Friday, October 28, 2011

The Laramie


Walking back to the car, the sagebrush whistled as a stronger than normal wind blew steadily from the north. We were in the high country in search of some late season browns willing to chase ugly looking streamers. But on this day, it wasn’t meant to be. And as we broke down our gear in dejection, we found solace in retreating to the comforts of the modest SUV. Not having caught a fish, the “Crullers”, jerky, and Gatorade seemed victory enough as we formulated a new plan.
The look of dejection

The pavement of Highway 14 softened the front two tires, offering relief from the last thirty miles of Colorado “Grade 6” gravel that had rattled us back to the Poudre. Who would have guessed that my backup plan would involve this river…Besides me?


It’s good to have a backup plan.

32 comments:

  1. Sanders, the Laramie is a great place to fish. But all I can tell you is I love it in the spring and summer and it's been too many years.

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  2. Sanders, you had me at "But on this day, it wasn’t meant to be." In fact I didn't even read beyond that...except to enjoy "The pavement of Highway 14 softened the front two tires." Damnit, you write good.

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  3. Sanders
    If there's one thing I've learned from blogs it's the importance of having a plan "B"

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  4. Your plan B worked for me! I was just happy to be out enjoying the company and our time together in beautiful back country. It really didn't matter if we caught fish or not - that was just a bonus. Can I copy Kirk and say "Damnit, you write good"!

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  5. Russ- Thanks. Looking forward to getting you out on the Poudre soon...

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  6. I feel like I share some blame, poaching all the holes with my bad casting. That was a rough day, but we did manage to salvage it. The wild- and tame- life more than made up for the rough road and lack of fish.

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  7. Howard- I think we need to plan on going up sometime next summer...I could use a guide.

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  8. Kirk- It was a good suffering we shared on the Laramie in the morning. I'm just glad that we found some fish back "home"...Thanks for swinging by. I appreciate the comments as always.

    ...in other news, I'm pumped about the stickers. I have two spots already picked out.

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  9. John- I couldn't agree more. More often than not, a good plan "b" is all it takes. Cheers!

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  10. Jen- Thanks. The Laramie was a great time despite no fish being caught...and as always, the company you are with and the experience is more important than the fish...although, I was glad that we got into some back on the Poudre.

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  11. Jason- Poaching had nothing to do with it...I'm pretty sure that the fish of the Laramie were on strike that day.

    ...and that drive was well worth it, if for nothing else than the conversation and scenery

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  12. I missed out on crullers too!? Jeez, I was out testing flies on this day too. I realize now that I should've come. Oh well, there are fish to be had on Sunday!

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  13. Beautiful water and a good friend to share it with...fish are just a bonus anyway.I can't think of a better way to spend the day.

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  14. Late season is always tough amirite? Still, it leaves you time to reflect on the season passed, and sow the seeds planning for next year. Here's to next season! mike

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  15. I spent a couple hours on the Poudre on Friday. Just a subtle introduction to the lower river on a sunny October afternoon. Solice, snow, sunshine and happy trout. Look for the story soon...you know where.

    BTW: Plan B never works, unless Plan A fails. Way to follow through!

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  16. Geez, it's like I was reading something out of my own journal in this post, Sanders. The Laramie has always been a mystery river to me. It looks like it would be a prime fishery, but I've never done much on it. But some of that meandering river through all that private ranch land...there's gotta be fish in there! Somewhere!

    Anyway, great post as always and nice work reviving the mojo on the Poudre, your favorite river and mine!

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  17. Dave- The crullers were amazing...too bad the fishing on the Laramie didn't follow suit. It would have been better with you there, but it sounds like your field testing of new flies was a lot of fun.

    ...check the text I sent you. not fun

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  18. Jeff- We had a ton of fun. And I agree, fish are always just a bonus. cheers!

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  19. Mike- You are right my friend. To next year...cheers!

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  20. Dean- Looking forward to it! Nothing better than some quiet, paired with some happy trout.

    I figured since some friends were in town I better plan a little better than if it were just me...hence, plan "b"

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  21. JEG- Did your journal entry begin with a trip to a certain unnamed fly shop...anyway, the river looks so good, it just baffles me that we didn't even see a fish. Although, it was good motivation to get back up there earlier in the year...I'm guessing hopper season is pretty good in those parts. I'm convinced that there are fish there...I just haven't found them.

    Gotta love the Poudre!

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  22. A backup plan is good, as is a backup fly.

    Your lunch sounds good.

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  23. Brk Trt- I couldn't agree more. It's good to have backups.

    the lunch was made up by the kind of food you'd expect to be eating in a hurry...we must have known we'd be eating on the go. It was tasty though...

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  24. That didn't come out the way I wanted. Anyway, I like your attitude.

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  25. Lately I just head for plan B and save the gas! Growing older makes you lazier, or wiser... I think the latter, but I'm sure you young-ins think otherwise. Oh well, "Damnit, you write good" (credit Kirk)!
    BTW... got my foot propped up waiting for some FOOTBALL!

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  26. Larry- Thanks...I would like to think that growing older makes you wiser, but in my case, i have a feeling it might be making me comfortably lazy...

    glad you're relaxing getting ready for some football...i am doing the same.

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  27. Sanders
    I could take not landing a trout just to be on a river that beautiful. Awesome scenery!!!!

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  28. Bill- It puts things into perspective doesn't it. You feel a little guilty complaining that you didn't catch a fish from a place like this...it is a beautiful river for sure.

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  29. OOh Grade 6 gravel roads... I can feel my teeth rattling just thinking about it. Sounds like you guys had a good time. Sometimes the fish just refuse to cooperate. Thank goodness for plan B :) Nice report. Tight Lines

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  30. Trout- My teeth just stopped rattling. We had a blast, and its nice to have a plan in your back pocket that you know will work. Cheers!

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