The Story of Captain Black

I can’t honestly say that I have had a personal relationship with any trout that I have caught. Each one seems a small miracle to me, both in that I was able to catch it, and in its iridescent beauty. For the moment that I hold it, extract my fly and then release it back to river I am completely absorbed with it and grateful for the connection, but they remain somewhat anonymous even if I give them nicknames for

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How to roll with it and end up with a nearly perfect weekend

We headed up to Wyoming for Labor Day weekend with some loose plans, a few ideas and the potential to fish, ride and camp with friends. After a lazy Saturday AM departure, we set out for a small ranch outside of Boulder, WY that sits right on the bank of the East Fork river. On the way we took a detour up LaBarge Creek which, rumor says, is full of trout. Alas the road was more cratered than drivable and

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Piney Creek Trip Report

It is starting to get chilly in the mountains of Wyoming. Camping next to North Piney Creek last weekend our thermometer read 15 degrees at 6:30 AM, though it warmed up quickly with the sunrise and daytime temps were in the 70s. The fish took a while to warm up, too, so you have plenty of time to sleep in AND climb to the top of the mountains behind you and look for antler sheds. Or you can explore Piney

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Hams Fork/Smith’s Fork Fly Fishing Trip Report

Turns out there are a whole lot of fishable rivers in Wyoming. Hams Fork and Smith’s Fork rivers are both in classic Wyoming river valleys: wide open, short on trees, covered with sage brush and cow pies. Also very few people, which makes for a perfect weekend retreat when you need some solitude and quiet nights away from the city. Fishing in Hams Fork is a lesson in rolling with the punches. Even though there was no one around, all the

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