PHWFF – QUANTICO / FORT BELVIOR FLY FISHING TRIP WITH
SPUR OUTFITTERS, LLC – BY RANDY RUEB
Six participants & two volunteers from the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Programs made a cross-county trip to Encampment, WY June 17-21. The group stayed at Elk Hollow Lodge, and was guided by professional guides from Spur Outfitters, on the Silver Spur Ranch along the banks of the Upper North Platte River. This portion of the river is freestone. The participants learned the true difference between freestone and tail water on this trip as the runoff was in full swing. Stoneflies were in abundance along with a few left over salmon flies and the beginning of a prolific Pale Morning Dun hatch which made for a fun and challenging drift boat fishing experience.
There was also a day of still water fishing on the ponds and lakes on the ranch. Being Wyoming in the spring, we experienced everything from extremely windy days with high wind gusts, blue bird weather to horizontal rain, and on the way home a blizzard and 25 degrees on the first day of summer! Even with the mixed bag of weather, the participants caught their personal best fish, with fish up to 22 inches in length.
The main benefit of this trip was the instruction from the professional guides. With the guides expert instruction and reinforcement, the skills level of each individual moved up to the next level of fly fishing. All this in an environment rich with up close and personal views of native animal life from bald and golden eagles, to moose, big horn sheep, mule and white tail deer, antelope – and one skunk! The environment in Wyoming is peaceful and relaxing. To say we had a great time while learning a great deal about all phases of fly fishing is an understatement.
A “trip of a lifetime” says it all!