While I’m serious that I would rather be on an exotic trip somewhere, I assume you all understand I was being ironic in my post as I truly enjoy trout fishing.
The place is an alpine lake in Pitkin county Colorado near Aspen. I’m hesitant to be more specific in the open forum but I would be glad to share location and access via pm. Getting to this lake requires a roughly 3-mile hike (one way) and includes a 2,000 foot gain in altitude with the trailhead at 10,000 feet and the lake at 12,000’. The trail is well defined and moderate, but the altitude can make for a real lung-buster.
I’ve previously posted pictures from this lake but decided to make this post because I really liked the photo of the fish in the water. Typically, there is wind at altitude that puts a ripple on the water making seeing the fish challenging. On this day, with the water like glass, seeing the fish was as easy as it gets and I took advantage of the conditions and took the photo. I also videoed the fish and, if someone will tell me how to post the video (and if anybody has an interest), I will post the video as well.
On this particular day, which was this past Thursday, I had been fishing the lake for a couple of hours and had caught several fish when I decided to sit down and eat a sandwich. As I sat and ate, I saw the pictured fish swim past. It continued 30 or so yards, turned and came back. It did this twice as I ate my sandwich. And because of the incredible visibility I was able to maintain view of it as it swam back and forth. I finished eating, packed up my trash then grabbed my rod and waited for it to come back into casting range. The rest is history.
Regarding flies: I don’t think the fly itself makes much difference, but I do think size is key. Often, they’ll eat big and small. But sometimes small is a necessity. My two go-to flies are a size 12 Adams and a size 18 parachute Adams. Assuming the fish are willing to surface feed, it’s rare that I can’t get them to eat one of those two flies. Generally, I think they’ll eat any fly that is the size they are looking for.
Tippet: these fish are extremely tippet-shy. I use 6x fluoro. Even using 6x, expect to get a lot of last second refusals.
I prefer to sight-fish these fish and do so 100% of the time. I like to walk the bank looking for fish as opposed to fishing a ‘spot’. The fish are moving and I am moving which increases our chances of intersecting. The only drawback to walking the bank is much of it is scree down to the water’s edge. It’s very easy to slip or trip in the scree.
I’ve fished this lake with other TFF’ers and friends. Here’s a couple of Casey, 2fish4
Here’s a few of Justin, 5wtflyfisher. In the first one he’s ‘enjoying’ the hike up.
And here are a few pics from other lakes I've fished in the last few weeks
I enjoy both lake fishing and river fishing and usually alternate fishing days between the two. So, I spend about half my time fishing the Roaring Fork and the other half hiking to, and fishing, my favorite lakes. It's a wonderful way to beat the Texas heat back home!