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Mountain whitefish is a native species of the Greys River.
come for. I put on my waders and hit the
river about 20 miles from the origin. The
Greys here was fairly deep and fast. After a
few hours throwing almost everything in my
fly box at the fish with no luck, I changed to a
sinking brown stonefly I caught the whitefish
on the previous day. I let the stonefly drift
with the current and bounce off the rocks.
After 30 minutes I finally hooked up with
a gorgeous 12-inch cutthroat that put up a
fierce fight. I managed to bring it close to
where I was wading, grabbed a few pictures
then released it.
Feeling accomplished, I took a break
As the Greys River grows, it becomes a popular destination for anglers.
While this upper stretch
is fairly shallow, there
are some deeper holes
scattered along the
meanders and cascades
that hold fish.
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of the day. While this upper stretch is fairly
shallow, there are some deeper holes scattered
along the meanders and cascades that hold
fish. In one hole that was the result of water
flowing underneath a fallen tree, I caught
four whitefish of decent size.
Whitefish are fun to catch, but I was after
cutthroats. I caught a few more whitefish on
the first day and set up camp on the water's
edge about 15 miles downstream from where
I started. I went to bed defeated, but hopeful
for what the next day would bring.
In the morning I rose with the sun, more
determined than ever to catch what I had
from the river and hiked some of the trails
branching from the road. The Greys River
corridor has 82 hiking trails totaling 450.9
miles to explore and enjoy. I only hiked a few
shorter routes but saw deer, eagles and many
small mammals including ground squirrels,
chipmunks and muskrats. Many of these
paths take you through alpine meadows filled
with wildflowers.
I then moved down roughly 30 miles from
the origin. The river was wide, deep and
appeared to be the best fly-fishing area as
I saw many anglers along this stretch. One
I talked to, Scott, has fished the Greys for
years and told me how beautiful and special
the place was to him. He had not caught
any fish when I talked to him, but his fourcount
rhythm with a fly rod was worthy of
a trophy cutt.
After our conversation I continued downstream
where the river cut deeper into the
canyon. In the last section of the river before

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