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Fishlake


National Forest Bordering Richfi eld, Utah


This stunning national forest in south-central Utah is home to 3,000 acres of moun- tain lakes and reservoirs, and 1,000 miles of trails. In 2008, a hunter on nearby Monroe Mountain took down perhaps the largest elk ever found in the wild. The famous “Spider Bull” is known to envious outdoors- men across the West.


WILDLIFE: This is angler country. Snag a 50-pound mackinaw or a rainbow trout in the aptly named Fish Lake. Elk, mountain goats and cougars roam these forests.


BAIT AND SWITCH The camp has access to 5 miles of private water on the Tarryall River, which means plenty of opportunity to fi nd a new spot when the fi sh aren’t biting.


WHEN TO GO: Never tried ice fi shing? Go in winter.


using the new Bath House. In true Broadmoor style, the Bath House blends the setting’s rustic ambiance in its stone, wood and tin and there are private dressing areas, showers, and soaps and lotions designed for Colorado’s altitude and climate. As we explore, I picture how guests spend


their days: The most ardent anglers will cast a line into the river as the rising sun burns off mist clinging to the water. Through the morn- ing, they’ll walk along the Tarryall’s oxbow curves, searching for trout swimming through the still water. The fi shing camp menus have been devel- oped by David Patterson, The Broadmoor’s executive sous chef, but the staff here prepares the meals and serves family-style dinners. Guests who catch trout may gather in the kitchen to watch or help Scott prepare a classic cast-iron trout dish. You don’t have to overnight at the fi shing camp to cast a line in this private water on the Tarryall River, because The Broadmoor off ers guided day trips. You can arrange an introduc- tion to fl y-fi shing at the Fish House, which sits by a pond on the sixth fairway of the resort’s East Course. In anticipation of spending a day on the Tarryall, we took a lesson at the pond.


Our guide, Randy Babas, quickly made me feel comfortable by saying, “There’s no right way or wrong way to fl y-fi sh.” Good to know because on my fi rst cast the line dribbles into the water barely a body’s length from my feet. The second cast goes farther, but on the third one, the hook snags my sleeve, and Randy detaches it. So he shouldn’t feel slighted, I swing the rod again and catch his jacket. While removing the hook he cracked with a smile, “It’s catch and release here. But, we also use hooks without barbs so guides won’t get hurt.” I gradually get the rhythm — keep your bent elbow by your side, swing the rod back, pause, then whip it forward. Suddenly I feel a tug on the line. “I got a fi sh,” I squeal. Randy coaches me nonstop once he sees the rod bending in a 180-degree arc: Maintain the line so just the tip of the rod is bent; strip the line, and let the fi sh run a bit. Finally, he scoops a 12-pound trout into a net as I jump up and down, screaming like a teenager at a rock concert. Randy helps me hold it long enough for Richard to take a picture. With a twist of its body, the fi sh leaps back into the pond. Sure it was beginner’s luck, but it made me want to race to the fi shing camp and cast another line in the water.


Pecos


Wilderness Area Northeast of Santa Fe, New Mexico


Nestled in the Santa Fe National Forest, this pristine wilderness area is off -limits to trucks and ATVs. All the better to hear the roar of the Pecos River, which originates high in the nearby mountains. The wild ribbon of water cuts through the forest to create ideal habitat for big game.


WILDLIFE: It’s one of the few places in New Mexico to hunt the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. The Pecos is also home to elk, deer, black bears and blue grouse.


WHEN TO GO: Alpine hunting for bighorn sheep is best in late summer or early fall.


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