This was the fifth horsepack trip that Dr. Steve Peskoe and his boys Nick, Brett and Brandon have taken with me into the mountains of Wyoming. I've watched these guys go from small tykes to young men. Over the years, we have hiked and fished at some of the most spectacular venues the high country of Wyoming has to offer. We've caught rainbow, brook, cutthroat and brown trout. We've been stormed on at 10,600 feet, left boot rubber strewn on boulders from the Beartooths to the Bighorns and learned what saddle sore and chomping at the bit really mean. We've had great trips and each adventure has been truly memorable.
And this just concluded trip might have been our best!
On this trip, we set up a spike camp at 10,000' in the Bighorn Mountains then hiked each day to a different lake to fish, goof off and enjoy each other's company. Along the way, we caught golden trout, a new species for us, out of Lake X. We also caught cutthroats out of a lake at 11,000' and brook trout out of Mistymoon Lake.
Some of the lakes we fished were well off the beaten path. We had to navigate by compass and topo map just to find them, but the reward was pristine fishing and big trout. On these days, we arrived back to camp very tired and foot sore. It was all we could do to prepare dinner before we crawled into our sleeping bags... at least for Steve and me! But at times like this, we realized the advantages of using a horsepacker to bring good food and a comfortable camp to the high mountains. We enjoyed hamburgers complete with all the fixings, burritos, curry chicken and a cutthroat dinner caught at an absolutely stunning high mountain lake. These great meals went a long way to rejuvenate tired legs and weary bodies and put us on the road to a restful sleep that made us raring to go the next day.
Our evenings were seasoned with some great and often hilarious conversations. One of the great parts of watching these boys grow up has been for me to go from an adult role to that of a friend. With them either in college or going off to college next year, now it's just a matter of offering advice from time to time and the rest of the time laughing at their antics and jokes.
I'll let the photos speak for themselves and just say... guys... thanks for a GREAT adventure and let's hope we can do this again next summer just as we planned at dinner on the last night of the trip.
Written by Scott Heywood