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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

In Search of Greenbacks

On Monday morning neither of us had to work so we headed up to Zimmerman Lake, which is about 1.5 hours from home. Ben is a fish lover at heart. He has his list of fish that he is wanting to catch, and so yesterday we went off trying to catch the Greenback Cutthroat Trout.

Us in front of Zimmerman Lake

Ben has educated me on this particular fish, apparently the Greenback is the Colorado State Fish, and it is also listed as threatened under the endangered species act- at one point Greenbacks were declared to be extinct. So of course, because of its rarity and closeness to where we are living, Ben decided he needed to catch one of these beauties.

On the hike up to Zimmerman

After arriving at the Zimmerman Lake trailhead it was about a mile hike in to the lake. Once we arrived at the lake we immediately saw quite a few of these fish swimming around in a stream that was right below the lake outlet. The fish in the stream spooked really easily though, so although I did get one to bite, it immediately swam into some roots and got my line all tangled up and escaped. Ben also had some close calls as well, but no fish out of water.

Ben sneaking up on the easily spooked fish

So we headed up to the lake and after not having any luck where we were, we hiked around the lake and cast every so often to try our luck. No luck. We weren't even getting any bites.

But then- after trying some different flies and lures we found something that did work. On Ben's first cast out with a panther martin he caught a beautiful Greenback that was a nice size.

Ben's first catch!

So of course I had to change to a panther martin as well. And after my first cast got snagged on something I put on a new panther martin, cast out, and caught one!

Reeling mine in!

This was the most beautiful Greenback! Ben was a little sad at how his wasn't as pretty, but several minutes later he actually caught the same fish as me- lol- so now we both caught the most beautiful one!

What a beauty!
Ben proceeded to catch this same fish just minutes later.

There was no eating of these fish (they are threatened after all), so we threw them straight back, but they sure were beautiful! What a great day!

Ben's #1 fish he wants to catch is a Golden Trout- he says they are more beautiful than the Greenbacks- now I want to catch one too!

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  1. I have heard of the "wet happened" wet bags, but I don't think I know anyone who uses them. That is really awesome that you spent less than $200 on your cloth diapers. We got some reusable wipes with the package of diapers we bought, but we haven't used them. I use regular wipes and just flush them. It has worked really well for us. We get our wipes at Sams Club and the box lasts us forever! I'm pretty sure we bought the box back in April and we still have at least a month's worth left. I am not opposed to reusable wipes, but I like the conveniences of regular wipes since you can also use them to clean baby's face and hands when out and about. But maybe you could do that with reusable wipes. I don't know! I guess I don't see why you couldn't. Anyway, hope that helps. Let me know how you like your diapers and wipes! What cloth did you use for your inserts?
    Are you going to be in town for grandpa's party? I'll see you then if you are. I'll have to get you a present for your cute little belly!

  2. Those are indeed quite some fish. I enjoy the picture of you sneaking up on the fish.

  3. glad you guys were able to find what you were looking for! We like Zimmerman lake- quite fun! Did you see any moose? We skirted around some when we went up. :)