Wild strawberries on the shore of the West Fork Encampment river
Sofie and Luli are 16 year old Colorado natives that met in preschool. Still best friends 14 years later, they're dropping in on some of the finest trout water on the planet and making two dads more stoked than words can say.
We got eyewear from D-Curve and bugs from Fly-Fishing Outfitters of Avon Colorado and we busted out a 20 mile loop in the Mt Zirkel Wilderness with fat packs loaded with fly rods, dried foods, and the unbreakable bond of father daughter love.
First camp was 9 miles in on west Fork Lake with a near full moon. Check out the elk herd in the background.
Sunrise was beautiful on West Fork Lake. After a breakfast of oatmeal and hazelnut butter we bolted for the main fork, where we hoped to find hogs swirling in pocket water.
The hike was beautiful with several water crossings and deer and elk tracks everywhere. Day two's camp was on the main fork of the Encampment River. There were bunch of rusty spinners, green drake and yellow sally mayflies coming off so we put in a good trout hunt.
Day 3 started with a whale hunt and when a storm rolled in we packed up and strolled out to the truck with a feeling of a satisfaction that I have to admit, was tinged with a little regret that it was all over a little too fast. Just like life. Love your people right now folks.