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Old 12-06-2010, 06:28 PM
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Best Winter fishing in the west?

Besides the juan and lee's ferry... What are the best options for fishing spots in the west during the winter? I'm going to have some 4-6 day long spans when I could get out and fish for the next few months and want to hit some more places.. Anything 15 hours or less would be great for me. Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 12-06-2010, 07:30 PM
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With 15 hours and a lead foot you could make it to Steelhead. There's a whole new world to get into. Just know that as with flyfishing in general, there is usually no coming back.
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:56 AM
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Depending on where you start from, it may be right on the limit of your 15 hrs. But the Green River up in Flaming Gorge Utah has some good winter fishing. The sections under Flaming Gorge Dam. And if you are up in that area you will have to check out Jones Hole on Diamond Mtn. It has some big fish in it if you are willing to work for them.
Also, if you go in the early Spring (Aprilish), you can get into the Rainbows Spawning on flaming Gorge Res.
I am heading up to the Green Right after Chirstmas and then we are planning on going up in April also. Flaming Gorge Resort has a nice little fly shop, guide service, and motels and Condos.

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Old 12-07-2010, 02:19 PM
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You could try the eastern Sierra Nevada outside of Bishop, CA - the lower Owens River is a very good fishery. It's not up to the level of the San Juan, but the scenery is spectacular and the Lower Owens is a blue-ribbon trout fishery.....

Check out Sierra Drifter's site for the latest update, they can give you a good read of what's happening.

Bishop is a 4+ hour drive from San Bernardino.

Here are a few pictures from some of our trips:

Hot Creek

East Walker

You'd have to fight some snow at Hot Creek and possibly the East Walker, but the Lower Owens can be quite good during mid-winter.

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Old 12-07-2010, 05:53 PM
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Aren't you a Colorado guy? (as in quite familiar with?)
It seems from what I have heard and read, Colorado has some really good winter tailwaters that should be in the 12 - 15 hour range?
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:30 PM
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You could do the Kern River or Sierras in Cali.
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Old 12-08-2010, 02:54 PM
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Ryan, try the lower Red River in NM where it meets the Rio Grande--I know I will be visiting that marvellous fishery sometime this coming winter/early spring...

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Old 12-08-2010, 03:03 PM
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that confluence can be a hoot. weather is usually pretty comfortable some of the world's greatest food is an hour down the road in taos. **** I'll bet there's a damn good restaurant in that rinky dink little town there at the two rivers rec area. I love that place.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:29 PM
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I was going to mention Hot Creek but, sometimes the road is deep in snow even though the water stays open.
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:21 PM
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I concure with Jones Hole near the Green. Football bows in there. The Taylor should be lights out all winter too though.

A "short" 15 hour flight would get you to Argentina. Its summer there when its winter here.

Wish I had about 7 G's to get there.
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