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Monday, July 6, 2020

Lake Trout on the Icefield Parkway


We left Red Deer at 6 am. The canoes were loaded on the Gulf and the fly fishing gear and layers in the trunk. We knew the weather was not going to be perfect. Steve, Taryn, Karen and I know how to bundle up. The lake temperature was a frosty 48F. Hmm, I hope the lakers would want to play! It took a little over 3 hours to get to our destination and then we set to work launching the boats! Once we found some creeks entering the lake, we started to connect with lakers. We connected on 13 or 14 fish but only landed 4 lakers. We mostly used balanced minnows. As we fly fished, we could see avalanches crashing down from several glacial areas. There was a lot of snow melt too. The canoeing kept us pleasantly comfortable. Even though the day was rainy and cold, it was a good day. We even got to watch a grizzly, mountain sheep and a beautiful grey owl. We did see some emerging chironomids but I suspect that will happen as the water warms a bit!

We are planning a return visit. I hope the weather is better. One of the most picturesque areas to fly fish!









Steve Luethi photo








Saturday, June 27, 2020

Back to Tangling with Lake Trout


Lake trout on the fly is an excellent challenge. Steve, Rick and I have been trying to figure out the formula. It is not easy and the catch rates are low, real low-even blanketed. Lots of research has helped. When you do have some success, it makes a good day an outstanding day! Trying something different is a lot of fun. New scenery is always a plus as well!

The long weekend is coming. Get you gear tuned up and get out there and have lots of fun!

Images are courtesy of Steve Luethi and I!