Friday, March 13, 2009

a quick over-nighter on the Colorado river

Denise's eye view of paddling the kayak up river.
OUTTA HERE! a released trout rockets into the depths.
we took a quick couple of days to zip the two hours up to Lee's Ferry on the Colorado river for some boating, fishing and camping. we hit it just right as it was freezing & windy before we left and we came home to snow. it was a great re-charge to soak up some sun between the vermilion cliffs and pull some gorgeous trout from the crystal clear waters.

here's a sense of scale - that's Jeff in the lower right hand corner on the shore.

a beauty trout! the trout were really getting great color for the spawn coming up. we also caught allot of feisty, hard charging trout in the 10" range from last year's spawn. i'd say the fishing is really gonna rock in the next couple years!

Barry with a healthy 12-ish incher.

Jeff having a terrible time........

dappled patterns on an overhang from the sun on the water.

camping out on the Arizona Strip. the cliff in the background rise 3000ft. to the Paria Plateau

the view from camp of the Colorado flowing through Marble Canyon, which becomes the Grand Canyon.

our most excellent Longhaul folding kayak.

that's it for now. i'm finishing Simon's bike this morning, and starting Mark McD's as soon as i clean up the shop to where i can find anything! Steve.


Japhy rider said...

fresh off an awesome fishin trip, getting your shop squared away... i can't wait to see the frame come together.


Mimbres Man said...

Got to get my Klepper or Pouch up to the USA (Kleeper is the better fishing rig) and join you guys on these excursions. Looks great Steve!

simon z said...

Steve, that water is pretty clear! The few times i've hiked down the canyon the water was muddy as hell! It also looked like it was moving a bit faster where we crossed so maybe that had something to do with it. All those pictures make me jones for a road trip up north!

aki said...

Yep, Fish for Friday! I miss these smoked trout... yummy!