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BilletHead's ride again. 2018 trip, new fish,new places!

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    Monday 7-30 part 2 the Colorado River Cutt with bonus Brookies,

        Up early and headed to the Western divide and another fish. We have caught the Colorado Cutt in our Cuttslam in Wyoming and Utah but wanted one from this state so here we go.  Up the Eastern slope we went towards the top. Here we are looking back to the sunrise and where we had came from,

thumbnail_0730180603 (2).jpg   We continued our way up and started seeing elk, the bulls up high and cows and calves down lower,

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DSC_0005 - Copy.JPG   When we hit alpine altitude the big mule deer started showing up,

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   That second mule deer pair I really liked as they were gazing at the same sunrise we had. I may need to print and frame that one. Still on the Eastern Divide close to the summit and continental divide we came upon the headwaters of another stream Randy said we should check out. The frost was heavy on the grass and the truck thermometer registered in the low thirties. We also had a thermometer that registers  and records highs and lows and this was the coldest morning we had and it said twenty-eight. So we donned waders and wader boots. This would be the only time in waders on the whole trip as we like to wet wade. This is why the waders went on,

DSCF1175 (2).JPG   Icy, frosty feet! We loved it as we love each other toe to toe. The grass was heavy with the frost and it covered the little stream as it bent over. We found very little fishable just finding a spot of water here and there. We knew there were fish under that grass hiding. We will go back for a long walk again someday exploring this stretch of water God willing,

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        The way to fish this place,

DSCF1179 (2).JPG   We each caught a bookie up here. Poor pictures I know so blame it on the one behind the camera,

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      We walked back to the truck and peeled off the frosty waders. Loaded up and slipped over the top to the Western slope. Another drainage that ends up going towards the pacific. More headwaters. We arrived to the point to fish another suggestion from our friend Randy. We found a wider stream but thin water,

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     We worked up the stream some and found two brookies for our efforts. No other fisherman we could see but we could of been following others working over the fish. Who knows but no excuses we just did not catch. After that we looked for a place to camp and fish more. Found that place and set up and went back to fishing. Better luck this time after getting away from campground. Children were enjoying the cool water wading, splashing and throwing rocks. Doing what kids do having fun. This part of the stream was the flat thin water plus deeper holes with wood giving fish places to hide from predators and fishermen and fisherwomen like ourselves. Many places you had to do your best to sneak and not spook the fish in the clear water. Other places you could see the fish but no way to get a fly to them, at least we couldn't. We caught, oh how we caught. Beautiful fish but one in particular was not landed. One of two fish on this trip I wanted to land. It was in a deep back eddy. Deep enough you could not see the bottom Came up and slurped the hopper. I set the hook and it instantly went back to the wood. I got him cleared and then it was into the moss with a roll and then it unbuttoned itself. We both seen it. For this sized stream maybe a 14 to 16 inch fish. So here is the typical sized we caught Colorado and brookie from this stream,

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    Back to the truck camper, a good meal and nights rest and another early morning rise for what's next,

 BilletHead

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Beautiful fish. 

I might know where you can get a personal photographer to tag along and document your experience. And he's not afraid to get up at 4am to go fishing. He will probably be up taking a leak at that time anyway. 

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8 minutes ago, Flysmallie said:

Beautiful fish. 

I might know where you can get a personal photographer to tag along and document your experience. And he's not afraid to get up at 4am to go fishing. He will probably be up taking a leak at that time anyway. 

         Would you promise not to pass gas like Wrench? I am not sure I could survive a trip with you two :) .

  BilletHead

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Those are some really pretty fish Marty.  Great trip and reports.  Thanks so much for sharing.  We are heading west ourselves in the AM.  Looking forward to some thinner drier air and seeing for miles and miles.

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20 minutes ago, BilletHead said:

         Would you promise not to pass gas like Wrench? I am not sure I could survive a trip with you two :) .

  BilletHead

The entertainment value would be out of this world with the two of us along but I'm pretty sure that about 3 days into the trip you would send us both into a gas station for whatever and when we came back out you and Pat would be long gone. 

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41 minutes ago, Terrierman said:

Those are some really pretty fish Marty.  Great trip and reports.  Thanks so much for sharing.  We are heading west ourselves in the AM.  Looking forward to some thinner drier air and seeing for miles and miles.

           Have a great trip Rick and safe travels. 

26 minutes ago, Flysmallie said:

The entertainment value would be out of this world with the two of us along but I'm pretty sure that about 3 days into the trip you would send us both into a gas station for whatever and when we came back out you and Pat would be long gone. 

          hahahhha  

  BilletHead

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Great trip report Marty! love the elk and deer as much as the fish photos! Miss not being able to get back out west to see those sites and get into animals that we don't see out this way.

Would love to see a couple of OAFers hitching their way back to Missouri after being left at a gas station in Oregon next summer as you guys are going for the coastal cutthroat!

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24 minutes ago, Johnsfolly said:

Great trip report Marty! love the elk and deer as much as the fish photos! Miss not being able to get back out west to see those sites and get into animals that we don't see out this way.

Would love to see a couple of OAFers hitching their way back to Missouri after being left at a gas station in Oregon next summer as you guys are going for the coastal cutthroat!

           That would be one long walk. Get them into shape though. Oh I meant to say better shape than they are now. :)

 BilletHead

 I am sure they could walk circles around the BilletHeads 

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