Jul 19, 2008 at 3:48 pm #1230240
@markdaskLocale: South Jersey
I'm daydreaming of making a trip to the Wind Rivers around Labor Day. I made a few backpacking trips there in the 70's and enjoyed the trout fishing along with the spectacular scenery. I used to get a nonresident 5-day license for $5. However I just visited the WY G&F website and they only list nonresident 1-day licenses ($14) and annual licenses ($92). Is it true they no longer sell 5 or 10 day licenses? I wouldn't mind paying $30-40 for a short term license, but a C-note? Maybe I'll just enjoy the scenery.Jul 21, 2008 at 8:22 pm #1443867
Let us know what you find out if you research further. I was going to go to the Winds in 09, and would love to fish. But $100 is too much! Especially given the location I went to in the High Sierra's last month.
Having fished several times in Montana "hot spots", I would say that while most of the Sierra's trout are not nearly as large, they can be just as fun to catch…and knowing that the blood lines on some trout in that region are very pure. You just have to be willing to walk a little farther.
Either way, the Winds seems like a great place to hike. Enjoy!Aug 8, 2008 at 9:12 pm #1446350
Some friends and I just got back from a 6 day trek into the Winds on the Indian side. The week pass is $85 now but the fishing was great. The whole crew caught a ton of fish … most cuts and bows in the 18 to 20 inch range. We did land a few bigger but not many. Another group we meet on their way out had a run in with a black bear messing up their camp and tearing into one guys pack. Best if you visit to keep your spray close and your food hung.
Aug 9, 2008 at 8:45 am #1446387
NICE!!!! Thanks for sharing. Definitely going in 09! Any recommendations for location, flies, anything…please pass along.Aug 9, 2008 at 8:53 am #1446390
@mad777Locale: South Florida
Is that a Cabelas 7 piece travel rod by chance? I'm thinking of acquiring one of these. Your thoughts would be appreciated.
Great photos of your trip!Aug 9, 2008 at 9:49 am #1446399
Dang…..nice fish. Looks like a great fishing destination. Thanks for sharing!!Aug 9, 2008 at 5:01 pm #1446445
You are right … the pole and reel are both from Cabalas but not the 7 piece travel rod … just a 4 piece 5 weight cheep one. We have been back in to various spots in the Winds for the last 4 years. Some years are better than others but almost always a Parachute Adams works. Some years they hit bigger ones others small as you can tie on. This year hoppers, Caddis and blue winged olives were hot. You can also nymph and do well.Aug 27, 2008 at 12:50 pm #1448811
@mowLocale: Minnesota, USA
Funny. I leave tomorrow for a five night six day jaunt through the Winds. Searching for Goldens….
I've done a lot of research and the best book out there is Fly Fishing the Rocky Mountain Backcountry by Rich Ostoff. If you'd like a more detailed report after I get back PM me and we can converse via email.Sep 11, 2008 at 9:30 am #1450864
@mowLocale: Minnesota, USA
Well, I hiked to Lake Victor caught some nice cutts and then the weather changed from summer to winter. We waited a day, the weather got worse so we hiked out. My hiking partner and I never made it to our final destination.
Next summer, I guess?Sep 11, 2008 at 9:41 am #1450865
@servingkoLocale: Intermountain West
I spent a week over Labor Day as well and have spent some 11 months total time there over the past 35 years. I have not ever "officially" fished there. I have moved some trapped fish due to low water levels from shallow pools in streams to open water from time to time. Most of my time is spent off trail and this past trip was no different, although the winter-like weather made it a bit more exciting. We got pinned down at a little over 12,000 ft for a couple of days waiting for the snow to subside, but as always enjoyed the trip.Sep 11, 2008 at 3:27 pm #1450914
Sounds like great adventures. I will get the books and pick a route…and then plan to avoid September! While I like challenges, weather that ends the trip would not be ideal after spending hundreds of dollars to fly there.
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