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Pretty weather at a high lake

By Troutnut on July 1st, 2018
After catching lots of small-stream fish Saturday, I drove Sunday with my wife up to a high lake for a bit of hiking and some non-serious fishing for stocked rainbows. I caught one, missed another, and didn't have time to wait around for more to swim into castable range.

We had a long drive out. The would be traffic across the pass on I-90 heading back toward Seattle, but I was eager just to get back down the mountain in one piece. We averaged 2 mph down the sketchy 2.5-mile Jeep trial leading back to the main forest road, where we could race along at 5-15 mph for several more miles.

Photos by Troutnut from Gallaher Head Lake in Washington

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CrenoJuly 3rd, 2018, 11:21 am
Grants Pass, OR

Posts: 288
That is some nice country :-)
Jmd123July 3rd, 2018, 2:23 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2354
Gorgeous!! Spectacular topography, high-mountain conifers, pretty fish! How deep does that lake get, it looks shallow from your photos...? Again, what flies worked for you?

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
TroutnutJuly 3rd, 2018, 10:19 pm
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2511
The lake was mostly shallow, but there's a deep part near one end where I couldn't see the bottom, and the fish were mostly cruising around that and rising every once in a while. I was pressed for time and anxious to make sure my Jeep survived the drive out (it did fine), so I only fished for 20 minutes or so. Two fish were working near me; I caught one and spooked the other with a missed hookset. The fly was a size 12 beadhead pink squirrel (Wisconsin pattern and my go-to gaudy attractor nymph).
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
Jmd123July 4th, 2018, 9:49 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2354
Attractors work, otherwise no one would have ever bothered coming up with the Royal Coachman, etc. You'll have to go back when you have more time! And trust your Jeep - I'm driving one now, considerably more suited to my "up North" lifestyle than the deceased Chevy Cobalt (that's another story)…

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
TroutnutJuly 4th, 2018, 11:09 pm
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2511
And trust your Jeep

I do, up to a point... the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is about as good as a stock vehicle gets for offroad driving. But the "road" was still a bit beyond what I'm used to. It worked out fine, though. Here's somebody's Youtube video of the drive: (copy and paste the link; direct doesn't work for some reason).
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist

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