Greetings friends! It’s June and we’re now a few weeks into our anticipated summer guest season! While we still wait for the rivers to shape up a bit from spring runoff, the fishing couldn’t be much better on some of our nearby lakes and smaller creeks. Hahn’s Peak Lake, Pearl Lake, and Steamboat Lake are offering some great early season action with fish beginning to feed hungrily on or near the surface after a winter spent beneath the ice. Some nearby smaller creeks have been producing, as well, while our beloved Elk River and its tributaries slowly return to their normal summertime flows. In addition to getting on the water with some of our wonderful guests, my wife, Rachelle and I had the pleasure of hosting Nate and Jamie Bennett from Jackson Hole, Wyoming and were able to show them some of our favorite early season fishing spots. Nate owns and operates Teton Fly Fishing in Jackson and is a long time friend and fishing partner. For a great day on some Wyoming water be sure to give Nate a call if you’re ever up in their neck of the woods.
We got the chance to christen Vista Verde’s newly-acquired float tubes on Pearl Lake and were fortunate enough to land a number of Cutthroat Trout and Grayling we found cruising the shallows. The action has kept up through our first couple of weeks and it’s been an absolute joy spending time stalking fish and swapping stories with our guests. The highlights and have been many thus far, but we’ve especially enjoyed creating some memorable family fly fishing trips for our guests. Getting parents and the kids on the water is what it’s all about and there’s no better place to do it than the high mountain lakes and creeks that surround Vista Verde Ranch. For those of you who we’ve had the opportunity to get out with already this season, thanks for spending some time with Bubba and I. And, if you’ve already booked your western family dude ranch vacation with us for this summer, we very much look forward to spending some time with you!