July 2012 brought us to Hope Lake Trail, and July 2016 will hopefully bring us back. If you’ve never been to Telluride, Colorado, you have to go at some point in your life. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen in America, and I’m from Vermont so I know pretty. A mixture of lush forest paths, rock studded landscapes and flowery hilltop meadows makes Hope Lake a picturesque trail anyone would be delighted to take a stroll on. Click here for directions to the trailhead.
Wabakimi Provincial Park – Ontario Canada
Giant northern pike and tons of walleye await you in Canada! Due to the recent death of my favorite fly rod, I’ve been forced to discuss other things with you this week, and I’d like to tell you all about a little slice of heaven called Wabakimi Provincial Park. Check it out for the full story and great photos of monstrous fish!
Jennie Lakes Trail
I don’t remember much about Jennie Lakes Trail due to a severe case of mild altitude sickness, but it was a really nice trail (I think). So instead let’s discuss the weird things I found while picking up litter with a Park Ranger, and you won’t want to miss the super cool diagram I made about whether or not you need a bear canister…
Death of a Rod
DEATH! It comes for us all; there is no escaping it. For some it comes much too soon (JFK, Abraham Lincoln) and for others it just can’t come soon enough (Donald Trump, Justin Bieber). And the other day it came far too soon for my cherished companion who was always with me and who shared countless hours of fun with me. Yes, death came for my favorite fly rod, my Redington Pursuit 8’6” 5wt.
Let’s Get High! The Altitude Issue
Shortness of breath. Dizziness. Disorientation. Nausea. These are just 4 of the symptoms you can experience when getting high. No silly, I don’t mean smokin’ the reefer, I mean hiking at altitude! Jeeze, what’s on YOUR mind? Today I’m going to stray from the norm of introducing you to a new trail, and instead give you my top 4 suggestions on how to avoid altitude sickness, or even the start of symptoms at moderate elevations.
Ice Fishing – St. Vrain State Park
When we first started this blog I was adamant that I was only going to discuss fly-fishing. But as winter sets in here in Colorado and the amount of open water dwindles I’ve revisited my convictions and decided there is no harm in expanding my horizons. And when Crystal told me about a free ice fishing clinic that was being held by Colorado Parks and Wildlife I decided to check it out.
We Accidentally Climbed The Wrong Mountain
We got lost and accidentally climbed the wrong 12,000′ mountain. Initially we had intended to end up in Butler Gulch, but somehow ended half way up Red Mountain instead. While it was really lovely, it wasn’t where we were trying to get to, and that was somewhat of a problem…
Jennie Lake – Jennie Lakes Wilderness
Misfortune turned into an amazing fishing trip when our plans went wrong. Check out Jennie Lake for some pretty sweet fly fishing.
Emerald Lake Trail – You Gots To Go!
Emerald Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the prettiest hikes we’ve ever been on. Check it out for some great photos.
Peppermint Creek – Sequoia National Forest
Andre checks out Peppermint Creek in Sequoia National Forst for some small-scale fly fishing.