Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Last Sunday afternoon, I drove over the Big Horns to fish the Wind River with Chad Olsen and Dan Cerven on Monday and Tuesday. That afternoon, I had to crawl over Powder River Pass in a blizzard, but I eventually lost elevation and reached the safety of Tensleep Canyon. Then, I was on my way!

Dan, Chad and I had a great couple days. We experienced some terrific dry fly action on a long-lasting baetis hatch on Monday and yesterday, despite some very cold, windy and rainy conditions, we caught some BIG browns and rainbows on nymphs.

After studying the forecasts yesterday morning, I was anxious to stay ahead of the storm, so I got off the river early while they continued on downstream into the evening. I was hoping to make it home ahead of the storm, so I threw my gear in the back, pulled off my wet raincoat and still in waders, took off for home.

No such luck! I got in yet another whiteout as I reached Powder River Pass. There, it was 25 degrees with a 40 mph wind driving the snow hard. The visibility was almost zero. I crept over the pass at 15 mph white-knuckling it all the way. After I got safely over the pass and knew I had dropped out of the worst of it, I stopped to get out of my waders and took these photos.

Was it worth it? ... you be the judge. 
I'll post some photos from our trip tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. Ha! I think we can all relate to that kind of craziness! Looking forward to the photos.