Most of the day hike alpine lakes are in fair to good shape

Tom Loe

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Getting off the beaten trail can be productive this time of year. Most of the day hike alpine lakes are in fair to good shape with some eager fish.

Parker, Kirman, McCloud, Laurel, Steelhead, etc... Callibaetis, damsel, scuds, and midges are always present in these locations. Terrestrial patterns like ants, hoppers, beetles, and FROG-ooop's did I say frog? Tastes like chicken...haha.

Anyway, bring both a sinking and floating line as you will have opportunities to fish both at most locations. The drive to locations are being planted on a regular basis, ya just need to get there within a few days of the dump to get into them. Streamers like Loebergs, Agent Orange, & Spruc-a-bu's work well with a full or heavy sinking tip line. The low light periods will have a fair showing of fish sipping midges and crippled callibaetis at times. Dry dropper combos fished on a long, greased leader can be very productive. A few locations are suffering from very low water levels and the boat docks and launch ramps are high and dry. I suggest you call your destination before making the trek up.

Pictured Above:
The brookies are fat and healthy at Kirman.
Photo #1: Special thanks to Don G. for this nice picture of a fat brookie he caught at Kirman.

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