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Carbon County A Land of Opportunity

Photography provided by Carbon County Visitors Council

Fishing in Carbon County is as therapeutic as it is adventurous!

A Celebration of Trout Fishing Opportunities in Carbon County by Jeff Streeter, Trout Unlimited This is not a where-to guide providing specifics to Carbon County’s best fishing. Nor is it a road map to all my favorite fishing holes. I won’t do that to you- promise. I refuse to rob you of the best part of a good day. I want to give you something more valuable. I want to invite you to a celebration of trout and exploration. Did you know that 55% of the North Platte River from the Colorado State Line to where Interstate 80 crosses at Fort Steele is publicly accessed water, more than 50 miles of great wade fishing? The Encampment River, a classic pool-drop wild trout fishery, runs undisturbed through 16 miles of public lands up stream of the town of Encampment; have you seen it? You should. Just yesterday I walked into great fishing water for the first time. It’s still the best part of a day, to lay eyes on a new piece of water; expectations high at the discovery of another “best fishing hole.” I’ve guided and fished in Carbon County since 1974. I’m still discovering new places. My invitation to you is this: buy a Medicine Bow Forest Service (FS) map, back it up

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with some Bureau of Land Management (BLM) maps, dust off your hiking boots, pack a lunch and one for a friend. Load up your day pack with insect repellent, sunscreen, water, camera, rain jacket, a hat, and get out there. Park your pick-up at the trailhead, tell someone where you’re going and start walking when the morning still has that cool, moist feeling. Enjoy the sunrise and treat yourself to the treasures of Carbon County, Wyoming. Do you know how many lakes are in the Snowy Range? I have no idea. I don’t need to know. What I do know is that I will never run out of new alpine lakes to fish. Study the maps, take a hike, float a river, listen to others and take notes, then go exploring. This is not a how-to fish guide. You can’t learn to fish by reading about it; you just have to go out and do it. A little instruction never hurts, but don’t judge a day’s fun by how

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