Photos: Gates of Lodore, Green River

Sometimes enjoying a river has nothing to do with fishing. Well, almost nothing...

One of those trips was a float I took this past October down one of the west's great tail-waters. My wife, me, and 13 friends took a gamble on the weather and floated for almost 50 miles through the Gates of Lodore on the Green River, just below all the quality trout water.

While a little chilly, it proved to be an almost perfect four days with not a drop of precipitation seen. We did fish a littlev--catching a few smallies and a couple large trout--but beyond the fishing, the trip reminded me why I love floating rivers for more than a day at a time. Time slows down, you learn to look around and appreciate where you are and why you get out and do things like fish, hunt, float, and camp. Life's pretty simple ... All that matters is staying dry, eating good food, throwing back a few drinks, enjoying the wonderful company, and taking in the view.

Enjoy the pics.