Saturday, August 22, 2015
Fishing/Hiking in the Crown Jewel of the Rockies
...from Doug Pullen
From time to time, we all need to get away and chill out. Finding that special place where you can forget about the world if only for a few days is something to be cherished. Lake O’Hara Lodge; only 4 hours from Red Deer, is one of those special places for me. My wife and I along with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law enjoyed 4 days in what is often called the crown jewel of the Canadian Rockies. The pristine beauty of Lake O’Hara embraces an alpine experience that we look forward to every year. The only things you really need are good hiking boots, a camera and your fishing rod: forget the cell phone, no coverage here. Hiking is the chief attraction but fishing the area lakes is also on the agenda.
Being that Lake O’Hara Lodge in located in Yoho National Park; you need to obtain a Parks Canada Fishing License. The source water for the lakes is from glaciers so the water temperature is really cold. Even though the water temperatures are in the 40s, the aquatic insect populations are surprisingly quite active which are made up of mayflies, caddis, midges and some stoneflies. Even though the menu is diverse, the resident Cutthroat trout can be focused on a certain stage, size or colour of insect. The trout may only want size 20 Midges during the day or size 6 Caddis in the evenings and everything in between, it’s a real challenge to figure it out. Success was given to me using soft hackles, flashbacks, P-Quads and Tom Thumbs. I would have used size 20 midges but I can’t see the eye of the hook.