Wild Basin Flyathlon Adventure

I have the great privilege of working in some pretty cool parts of the state.  One of the places that I work in this year is the Wild Basin drainage of Rocky Mountain National Park.  Yesterday, before wrapping up work in Ouzel Creek, and to explore the rest of the drainage, I ran up to Bluebird Lake.  According to most sources, Bluebird Lake is fishless, and the last quarter mile or so is damned near impossible to run (the grade is intense)…  But I wanted to check it out for myself.  So here it is…


A concerted effort to spot cruising fish in Bluebird Lake revealed none, so wanting to get my fish on, I then ran back down the drainage to Ouzel Lake…


After only a few casts, I hooked into a…


…brook trout.

While I love catching trout, this was a bit of a disappointment because Ouzel Lake, like many of the waters in the park, is good potential habitat for native cutthroat trout.  Anywhere there are brook trout, cutthroat trout are essentially screwed in the long term.  I hooked another couple of brookies, finished up my work on Ouzel Creek, returned to camp, hiked out of RMNP, and proceeded to the nearest beer (Oskar Blues seasonal saison) to complete my flyathlon adventure.  Good times.


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