A one fish day

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  1. Hunt4lyf

    Hunt4lyf Guide Bushclass I

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    A friend of mine was telling me that he was wanting to go chase Grayling so we made plans and left town early intending to hit the country around the South Fork of the Arkansas River. After nearly 3 hours of driving we had an issue with the road we needed to use to access to drainage, it was blocked by a massive avalanche over the winter and they were in the process of clearing it and there was no way around it.

    Now I remembered another lake in the next drainage north of us that was supposed to have Grayling in it so off we went. One thing I didn't know about this lake was how rough the road was to get to it, 3 miles took about 50 minutes of low range rock crawling had us within about a mile of the lake.

    I wish I had some pictures of the road in but I didn't think of it as I was having to much fun to take pictures.

    The view from the trailhead

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    About a mile later we were greeted with this view

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    To say that the fishing was slow would be an understatement, there were no cruisers, no rises and no hits for the 2 hours we were there. As we were talking about going to the lower lake my buddy hooked a decent little Cutt, his first one in several year but still no Grayling.

    On my last cast I spotted two fish coming my way and flipped a killer bug right in front of them. As soon as it hit the water one of the fish sucked it down and there was my one and only Tenkara fish for the day.

    Arctic Grayling

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    After that we decided to head to the lower lake

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    We fished it for a bit but it seemed totally devoid of fish save for the one winter killed one I saw decomposing. We'd crossed this perfect little inlet stream on the walk in so I fished about 100 yards of it but didn't catch or see a fish which leads me to believe that it had winter killed.

    Even though it was empty of fish it sure was beautiful

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    One the way down we stopped and explored a couple of old buildings we saw, remnants of past mining ventures from a bygone era.

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    A reminder of how hard of a life it was up here. A lone grave dated 1857-1884. I left a flower on the headstone for this unnamed miner and we headed home.

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    Thanks for reading...
     
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  2. Teeps

    Teeps Hobbyist Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Looks like a great time even if the fish were being finicky. Thanks for the report!
     
  3. Primordial

    Primordial MOA #40 Supporter

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    That looked like great a jaunt out. At least you guys didn't get skunked, but with scenery like that who would care?! Thanks for sharing.

    Catching a grayling is on my bucket list.
     
  4. Hunt4lyf

    Hunt4lyf Guide Bushclass I

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    It was, my buddy kept saying how great it was just to be up there regardless of the fishing. Thanks!

    This was my second time catching Grayling, last time I hiked over 30 miles round trip to get them.

    Thanks!
     
  5. gohammergo

    gohammergo I like sharp things.... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Looks like an amazing day. Even when the fishing is slow, it's still worth the time to get out. Thanks for the pics. :)
     
  6. Jim L.

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    Beautiful area. Looked to me to be a great day of fishing... maybe not catching, but still....

    Thanks for taking us along with you.
     
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    CivilizationDropout -MOA #17- Supporter Bushclass I

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    Grayling sounds like a great excuse to bump around up there... That looks amazing brother!
     
  8. MrFixIt

    MrFixIt Old Jarhead LB#42 Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    With views like that I wouldn't care if I caught any fish at all!
     
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    Jonah L. Archer ~Roughian #21~ Supporter Bushclass II

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    Yep, ^this^ exactly!
     
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