During our trip to the Yampa Valley in Colorado we had an opportunity to catch some wild Cutthroats at 10,000 feet in a beautiful alpine lake in the Flat Tops of the Rocky Mountains in the Routt National Forest. We joined Matt Millner, of Rouse Fly Fishing, from Heber Springs, Ar., and Mitchell Glass from Texarkana, Ar., and took our drift boats up in the mountains to the most wonderful alpine lake you have ever seen, which is only about a twenty minute drive from the small town of Yampa, Colorado. According to the locals the lake is 450feet deep so it is some really cold water and it is definitely the most beautiful deep blue colored water you will ever see.
The lake is just full wild Cutthroat Trout that willing rose to Elk Hair Caddis and Headlight Caddis dry flys. The wind blew hard making getting a good drift and holding the drift boat difficult but we managed to bring a number of fat and sassy Cutties to the net. It was a great afternoon and a nice change from the rivers down in the valley. If you want to check out the Flat Top alpine lakes let us know and we can hook you with Ryan Herbert of Yampa Valley Anglers.
“Life is Good on the Fly!”