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The Gunnison River is a tailwater of the Blue Mesa Reservoir, and its really good fishing. Better known is the Black Canyon River section of the Gunnison which is further down stream, but it is still great fishing right near the dam. In fact, one of the trout I caught on my second day, was one of the prettiest rainbow's I've ever seen. Super colorful, just absolutely amazing! Also, there was something a bit surreal about this river. Being in the middle of a narrow canyon, with rocks on either side. There was an echo that made for some excellent noises when fighting fish. Every time they would jump, it sounded amplified. The fish were hitting streamer, but on the 2nd day, I started getting some fish on dry fly and nymphs. It was a really really good day. Please stay tuned next week for an absolutely amazing day fishing! I stayed at a camp ground overnight in a tent. The camp ground was called "Blue Mesa Escape" and I highly recommend staying there if you plan on camping around that area. If river fishing is not your thing, there is a large lake that have some record sized lake trout in them. Seriously, some are upwards of 50+ lbs! If you want to stay there, please make a reservation at the camp ground before showing up. They are booked up regularly because they are so nice and good prices.
I went to Vallecito lake to do some pike fishing, however the pike had finished their spawn, and went in deep. So during the camping trip, I heard of a beautiful hike up to a mountain stream that proved to be something I needed to conquer. I tried hiking it the first day, and got about 5-6 miles up the mountain before it started thundering and raining. So I tried it the next day, and made it a full 11 miles up to where the river was a bit slower. Even though I didn't catch any fish, the hike itself was worth it, and the scenery was stunning. Probably one of the most beautiful and dramatic places I have ever been. The river cut into the mountainside and created a breathtaking hike. Even though I didn't catch fish, camping is so relaxing and sorta a reset for life. I love getting out there as often as possible. There was a study that proved camping without any electronics for a 24 hour period can help reset your body clock, and help you sleep sound. This is what it does for me. Vallecito lake is absolutely beautiful, set in a valley surrounded by amazing mountains.
This was a blast of a time hanging with Carter and camping overnight at the small alpine lake by my house. Its so beautiful up there, and its nice being away and out in nature. Building a fire is soothing and relaxing, and its just so enjoyable to go up there. Not only did we get to camp out overnight, but we got to do some fishing for small rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and brook trout. Honestly I was pleasantly surprised at our mountain house breakfast meal. Unfortunately our backpackers pantry meal we had at night was not too great. But that mountain house was awesome! Tasted just like an omelet!