Photos: Fighting the wind at 12,400 Feet in the Rockies

Written by: Jon Hill


The casting was difficult, but it was worth fighting the wind to catch these stunning cutthroats.
Photos courtesy Jon Hill

Another hike into the high country with some buddies yielded some amazing-looking cutthroats! There’s usually some wind to deal with when hiking and fishing at high altitudes, but this time it was a bit much. Gusts were pushing 50 to 60 mph, putting whitecaps on the lake and making it a bit difficult to cast. I was using my 6-weight Recon and it did its job perfectly when casting streamers into the wind and getting these amazing fish to the net!

Jon Hill lives in Littleton, Colorado and works in the digital-graphics field. But he spends almost all his spare time chasing trout in the high country, and his photos have been featured many times on the Orvis News. (See herehere, and here, for just a taste, or visit his blog, Ramblings.) He’s also a former Trout Bum of the Week.


The higher we got during our hike, the more the wind blew.

Tom shows off another colorful stunner.

This cutthroat that Kurt caught was certainly fat for its size.

The wind whipped up the surface of the water pretty good as the author cast to cruisiing trout.

Another cutthroat ready for its closeup. . . .

Tom fishes the submerged rocks along the shoreline.

It’s hard to beat the views from this altitude.

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