing I always stress to my friends that I bring along to Wyoming is that once you set the hook, “let em run.” Most fishermen I bring to these lakes have never encountered an aggressive rainbow trout that will run you to your backing, and sometimes it’s easy to get overexcited and try to power the fish in. This makes for aggressive and exciting strikes on dries and subsurface flies that last for most of the day.
A day full of good music, cheap beer and catching three different species of trout on dries and scuds made for a great of fly fishing and western adventure. Feeling successful after chasing trout and following pronghorn herds around our trip set us up for a good mindset for the busy week ahead of us.