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By Transylwader
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[report]My childhood books were a rather large series of Encylcopaedia Britannica my late father gave me. I would marvel at the species of fauna and flora that lived in North America. In particular, the reptiles and fish that reside in the deserts of the South West. Visions of speckled critters, evolutionary marvels able to withstand some serious adversity got me really intrigued. I could have saved that 9 year old kid some serious jonesing...




I had bugged Zor some a year ago and luckily the lad caved in. It was on! I would embark on a childhood dream of seeing the legendary desert trouts, face to face...with a host bar none.

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Heading towards Oncorhynchus Gila Apache.

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In it's pure form, water can do some crazy shit.

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"Mike, get your fat arse out of the wagon, I am going to ramp this snow drift"

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Eating beakfarts at subzero temps

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This box canyon will hold onto her secrets at least till May.

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Getting some Vitamin D on the south face

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We decided to head south towards Mexico (mainly because I am a lizard pussy and am not fond of the cold)

Zor smashing his autentico "ring sting" green chilli burrito.

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A few convos revolved around a supposed creek high in the heavens that held the elusive Apache. So we rolled the dice.The drive in was perfect for a rental. I am looking forward to cashing in a AAA tow here one day...

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Did a bit of bundu bashing

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Zor scared the miners ghosts

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And the fucker proceeds in getting one of the most beautiful trout I have ever seen.

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I was really happy, I think the cocaine smugglers on the border heard me letting out a yell of proclamation.

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Place was stupid with fish.

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Headed back down the mountain to set up camp for the night.

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Create makeshift fridge

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Prep dinner

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This was the best fukkin deer I have ever "et".

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Woke up hungover but this view and this coiled bastage lifted my spirits

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After a series of carside cock-ups, I finally made it up the hill with the aid of Zor's wifes hiking sticks. What a view.

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A gift of femur for Kyner

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And just like that, there they were. One of just a few populations of native Gila trout in the world.

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I was mind, body and soul fukked. Totally speechless at the beauty of it all.

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An even rarer sighting

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Billygoat guide boogying up that dodgy as giddy-up section

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Ye ole Drakian salute for the missed prize

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I think a small seismic event happened when this guy ate my stimi

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Look carefully, Zor is way down in that canyon

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Cameras do little justice for the wonderous South West

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One last look at a very rare native trout of North America

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The cowbumps nodded in approval

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I often think how very fortunate I am to be upright and breathing and able to fuel that 12 year old delinquent that lives inside of me.

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From the Cape of Good Hope to the Valley of the Sun, each of my western odysseys seem to get better, take me deeper into the over-world of native trout. As long as these knee's done hurt anymore than they already do, I am going to keep checking the many species of speckled critters I hold so dear off my bucket list.

Samuel Clemens, you are a good bloke and I am really appreciative of you and your muy bueno backyards hospitality. Next time, I'll try your wife's green chili. Just make sure the metro of Phoenix has a well thought out evacuation plan...

Peace :cool[/report]
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By fly-chucker
#647355
Looking good Tranny, this TR checked all the boxes :cool
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By BigTimber
#647358
good shit, but have you caught a Taimen, Pussy! :cool
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By Obie
#647362
That's phenomenal dude, something I really need to do before I kick it. Thanks for sharing :cool
#647366
Zor took care of you, bigly. I would rank the Gila's waaay above the Golden on the bucket list. Unfortunately AZ will have to seek federal funding to recover from your visit...
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By stillsteamin
#647369
Holy shit, that was incredible. The places trout live never stop amazing me. New destination added to my list... fukkin hotspotter :cool
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By markl
#647374
stillsteamin wrote:Holy shit, that was incredible. The places trout live never stop amazing me. New destination added to my list... fukkin hotspotter :cool
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