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#11775892 - 08/14/16 01:15 AM Wind River Range Wyoming and Colorado's Taylor River Fishing/Hiking (trout)
chinookhead Offline
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Registered: 10/15/11
Posts: 58
In July, I went backpacking and fishing in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. I started at the Scab Creek Trailhead and I hiked around 15 miles into Bonneville Basin. I had great fishing for Brookies and rainbows in the winds with great scenery. The trout were caught on panther martin spinners, Husky Jerk Rapalas, and "safety clip" spoons.


Unfortunately, I took a fall (hurt my back, but now I'm fine), so I had to cancel my plan of 2 more week long backpacking trips. Therefore, I took the opportunity to drive through Utah's High Uintas that I always wanted to see and then I spent a week in Gunnison Colorado, taking it easy by whitewater kayaking and flyfishing the Taylor River for great Brown and rainbow trout fishing. Poor me smile

This is a video of the whole trip (Backpacking Wyoming and Flyfishing the Taylor River). For those who just want to see the fishing, it's 6.11-9.58 in Bonneville Basin and 16.18-18.20 for flyfishing the Taylor River.
Youtube Video of the Whole Trip

Here is one of the Tobacco Lakes around 4 miles in from the Scab Creek Trailhead:

This is a cool shot of a cabin that I found when I was hiking an off-trail shortcut. It was an awesome surprise to find this cabin and another one. Obviously, someone picked a perfect spot with a spectacular view.

The first two days were decent weather, but the 3rd night it dropped into the low 20's and it did not get above freezing until late on day 4. The following are pictures I took from my base camp for 3-4 nights in Bonneville Basin:




This is a picture I took in Utah's High Uintas as a drove from Wyoming to Gunnison Colorado:




Edited by chinookhead (08/14/16 07:33 AM)

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#11776522 - 08/14/16 02:30 PM Re: Wind River Range Wyoming and Colorado's Taylor River Fishing/Hiking (trout) [Re: chinookhead]
chinookhead Offline
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Registered: 10/15/11
Posts: 58
Here is a short video clip of where I flip on my kayak on the Taylor River. It's also in the above video, but here, you can hear the audio without the music.
Youtube Video Kayak Taylor River

I found it ironic that I flipped when I was on a guided tour in order to "play it safe" this year. It's ironic since I ran a much larger stretch of the river (including this one), 4 years ago without a guide and I did not flip. 4 year ago, I choose to forgo the 70 dollar guided tour in order to save money. Instead, I rented a 20 dollar leaking kayak from a gas station and a guy drew me a "map" on a piece of paper, He told me: "you'll have no problem finding the take-out". However, I missed the take-out and I ended up paddling through miles of private river (accidentally) until I reached a point where the forest service put up a sign saying: "Do not paddle beyond this point. Dangerous water and low bridge" and the land owner put up signs on both sides of the river saying: "No portaging. Private Property.....violators will be prosecuted". Initially, I was going to try it......but last minute I saw the waterfall, which was immediately followed by a low bridge. Therefore, I got out at the last minute and I ran for the road. The land owner say me and he had his dogs chase me as I dragged a 55 pound kayak, gear, and a pump the gas station owner gave me b/c he knew the kayak had a little leak. A guy passing by saw me being chased by the dogs and he says: "Hey kid......jump in" and I jump in the bed of his pick-up truck with the kayak. He said: "Normally, I'm the one who calls the cops on people like you. My job is to watch the properties of a number of absentee land owners in the area for the hunters and fisherman who sometimes trespass.......but I just felt so bad for you....seeing you drag all of that stuff while being chased by dogs". It's one of those moments that are not fun in the moment, but you laugh about it years later when you think about it !


Edited by chinookhead (08/14/16 02:31 PM)

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#11776546 - 08/14/16 02:43 PM Re: Wind River Range Wyoming and Colorado's Taylor River Fishing/Hiking (trout) [Re: chinookhead]
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Registered: 07/12/10
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coolphotosAwesome Post. Thanks for sharing. cheers
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#11777443 - 08/14/16 11:30 PM Re: Wind River Range Wyoming and Colorado's Taylor River Fishing/Hiking (trout) [Re: chinookhead]
toddfish Offline
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Registered: 02/13/10
Posts: 643
Loc: East Montgomery County
Beautiful country! thumb

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#11777551 - 08/15/16 06:44 AM Re: Wind River Range Wyoming and Colorado's Taylor River Fishing/Hiking (trout) [Re: banker-always fishing]
Laker One Offline
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Registered: 07/03/11
Posts: 8900
Loc: San Antonio TX
Originally Posted By: banker-always fishing
coolphotosAwesome Post. Thanks for sharing. cheers







Plus #1. I second that! woot

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#11779666 - 08/16/16 09:40 AM Re: Wind River Range Wyoming and Colorado's Taylor River Fishing/Hiking (trout) [Re: chinookhead]
butch sanders Online   content
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Registered: 03/17/05
Posts: 22375
Loc: Arlington, Texas
awesome
we were there last year
do you worry about bears?

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#11781090 - 08/16/16 08:58 PM Re: Wind River Range Wyoming and Colorado's Taylor River Fishing/Hiking (trout) [Re: butch sanders]
chinookhead Offline
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Registered: 10/15/11
Posts: 58
Originally Posted By: butch sanders
awesome
we were there last year
do you worry about bears?

It depends on what you mean by "worry". I try to keep as clean a camp as I can in order to try to avoid attracting bears and storing my food safely (hanging off a tree or rock or Ursack etc.). However, it becomes an issue when you stay in an area for a while when you fish, since the odor just tends to get on things. When I stayed in Desolation Valley in the Winds last year for 3-4 nights I attracted a bear that I found out circled my tent at night and it tried to claw through my Ursack (a Dyneema bear resistant bag). That morning I obviously left. You can see me talk about this encounter, show the bear tracks, and the slight damage it did to my food bag at minutes 9.28-10:30 in this video:
Video With Bear Damage Evidence
My worst bear encounter ever was in Michigan's Upper Peninsula when a black bear chased me into the Ontonogan river. It chased me while I was fishing and I had a stringer with brook trout attached to me (8 years ago). I assume that the smell of the trout attracted the bear. However, I think that if you don't do stupid things.....bears usually should not be something that inhibits a person from going or having fun etc.


Edited by chinookhead (08/16/16 10:32 PM)

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#11781176 - 08/16/16 09:37 PM Re: Wind River Range Wyoming and Colorado's Taylor River Fishing/Hiking (trout) [Re: chinookhead]
9094 Offline
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Registered: 08/11/09
Posts: 5811
Loc: Albany
We just got back from Lake City.
I fished the Taylor one day in the tail race for the chance at a slob.
Hooked a couple but couldn't get them in.
Fished lake fork of the gunnison three days, best fly fishing of my life.
Went to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, wow what a place. We have been going up there for 20 years and had never seen the Black Canyon.

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#11819754 - 09/09/16 10:09 AM Re: Wind River Range Wyoming and Colorado's Taylor River Fishing/Hiking (trout) [Re: chinookhead]
Gitter Done Offline
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Registered: 02/06/07
Posts: 8392
Loc: San Antonio Tx.
Very nice post. Thanks for sharing.

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#11819996 - 09/09/16 12:17 PM Re: Wind River Range Wyoming and Colorado's Taylor River Fishing/Hiking (trout) [Re: chinookhead]
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Registered: 03/17/05
Posts: 22375
Loc: Arlington, Texas
Originally Posted By: chinookhead
Originally Posted By: butch sanders
awesome
we were there last year
do you worry about bears?

It depends on what you mean by "worry". I try to keep as clean a camp as I can in order to try to avoid attracting bears and storing my food safely (hanging off a tree or rock or Ursack etc.). However, it becomes an issue when you stay in an area for a while when you fish, since the odor just tends to get on things. When I stayed in Desolation Valley in the Winds last year for 3-4 nights I attracted a bear that I found out circled my tent at night and it tried to claw through my Ursack (a Dyneema bear resistant bag). That morning I obviously left. You can see me talk about this encounter, show the bear tracks, and the slight damage it did to my food bag at minutes 9.28-10:30 in this video:
Video With Bear Damage Evidence
My worst bear encounter ever was in Michigan's Upper Peninsula when a black bear chased me into the Ontonogan river. It chased me while I was fishing and I had a stringer with brook trout attached to me (8 years ago). I assume that the smell of the trout attracted the bear. However, I think that if you don't do stupid things.....bears usually should not be something that inhibits a person from going or having fun etc.


thanks

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#11821203 - 09/10/16 10:56 AM Re: Wind River Range Wyoming and Colorado's Taylor River Fishing/Hiking (trout) [Re: chinookhead]
krawlin 47 Offline
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Registered: 02/24/08
Posts: 15281
Loc: Sachse Texas
WOW - that was amazing! Loved the kayak video...I wanna do that!
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#11831917 - 09/16/16 09:25 AM Re: Wind River Range Wyoming and Colorado's Taylor River Fishing/Hiking (trout) [Re: chinookhead]
jsinn01 Offline
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Registered: 12/28/06
Posts: 1166
Loc: Austin, TX
That is some unbelievable scenery! Thanks for sharing.

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