August 17, 2009

Wind Rivers, WY August 2009

When fisherman think of the Winds, the first thing that comes to mind is gold; and my brother and I struck it rich with just that...well, sort of. The gold the fisherman think about of course are golden trout that inhabit the high alpine lakes here. What a trip it was! We hiked a total of fifty rough miles in four days for the chance to get a hook into some of these beautiful fish and boy did it pay off! The second day in we hit a lake loaded with big goldens and ended up landing ten goldens ranging from sixteen to twenty inches, using spinners. The only thing that matched the beauty of the fish were the glacier covered peaks that surounded the lakes. We also caught small goldens using flies. We had alot of success catching Colorado Cuttroat trout as well. We also caught Rainbows in the fourteen inch range and small Brook Trout. On the way home we hit the Snake River for some snake river cutthroat trout. Here are some pictures of the trip.
20" Golden Trout
20" Golden Trout
20" Golden Trout "The Dalai Lama of Trout"
This is know as "The Water Slide"

Snake River Cutthroat

My brother with a Colorado Cutthroat

Colorado Cutthroat
Mountain Flowers
View of Flat Top from the Green River.


  1. nice pics...I spend a lot of time in the Winds...for really big fish go to the Indian side out of Fort Washakie...cost 120.00 for your liscence but worth every dime...100 fish days are not uncommon

  2. @anymonous....Let's not TELL EVERYBODY!!! That's how GOOD country is ruined.

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  4. Were you using the same lure on the goldens as the one seen with the cutthroat? Those are some great fish, my dad and I are heading up to the Winds this year and would love to hook a big gold! Thanks for the pics and the info!

  5. @ Anonymous: Nope but that gold jakes worked on every lake with cutts. There was only one lure that worked on goldens on this trip but that is mine and my brothers secret. my only advise is to think outside the box. Good luck!