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The Cowboy State

Posted by Shaun Ash on 16 June 2015
The Cowboy State
Fly Casting the Cowboy State.
We left Montana to drive and sight see our way through Yellowstone National Park, this is a fantastic short but packed scenic drive, full of beautiful vista, geysers both active and capped, hot springs and wildlife. We had breakfast in the park as Elk feed nearby. We where heading to the Cowboy State, Wyoming.

Wyoming was one of those places we had to visits, while a bit touristy, it's wide open spaces surrounded by jagged mountains,a massive river and stunning spring creek all compressed in a fairly small geographic area make it a not to be missed location and then the fishing.

The biggest  reasons  for my visit was to fish the Snake river with Adam and Christine and to peruse Jack Dennis's fly shop. Jacks video "Tying the Western Dry & Trout Flies" was how I learnt to tie trout flies ,the shop is now called High Country Outfitters, but my visit still removed an item off my bucket list.

We walked in to this legendary store to sight see and buy some gear, and with luck find a second drift boat that could accommodate Adams chair, the next person we ran into was the master fly tier Scott Sanchez another item ticked off, he was more than happy to talk to three Australian fly flinders about fishing the local area.

While the shop does run guides it didn't have any drift boats that was suitable, so that was that we thought ,but the stores guide manager jump on the phone to call other outfitters to see if they could help out, nothing in it for them just great service, unbelievable.
The guys from Snake River Angler contacted us later that day to organise the drift.

A day later we where on the Snake river a moving river it changes every day in fact as you look into the water rocks can be seen rolling down stream, you can hear them as well . Truly a new river every day, here more than anywhere the quote "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man"' could not be more true.

This day was spent fishing an indicator and heavy nymphs, with the odd streamer cast to the bank, it was a tough day, one where you had better enjoy the scenery?. I managed a few cutthroat trout, Christine manage a last minute fish proof sometimes all you can do is graft out a win.
Adam missed some chances but with ribs for lunch he was happy. 

A day later with the need to scratch the fishing itch, we visited Flat spring creek on the Elk refuge, here a long leader , small fly was the order of the day, it was tough with cutthroat trout  sighted feeding in the gin clear water, but we managed a four fish day pretty cool.

Before we leave Jackson hole there is two places that where standouts Bubba's BBQ was cheap, clean, the service was fantastic an the food was great. Next is the Whiskey Barber a great haircut, shot and beard trim. Next time we visit this area we will cross the Tetons and fish Idaho.
Author: Shaun Ash
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