As I continue my post retirement fun. I went on a fly fishing run to Colorado last month with a couple family members. Lots of snow in the mountains. If we had gone a week earlier we would not have been able to access our forest service cabin.
The main destination was a hike into Black Canyon of the Gunnison, but the timing was messed up due to a late snow fall in Colorado this year. Dash was unable to go because Dogs are not allowed in the Canyon. After visiting the Gunnison river below we fished Taylor for a bit we decided to move the hike to the end of the trip to let the water level come down on the Gunnison. When we first arrived the reports were that the water was up over the camping spots on the river and into the trees. Unfishable. The Taylor was up, off color and difficult to fish.
The streams at the Guard Station near Jackson Reservoir where we stayed were way up and muddy as well.
We hiked up to one high mountain reservoir and found it was a bad choice as it was way down for some reason and had no trout in it. To make matters worse we were unable to find it the first day and had to make a second try to find it. It turned out to be a neat experience anyway. It was full of White Suckers. We figured out how to catch them on fly rods using "San Yuan Worm" flys under a strike indicator. It was a first for me and would have been another check box if I had a fishing species life list. Those suckers fought as hard or better than trout of the same size. Unfortunately I ran my phone battery down before we caught fish because of using the GPS on it to find our lake so I did not get a picture of the suckers. I went minimalist on this trip and did not take a camera.
The second high mountain lake we hiked to in the Uncompadre was closer and much better with Cutthroats and Brooks both in excess of 17 inches caught. We did not see another person the day we spent there.
I told my Nephew Ryan he was trolling for Bears. Not a minute later we came up on a Bear in the trail in front of us. Fortunately it ran away.
Made for some good eating too.