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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Beautiful Backcountry Brookies

The long weekend is behind us but Karen and I saw what looked like a great week of high pressure over the mountains! Karen wanted to hike to a backcountry lake that is full of colourful brookies that love to eat chernobyls. Well it was going to be an early start to the day. We climbed into the Gulf station wagon along with Pepper the maniac elkhound at 5 am and we headed well into Banff National Park. We were heading up a steep trail at 8:15 am. It was a cool 2C so the walking felt great. After 2 hours, we topped out over a mountain pass and there was our lake. The sun was just warming up the lake area as we started to fly fish. The brookies loved rising up to our Orange Crush chernobyls. It was a big blue sky day and we had the lake to ourselves. We did see a few day hikers passing by in the distance although the only ones fly fishing was Karen, a loon, an osprey and me! 

The brookies are absolutely beautiful. We had 4 hours of steady action. By late afternoon, Pepper let us know that it was time to head back to the car! We wandered back.  We walked over 20 km and there was lots of up! It was one of those days in the mountains where you wanted to linger for hours and just enjoy where you were. The warm sun, great view, fabulous fly fishing and the amazing company made the day outstanding!


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