- Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:58 pm
These adventures don’t always work out ins terms of the fishing, but they are always an adventure.
My plan today was to walk up to Lake 1, cross a saddle behind the lake, then drop into another drainage to fish a different lake, one reputed to have golden trout pushing 20”. I was able to convince
two non(ish)-fishing friends two suckers to join me.
The hike, I figured, was about 6.5 miles each way. About 5 with 4k elevation gain to Lake 1 then 1k up past that to above 10k over the saddle with 700 down to the lake. Easy day hike.
It ended up being about that, but with a lot of roundabout trying a pair of saddles - after a ton of talus and bouldering because, you know, no trail - then finally finding a way down that didn’t necessarily need climbing gear to descend (and ascend later). It probably did, but there were no fatalities so not definitely. We were the only people there, something rare for even the more remote lakes in the Absaroka-Beartooths.
I didn’t catch any fish. I didn’t see any fish, either, with only 2 rises seen, an hour apart, from a large, probably the same, fish. No cruisers, no dinks rising, no nothing. Tried all the usuals that typically catch me fish in the mountain lakes and some unusuals (for me such as watching a bobber with nymphs) and naught doing.
Good adventure, tho. I will go back to the lake next summer, but I will not take the route I did today. Instead, I go via a different drainage, which will be 12+ each way, and then camp for a weekend. Today ended with about 15 miles walked with 5700 elevation gain total. Like I said, easy day hike.
Good times. This was lake 11 for the summer and possibly the last. Hunting season starts soon.