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Unread 04-16-2012, 05:28 PM
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Re: Need high-country lake trout advice

Andy, If you choose to take a fly rod along, this fly is a must. I always have them in various sizes, from tiny up pretty big and I never hit the water without a dozen or so of these. It's called a Griffith's Gnat. I've caught more brookies, greenbacks, and browns on this fly than any other. Make sure you take along a good stash of these. Btw, are those lakes specifically stocked with "lake trout"?

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Unread 04-16-2012, 09:36 PM
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Re: Need high-country lake trout advice

Btw, are those lakes specifically stocked with "lake trout"?
Hicks - I'm taking the whole idea very casually. I don't actually even have any specific lakes in mind yet. The main goal is to take some beautiful hikes with my wife and the fishing will be a little bonus.

Thanks for the fly advice.
Andy Backus
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Unread 04-17-2012, 05:37 PM
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Re: Need high-country lake trout advice

I fish lake trout a ton, and have fished them from Canada to the Great Lakes (obviously MT the most, check the thread on MT Lake Trout) The above selections are all pretty good ideas. The thing to remember about lake trout, is that they tend to hang in the coldest water they can get, so getting deep is the key for summer fishing. I like a spinning rod with 10# line with a 20# leader (they won't saw through the 20# with their teeth) I like a brass/gold Kamloop spoon in orange with black spots best. Don't be afraid to toss out really big lures too, lakers are gluttons.
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Unread 04-17-2012, 05:50 PM
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Re: Need high-country lake trout advice

small ball of velveeta cheese on a treble hook a few feet off the bottom.
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Unread 06-08-2012, 02:29 PM
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Re: Need high-country lake trout advice

I only Fly Fish now, but when I lived near Aspen many years ago, we used to use salmon eggs on a small (10,12) hook, either with a bobber or split shot......some of the other suggestions here were also good such as the bubble and fly.

Try fishing near inlets and outlets.

The real high country lakes can be finicky though, like some cases you catch them like crazy, and in others you get no action all day, because some of those lakes have so much natural food, they can be real finicky like I said.

Don't forget to fish the small creeks, as many of them have large numbers of cutthroats and/or brookies.

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