Golden Trout, Wyoming - 2010
After catching Golden Trout in Alberta the last few years I decided it
would be great to go on an adventure in the Wind River Range of the Bridger
wilderness in Wyoming to catch some a little bigger.
Jeannette had never caught a Golden Trout and would be coming with me.
We headed south from Calgary and after 14 hrs arrived in Cora Wyoming at the
D.C. Bar Ranch where Tim Singewald has been leading pack trips into the Bridger
Wilderness for the last 28 years. Tim had decided this would be his last
year guiding and we were lucky enough to go on 1 of the two trips he would
be hosting this year.
The view from the front room of our Cabin.
The view from our bedroom
Folks in Pinedale seem to dress more primitively than one would expect
for 2010! :)
Actually, it was the tail end of Rendezvous Days in Pinedale.
the Green River Rendezvous was an annual event in the 1830s. Mountain
Men, Trappers, Travelers and Indians all gathered in a valley "below the
Green" river and bartered, traded, sold, and swapped various items such
as skins, pelts, guns, jewelry and whatever else they needed.
Our pack trip wasn't going to start until Monday and we had arrived
a day early. We headed into Pinedale, Wyoming to have
some fun and ended up at a bar aptly named "Cowboy Bar" for a few
Day 1 of our trip into the Wind River Mountains. Jeannette on her
horse Todd and me on my horse Smokey.
Here we go starting our journey into the wilderness. Little did we
know how hard it was going to be riding through forest, up and down
mountains, and through rivers. After 5 days there were several mishaps
including horses falling over and people falling off. Things could
have been worse but fortunately no one was serious injured.
Our group consisted of 11 people and 21 horses and mules.
Eight hours of riding and we finally arrived at our base camp after
travelling through some of the most spectacular scenery I have ever seen.
Our guide Tim.
Every morning after breakfast we would get back on our horses and travel an
hour and a half up to the lake we would be fishing for Golden Trout.
This was our view of the lake on the first day we arrived. It
wouldn't be the first time I arrived at a lake only to find it frozen.
At an elevation close to 11,000 feet it was easy to get winded while
hiking down to the lake. There was too much snow to take the horses all
the way. Fortunately there was open water when we got down there.
After fly fishing for the Golden Trout at this lake for 3 days it was quite
evident that catching them here was as difficult or more than catching the
ones back home in Alberta. However, fortunately everyone managed to
Jeannette and her first ever Golden Trout!
Some more Golden Trout..
Tim with one of the biggest Golden Trout of the trip.
Thanks to Tim, Kyle and Jenny for an awesome trip. The great food and
amazing scenery made the fly fishing almost secondary.
It was an awesome adventure that I hope to never experience again :)