What do you say about a week long fishing trip in some the most scenic country you've ever stepped foot in? Not much I've decided ha ha, it’s just too hard to describe..... This summer we made a long awaited trip up north finally happen. Five days fishing the most insanely clear water, in a stunning landscape, for Westslope cutties and........Bull trout. Don't get me wrong, fishing for cutties is a blast, but bull trout have completely taken over my mind. Fishing for bull trout was a sight fishers dream come true. Imagine stepping up to a hole and seeing a dozen BIG fish stacked 15 feet down. That just doesn't happen in your day to day fishing exploits.... And to make an insane situation even crazier, imagine your streamer hitting the water across the river and immediately having one of those beasts race from 20 feet away to crush your fly like it was the first meal it had eaten in months. You see everything that happens, it’s insane, and it’s the most visual fly fishing I have ever experienced!
Imagine a place, hidden in the mountains, where a crystal clear stream winds in broad meanders through a willowy alpine valley. Tucked away in the deep holes, brushy cover, and undercut banks of this river are perfect specimens of big, native cutthroat trout. They're also the meanest, baddest, hardest streamer-crushing trout you've ever chased.
The digital thermometer in the work truck reaches 95 degrees. Within a few days its increased to 101. Escaping to the high country, where the water is still cool and the fish still eager is enticing, yet work grounds us to the hot lowlands. The rivers run low and clear, suffering from mid summer agricultural withdrawals, and algae and moss overtake them. Tis the season for nighttime mousing!
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