Alex Ford

Alex Ford is a traveling fly-fisherman currently in NYC. He is well known for traveling to world-class fishing destinations without catching ...

The Tri-Divide Cutthroat Ride

September 15, 2016

Around three million years ago, the cutthroat emerged as the native trout of the west by way of the Columbia river and its tributaries. Over time, the fish migrated and became isolated in the Great Basin and the Colorado river, setting the stage for this excursion. Around three years ago, I had the idea that it would be fun to ride mountain bikes and fly-fish through the headwaters.

We finally saddled up our aluminum horses for an exploratory loop which would take us a hundred miles, through the big and wild country of south western Wyoming. A vast network of lonesome singletrack connected the native residents of the tri-basin divide, and our fly-rods provided us with the chance to get a closer look.

The pursuit of these cutthroat almost always brings you to places that have yet to be spoiled by the hands of man, where they along with the other wild creatures are indicative of something pristine. We saw it down in the rivers but mostly up high on the ridge. We shared a camp with a herd of elk, and found ourselves cruising along on the same track as a Grizzly bear. Perhaps one of the most southerly, wild specimens on the planet, and certainly our wildest experience on two wheels. - Ian

Filmed with a GoPro Hero4 and Sony A6300

Music from The Iron Horse, by The Sound Defects -

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