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Old 08-21-2013, 04:10 PM
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Last Sunday I had some free time and headed up to the high country for a short hike and fish excursion. Of course, the camera came along with the fly rod. The road in was rough. I intended to not take my new car on any tough roads for a while but the lure of big trout in an alpine setting kept me going. The trailhead was definitely full but surprisingly there did not seem to be that many people around.

The first lake was only perhaps a half a mile up the trail. It had a couple of fish rising in the middle but was very low so I continued on to the next lake. This lake was gorgeous. The water was smooth as glass and every few minutes, a big fish would swirl near the far shore. My side was pretty shallow so I quickly worked around the shoreline to where the fish seemed to be working.



Some caddis were around. Every time one landed on the surface, it started skittering its way across until a fish interrupted its journey with an explosive rise. I don't have a great selection of caddis dries right now but an EHC seemed appropriate considering the light hatch and fish action.

My second cast resulted in a cutt slamming the fly but in my excitement I pulled the fly out of its mouth. Then came a long dry spell. By the time the next fish hit, I was looking around enjoying the scenery. Because of my distraction, I heard rather than saw the next take. The delay gave me a perfect hook set and the battle was joined.





The fish surged hard into the deepest part of the lake with my reel screaming. I would gain a bit of line only to have the fish pull more out. Slowly, the fish became tired and I regained line. I jumped in the lake since I did not carry a net and did not want to drag such a magnificent fish up on the bank.



Later I managed a couple of brook trout from a nearby lake but they were nowhere as large as the big cutthroat. Storms were building up near the Continental Divide so it seemed a good time to hike out. I'll be back again though. I like this new place!!!
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:18 PM
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nice cuttie David. Getting me excited about my upcoming trips out there....
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:14 PM
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David, Thank you for posting. How much longer will you be in Co.?

Pictures are excellent as usual. Look forward to more!!!

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Old 08-21-2013, 09:27 PM
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David, Thank you for posting. How much longer will you be in Co.?

Pictures are excellent as usual. Look forward to more!!!

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Breck,

I'm here for at least another school year and probably a couple more beyond that. If you ever have a chance to make it out this way give me a holler and we'll fish!!!

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Old 08-22-2013, 12:58 AM
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Nice David Enjoy it while you can. Won't be long before the snow starts to fly in the high country.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:23 AM
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David,
Awesome pictures and report! You are blessing your soul in that area.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:24 AM
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That's awesome David.
Fishing an Alpine Lake is something I've wanted to do for a long time. Maybe someday.

One question. With the water being so still, does catching one fish spook the entire lake?
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:08 AM
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That's awesome David.
Fishing an Alpine Lake is something I've wanted to do for a long time. Maybe someday.

One question. With the water being so still, does catching one fish spook the entire lake?
You know, that's a good question. I don't think that it spooks the whole lake, but I do know the action nearby died down after this fish. No more rising trout...
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That's awesome David.
Fishing an Alpine Lake is something I've wanted to do for a long time. Maybe someday.

One question. With the water being so still, does catching one fish spook the entire lake?
Last year while in the Holy Cross Wilderness I had a chance to fish Grouse Lake. It is a shallow lake and is full of thousands upon thousands of small brook trout. The instant I would cast and my line would go over the water, they would all disappear. I could still fool a few every now and again, but I could never figure out how not to spook the entire side of the lake. I'm also not the most graceful caster in the world.



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Old 08-22-2013, 07:14 PM
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I had that problem on a brookie lake high up in RMNP. The fish would spook from 40 feet away just from me walking nearby, much less casting. That bright yellow line was probably not helping me...
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