Winter Has Arrived

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Something's Fishy

Winter Has Arrived

A couple of weeks back, I was able to run up north for a quick night with my good friend Alex.  I was able to marry Alex to his bride, Christy, in early October and I was excited about our first chance to get away, catch up, and catch fish!  There was an ulterior motive in this trip…when I had last been in this country, it had been 5 weeks earlier and I was blessed to be able to harvest a great bull elk.  We didn’t have an adequate rangefinder when I took the shot, so this was a chance to return with one and get an accurate range of my shot (which, btw, was 492yds).

My 2013 Arizona Bull

My 2013 Arizona Bull

The farthest hill is where my bull was.  Amazing how much of the cover is gone after 5 weeks!

The farthest hill is where my bull was. Amazing how much of the cover is gone after 5 weeks!

 

It was pretty cool camping about 300yds from where I had taken the shot 5 weeks before….in fact, we grilled elk steaks over the fire almost within sight of where he had fallen.  Is that weird?

Home, Sweet Home for the night!

Home, Sweet Home for the night!

Elk Steaks!

Elk Steaks!

Mmmmmmm....

Mmmmmmm….

We were able to check out the stream for a bit before dark and were excited to locate some healthy looking brown trout.  I also saw a HUGE fish leave the water completely, sounding like a bowling ball when it splashed back into the pool.  Needless to say, we were pumped to be geared up and on the stream early the next morning.

The sun came early and we packed up camp and got on the water by 7:00a.  I’ll be honest….I wasn’t expecting it to be as cold as it was.  I left a lot of gear at home thinking we’d have more moderate temps, but it was cold.  The kind of cold that makes your hands hurt.  Our rod guides immediately iced up, as did our wading boots.

Iced Guides

Iced Guides

Luckily, it didn’t take long for the sun to break over the hill and the valley began to warm and we began to think clearly about strategy.  The fish weren’t incredibly active, but we had a great time exploring upstream and brought a few fish to hand as well!

AZ Brown Trout

AZ Brown Trout

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A different kind of Fall colors...

A different kind of Fall colors…

Net Shot

Net Shot

Alex's Fish!

Alex’s Fish!

His cast was perfect and this fish couldn't resist the hopper!

His cast was perfect and this fish couldn’t resist the hopper!

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The water was crystal clear, which was perfect for this release video…

We definitely saw some trophies, but these fish see flies often and are very wary, so these big fish were just too smart to fall for our tricks.

I don’t know how many more trips will happen before the holidays, so I treasured the opportunity to be out in creation, so some beautiful fish, and hang out with good company!

Enjoy!

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