The most perfect stream

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  1. Hunt4lyf

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    Streams shape Anglers

    Dave Hughes

    This past weekend I did an overnight in the Sangres with a couple of buddies in one of the most beautiful places I've ever fished here in Colorado. This was my first place I went backpacking at when I moved here 12 years ago and it's just as awesome now as it was then. Back then it was before Tenkara and I just fished the lakes with a telescopic spinning rod using bubble and flies but once I found Tenkara in 2010 my brain shifted to streams over lakes and I have this stream to blame for that shift.

    I've been fishing it for years now and in my mind it is the finest Tenkara type stream I've ever fished in Colorado as it's a fast moving headwater (Genryu) stream with a lot of native fish, pocket water everywhere and challenging terrain to negotiate including climbing waterfalls, wading fast currents and boulder hoping all along its course.

    As the Dave Hughes quote above states, this stream has shaped me as a Tenkara Angler and has formed my ideas and expectations of what I look for in a stream.

    So come with me now to my idea of the most perfect stream I know.


    From the trailhead the trail starts out easy but gets steep real quick all the way to the saddle

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    Once over the saddle the drainage unfold below you, 2 lakes and a perfect stream await

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    Once at our spot we set up camp and broke out the rods to see what we could catch, I managed a couple before it got to dark to fish and I kept a single fish to cook over the fire for dinner. It's extremely rare that I keep a cutthroat as I kinda feel sorry for them, they have a rough life, living in a rough environment and due to the ignorance of people far in the past they only occupy about 5% of their original range. These are Rio Grande Cutt's and they occupy closer to 10% of their range but it's still a far cry from what they did occupy although efforts are being made to rectify that situation.

    The stream next to camp

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    Dinner caught on a pink killer bug

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    I didn't take any pictures of the campfire that night or of camp but it was a good time, we stayed up late around the fire, drank a little wine and told a bunch of stories, couldn't ask for a better night with better people.

    I was up early, hoping to catch sight of the Bighorns that frequent the area but they eluded me.

    There is no finer a sight than early morning Alpen glow

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    Last nights moon over Tijeras Peak

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    Once everyone else got up we ate and headed down to the canyon to fish. It's not an easy place to drop into but once down there it's what every angler wishes for.

    Dropping in

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    Once at the water we took turns fishing since there isn't room for more than one angler at a time

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    What lives in these waters

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    More...
     
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    Perfect
     
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    beautiful fish
     
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    Lovely looking day ... though that pic of you skidding down the slope on your backside holding your rod had me holding my breath. Never actually have broken a rod like that but, well, you know, and that drop looks difficult to severe :) What you fishing with?
     
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    Great trip report. More pics please.
    My heart is aching.
     
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    Working upstream is always a joy as the beauty of this stream is worth the hardships to get to it

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    The pool of my dreams, there are monster Cutt's in there

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    Hard to tell in the pic but that's an 18" Cutt

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    A most beautiful Cutt

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    Thanks for coming along with me to my favorite stream
     
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    Awesome trip, beautiful country!
     
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    For God's sake, man, be careful!

    You're expendable. But that rod ...
     
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    Sigh.........
     
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    Beautiful area. Thanks for bringing us along.
     
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    Man that's some nice looking country- looks like good fishing too! Thanks for the pictures-
     
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    Beautiful!
    Love the Rocky Mountains!
     
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    Holy crap that looks like heaven!

    I must go..
     
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    Great trip report. Would love to fish a spot like that. Fish were truly gorgeous.
     
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    HAHA! I had to look at the pictures again to see what you guys are talking about. If it's the one of my buddy sliding down the slope he's using his hiking stick to help slow his descent down. It was a near vertical slope but the only decent spot to drop in. No rods were hurt this day although my other buddy did loose both his Iwana and his wallet, he later found the rod but his wallet was sacrificed to the river Naiad's.

    @Noddy The white rod I was using is a Tanuki Snow 325, my favorite rod for smaller waters. I did use my Nissin 400 with 23 ft of line on the big pool for the big cutt as I needed a long rod and long line to work it right.

    Thanks!

    Exactly how I feel when I'm there, both physically and in my mind.

    If you're ever out this way let me know, I'm always happy to take people out.
     
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    I'm inclined to agree with you.
     
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    What a trip! Thank you for putting in the time to take us along.
     
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    Simply beautiful, thanks for bringing us along.
     
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    Beautiful stream!
     
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    That first sunlight picture..... divine!!
    It now lives as my computerscreen background. Hope you don't mind..
     
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    Beautiful place. It's too warm on my local stream for the trout now, but this has me jonesing for some time on the water.
     
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    Easy to see why that's your favorite, it's a beautiful spot. I wish I had water around here that looked like that.
     
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    The pics of the landscape and the stream and waterfalls are great. Have you heard of Sawanobori? It's a type of stream climbing/mountaineering from Japan that involves climbing a stream to its headwaters, swimming pools and climbing waterfalls. Tenkara is often associated with it. The have some special clothing for it - I've done some research and wouldn't mine trying it. You look like your on your way to doing it.
     
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    I don't mind at all. Thanks!

    Thanks!

    I have heard of it, I've a couple acquaintances that have done it in Japan and I've talked with several fellow Japanese Tenkara anglers about it and I suppose I do a form of it when possible, no swimming but we climb upstream without leaving the water as much as possible but sometimes the waterfalls are just to much and we have to skirt around them. I am planning on getting a climbing helmet for streams like this as I've had a couple close calls when falling.
     
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