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Fish: Brown Trout

Wish You Were Here

Post By: 1fishwilly      Posted: 12/26/2020 8:09:14 PM     Points: 6    
“Did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees, cold comfort for change?
Did you exchange a walk-on part in the war,
For a lead role in a cage?
How I wish, how I wish you were here…”
Gilmour and Waters.

Prophetic lyrics from a couple of progressive rock songwriters… 1975.

Being responsible during these troubled times does not necessitate isolation. Common sense will guide you to get out and do the activities that you love to do, and still meet all of the requirements that good science dictates. And good science that concerns mental health will say that this is not just a good idea, but that it is essential.

I recently spent a day hiking in a remote canyon in the Uinta Mountains, Utah. This is a place where social distancing can be measured in miles, not feet. As I neared the finish of the 4 mile hike, my lungs were burning and telling me that there was not enough oxygen for them at 8,000 feet elevation. The sun was setting behind the red rock canyon wall, and the temperature was dropping quickly.

I waded out into the cold river, and cast across to a beaver’s home, which marked a place in the river where I knew there were plenty of fish stacked up in the deep hole in front of it. I felt my line go heavy, lifted my rod, and had the thrill of a large fish at the end of my line. A few minutes later I released a beautiful, Green River brown trout, back into the icy water.
I’ve never felt more alive in my life.

Both of these browns were caught with a 3.5 inch, milk white tube jig. A surprisingly effective trout lure in rivers.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 12/26/2020 8:21:51 PM     Points: 336    
That river has lots of exploring to be done, its a special place and retirement will find me exploring lots more of it. Nice first report, Lance.
 Reply by: 1fishwilly      Posted: 12/26/2020 8:27:59 PM     Points: 6    
I'd like to be right there with you Jerry. There is probably 30 miles of river below Brown's Park that I have never fished. Possible catfish and smallmouth in these lower sections as well. Then there is the reservoir... I asked a guide one time where he fished on his days off, and he said he would take his float tube and fish the coves in Flaming George for smallmouths...
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 12/26/2020 9:30:14 PM     Points: 336    
Back in the late Nineties a few of us would take my boat or another couple guys from Green River boats and troll early for big Kokanee, then jig mid-day in the coves for smallies, then drift Linwood Bay or Sheep Creek Canyon for Lakers. The diversity of species and the different stuff needed made for days that passed in seemingly a few hours. Great place to hang out.
 Reply by: buffchip      Posted: 12/27/2020 8:58:56 AM     Points: 2813    
Great read photos and perspective. Thanks. It also reminds me that I have to visit there soon!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 12/27/2020 11:05:01 AM     Points: 235    
Nice pics,fish,and the view of how getting out in nature puts us more in touch with our life on earth!🎣👊✌️
 Reply by: ADub TT      Posted: 12/27/2020 9:07:46 PM     Points: 404    
Good stuff Lance! I have to “live “ that area thru you and Jerry, thanks to you guys I can?! Any videos of your times there? -A
 Reply by: 1fishwilly      Posted: 12/28/2020 8:45:19 PM     Points: 6    
Thanks TT. I haven't ventured into the realm of video yet. But I'm getting close...

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