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Monday, July 14, 2008

The Shelf Lakes in the Snowy Range

This past weekend we headed up to the Snowy Range in Wyoming to look for some Golden Trout. When we got to the trail head, the parking area was closed because of snow... lucky for us though, the snow wasn't bad, and it kept people away! We parked at another trail head just up the road and hiked in to the shelf lakes about 2.5 miles.
It was really pretty, and Ben said it was his favorite backpacking trip so far this year. We didn't have any luck getting a Golden, but Ben picked up some nice Cutthroats which we ate one of and brought the rest home to smoke. It was a really fun weekend.
If any of you are interested in the fishing, I had success for cutthroats on top with a renegade fly behind a bubble. Fishing was best about dusk. I'd suggest trying something like a scud or some type of nymph imitation down deeper if you're going for a golden since we didn't see any on top. If you've been there, please add a comment on your experience & the fishing!
We stopped here for lunch just past the parking area and tried out Bens new backpacking stove and pots-- They work great!

The CHEESIEST Mac N' Cheese

This is a cute little Brookie I caught. He became part of our dinner since I had never caught a fish while backpacking and eaten it.

The rest of dinner

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  1. I so want to be living your life right now!

  2. Wow! It looks like you guys have a lot of fun and are always hiking or camping! What a fun life!

  3. I did a bit more looking for the Snowies, and apparently there were some goldens stocked a few years back in West Glacier Lake. If anyone by chance wanders up that way, let me know what you find!

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    1. Ways your email address and I will email you directly. Still working on a contact us page.