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Re: Trip out west

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In an effort to help narrow it down a little to make better choices (from literally dozens and dozens of areas)

1. Time- sounds like you have 4-6 days total and
maybe 3 and half days for strictly fishing?

2. Money- 3 days of guided trips is gonna cost $900-$1500 plus air fare , lodging and food and booze and rental car.

2. What experience do you want?
Pure wilderness type experience - your gonna have to hike some and have some level of physical fitness. Or drift some areas lesser known. Drift boats are great, don't get beat up like wading all day, which is nice but it can still be tiring. And like you mentioned its nice to have lunch and pull over and take in some scenery. Is catching lots of fish the goal or is it to catch big fish or native fish?? Also , make sure you connect with your guide before you go and explain what it is you want to experience.

For example; the first time I floated w a guide (or had guide that wasn't a friend) for the first time on the upper Delaware. He didn't really talk- he was totally focused and watching for fish. I mean he got me into fish, but if I missed a hook set he became almost upset at me. I can roll with almost any situation but I would probably enjoyed a guide who was proficient but at the same time a little laid back. I freaking casted for 8 straight hours and was so exhausted after- although I did land the biggest brown of my life. But still was a great experience. Do you want to be instructed, entertained or be all business?? Helps to flush these expectations out before stepping in their boat. Also- check with them about using their food and drinks- beer ok??, equipment and flies- is that included in the price??

If you just want to float and catch a lot of fish and the wilderness experience isn't that big a deal since your already out west, tailwaters are a good choice. ie Bighorn river

Snake river scenery is awesome!! Yellowstone is great too but crowded. Can't go wrong with those.

I now am at the point where I don't need a guide and have ideas on where I want to go I cut through the bull and just call the areas fish biologist and they can give you the straight dope. I have been out west 6-7 times and fish most of the famous water in MT. My best days fishing out there came on lesser known streams- in terms of scenery, solitude, and numbers of fish caught. For several weeks in MT, I never changed my rig from a big stimi on 3 or 4x. Not complicated.

Have a great time.

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My advice to you if you only have three days to fish, is to keep your time in the car to a minimum and your time on the water to a maximum. I have been out to the Yellowstone park area several times mostly for a week to nine days and it seems like it just wasn't enough. All of the above suggestions will serve you well. I also recommend fishing Slough Creek. I want to warn you before you drive up there that the hike going in is not for anyone with any heart or breathing issues. You can take it slow but you should know what you are getting in to. Once you get to the meadows it is all flat. My favorite place was the Madison outside the park. The time of August you are planning to visit will give you a lot of options. If you are staying in West Yellowstone, drop in Blue Ribbon Flies. Those guys will steer you right and they have a great selection of fly tying materials. Have a great trip. Please post your results.

Posted on: 3/16 11:03


Re: Trip out west

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Have you ever hiked at high altitude? If not, assuming you are in very good physical condition, you will need a day or three to get acclimated. Yellowstone is already more than mile high - being at 7-8000 feet before you leave the road to hike uphill is meaningful to your body.

In that area, you do not need to go far from the road to catch lots of trouts, especially at dawn and dusk.

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Re: Trip out west

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I have been at high altitudes before, but my buddy has not. We are both in good shape, but will not be hiking in this time. We are going to do 3 days of drift boat fishing. We will be there a total of 4 days,and 3 of them will be spent fishing. The last day we will sleep in and wish we were not leaving, where ever we decide to go... still undecided. Although were getting close, and have it down to a few choices. I will keep you guys posted, and thanks for all the stories as well as suggestions. It has been a extreme help, to say the least. We are leaning to the south fork of the snake, and a few more.
Regards,
Don

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Re: Trip out west

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Funny you should mention it...I'm thinking about fishing the Provo River this weekend...no Green Drakes just yet, but still could be awesome.

From what I have experienced, Utah is a highly underrated fly fishing destination. I have fished it A LOT in the past year and can say that without a doubt, it's got to be one of the best values for a non-resident you can find given the amount of fishabel water and the quality of the experience.

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Re: Trip out west

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I would also consider the Green River out of Utah. You can do three day float trip and then wade fish a few days. Great fishing, beautiful scenery, you don't need to be an expert to catch fish, and weather in that area at the time of year should be great.

Posted on: 4/4 13:40


Re: Trip out west

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Funny you should mention it...I'm thinking about fishing the Provo River this weekend...no Green Drakes just yet, but still could be awesome.


Good luck and please let me know how you do. This will be my first summer of fishing it. I run through the Provo Canyon once a week, and did quite a bit of watching last summer. DEFINITELY one of those sleeper streams. I was surprised at the lack of pressure during the week.

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Re: Trip out west

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Six-Gun;
I fished the Provo Monday & Tuesday. A lot of BWO's popping on the Lower River, Middle was nymphing good with Egans Olive Iron Lotus & sow bugs. Four Seasons posted some G Drakes coming off on the Middle but I didn't see any.

Posted on: 4/4 16:43


Re: Trip out west

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Festus/harry: thank you for the info, though I may have to divert this trip due to time/species considerations and hit it up when my buddy from Nebraska comes out here in May. I might be doing the Fremont river and Carcass Creek instead. Carcass will give me the chance to finally hook a western brook trout (which I have yet to do) and will put me close to the Fremont River, which is allegedly killing it on all manner of nymphs right now.

Fishinmagician: see what I was saying about Utah? These other gentlemen know what I'm on about here. I can't claim to have fished all over the West to make even a mild comparison of the best of the best, but I know good fishing when it's in my lap. If you, by strange chance make it out that way instead, let me know and I can definitely get you onto some great spots.

Posted on: 4/5 3:25

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Re: Trip out west

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Go to the Henry's Fork Lodge (for first class accommodations) or Trout Hunter Lodge ( for something more down to earth) in Last Chance/island Park, Idaho on the Henry's Fork. Hire a guide from either the lodge or from Mike Lawson for a Three day package. You'll discuss each morning which AAA water you want to fish. Drink every night on the deck at either lodge looking over the river. Awesome! ( this was my 50th present from my bride)

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Re: Trip out west

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Don,
If you're going to need lodging, I'd finalize your plans and book now. Yellowstone lodging reservations usually fill up in late winter.
I'll be down that way during that same time frame.
Early Aug, we're doing Upper Mich for a few days before Sturgis Bike Week. Then, we're metting a group of Erieites on the Big Horn for 6 days of black caddis, bwo and hopefully decent hoppers. After that, I have reservations for the 3rd and 4th week in Yellowstone Park (hoppers). Finishing off on the Missouri for trikes.
If you see a blue Honda Pilot with NY plates and a couple of guys with PHW hats. Stop and say Hi.

Posted on: 4/5 10:01


Re: Trip out west

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If you choose the Henrys Fork or the Snake, message me and let me know when you will be here. I live along the Teton river. Its a 10 Min drive to the South fork of the Snake and a 10 min drive to the Henrys Fork. The Teton is a gold mine for massive cutts if you are willing to throw streamers. and can get some local knowledge about access.

Posted on: 4/6 14:57


Re: Trip out west

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Festus/harry: thank you for the info, though I may have to divert this trip due to time/species considerations and hit it up when my buddy from Nebraska comes out here in May


Can you turn me on to any fly shops between Park City and Provo?

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Re: Trip out west

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I'll have to take a look - there was a shop I was looking at for a guided trip around this time last year, but I don't have the email traffic from them anymore. Let me do some digging. It would make for a good start for the OP if he decides to get out that way, too.

EDIT:

Nevermind - I found it in my "sent" messages.

Four Seasons Fly Fishers
44 West 100 South
Heber City, UT
84032
www.utahflyfish.com
800-498-5440

While I didn't use them, they are clearly a busy shop that does a lot of business in the Provo/Orem/Park City area.

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