Golden Trout

#17
Wow, people sharing? Being helpful and encouraging? No snide remarks? I am very pleasantly surprised.
Wallow in it....let it soak into your pores....taste it....savor it....it don't happen often!!

But here's another one....sort of; I think it was 1968 or '69 I hiked up Icicle Creek and in the Alpine Lakes region, Snow Lake, Nada Lake, etc. etc. and a fantastic trip it was (I related this story a few months ago in another thread)! Anyhow, I was getting very frustrated with the damn turtles snipping off my line on nearly every cast into the lake so went to the upper end and found a tiny feeder creek into the lake. Went up that little feeder a few yards, dangled my fly in the water and caught the most beautiful Golden...very, very golden....looked just like a fish-shaped gold nugget about 10 inches long and multi-colored spots on his back. Caught two 8-9" brookies out of the same spot and....I'm ashamed to say now.....had 'em for dinner that evening with my girlfriend - but that was then and this is of course, NOW! Wouldn't eat 'em now unless I was starving!
Also, at that time I didn't even know there was such a thing as a "Golden trout" until I saw it with my own eyes! Sometimes ignorance ain't so "blissful...."

Jc:)
 
#19
...Caught two 8-9" brookies out of the same spot and....I'm ashamed to say now.....had 'em for dinner that evening with my girlfriend - but that was then and this is of course, NOW! Wouldn't eat 'em now unless I was starving!...
You shouldn't feel ashamed in the slightest for eating those fish. That's what they're there for. There's absolutely no conservation value to exotic fish species planted in a historically fishless lake. In fact, you're possibly even doing the lake a favor by taking a few fish out.

Catch and release is a good ethic to live by...when and where it's appropriate.

When I fish a highlake and it appears that there are tons of fish and minimal fishing pressure, I don't lose sleep over keeping a fish or two for the pan. I had delicious cutthroat tacos two weekends ago at an offtrail highlake in the Chelan-Sawtooth. However, I frequent another lake of several acres that has rainbows over 5lbs in it....but there's only maybe 25-40 in the lake. It's catch and release only when I'm there and I cherish each monster brought to hand when there.
 
#20
Talk about some shitty directions from the Coach but.... there used to be a series of lakes (Milk Lake I think:hmmm: was the lowest and hit hard by fly anglers) not far from that eatery and hotel on the way down the Naches. The lakes were on the opposite side of Bumping, and the Naches and everything else on that side of 410 (is it 410? getting old) It had a stuffed elk in the lobby. I can't remember what the hell it was called. Anyways above Milk Lake and up in the elk trails were two lakes we caught dozens of Goldens in for a good couple of years and then never went that way again. Also caught Goldens in the "Greider" area;) which isn't far from Seattle and in one Alpine Lake a ways up which may be done now. Gotta love em! Beautiful in every way. Coach
 
#22
There are goldens in King County. Not native though, and the populations are probably not self sustaining. The Hi-Lakers stock them occasionally in some of the alpine lakes.
The Hi-Lakers are not a stocking club, they are a survey club.

The club that stocks is the Trail Blazers. TRAIL BLAZERS.

(beats head against wall)

I am a TB and yes, I have a Golden lake to stock this year. The only way you will know what one it is, would be to either carry my fish for me, or marry me. There is some info upthread that is very sensitive, and some other info that is wrong.

I will leave it up to y'all to go find out which is which. Happy hiking.
 

junebug41

Junior Dave Monti fan
#23
The Hi-Lakers are not a stocking club, they are a survey club.

The club that stocks is the Trail Blazers. TRAIL BLAZERS.

(beats head against wall)

I am a TB and yes, I have a Golden lake to stock this year. The only way you will know what one it is, would be to either carry my fish for me, or marry me. There is some info upthread that is very sensitive, and some other info that is wrong.

I will leave it up to y'all to go find out which is which. Happy hiking.

I'm guessing if we marry you, we'll have to carry the fish anyway. But, if we carry your fish, do we have to marry you?
 
#25
Jack, remember the BONEFISH. She might take you to Golden Trout Heaven but what if she hates the flats........:eek: Those Alpine, High Laker, Trailblazer, Peak Stove, layered clothing expert, mushroom eating (nothing wrong with that!:thumb:) 6 inch trout types are a different kind of angler/personality Jack. She might hate Mojitos and Conch or God forbid linen clothes, summer storms in cabanas and line smoking, screaming, angry bonefish 200 yard runs!!!bawling: Don't be hasty!!!!!:D:D:D:D:D:D

Duffer
 
#26
Jack, remember the BONEFISH. She might take you to Golden Trout Heaven but what if she hates the flats........:eek: Those Alpine, High Laker, Trailblazer, Peak Stove, layered clothing expert, mushroom eating (nothing wrong with that!:thumb:) 6 inch trout types are a different kind of angler/personality Jack. She might hate Mojitos and Conch or God forbid linen clothes, summer storms in cabanas and line smoking, screaming, angry bonefish 200 yard runs!!!bawling: Don't be hasty!!!!!:D:D:D:D:D:D

Duffer
My bedtime reading right now is a book called "Fly Fishing: Best Destinations Worldwide". The other night I read about fishing in Chile, and woke up in a puddle of drool. I have to admit that I started with high lakes, but everything I've tried since has been a barrel of monkeys....except maybe chronomid fishing.:rolleyes:

Bonus points for places warm enuf to wet wade. Nothin' better.
 

ReelFlyBro

Team Short Bus
#28
One thing I love about flyfishing for Goldens is the habitat they thrive in. I've fished for them in theSierras, the Beartooths and the Winds. In every case that's meant difficult hikes through some of this country's most wild and remote places. Anyone who develops this addiction woud do well to buy Rich Osthoff's book Flyfishing the Rocky Mountain Backcountry and study it thoroughly.

Here's a Golden I caught on my last trek for them. It involved a 70 mile round trip hike over two passes. Worth it? Every minute!

nice fish. there are actually a few places here in MT where you can get to them fairly easy as well. just have to meet (and buy drinks) for the right people to lead you there :beer2:

gotta love the bt's
 

Brian Miller

Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout
#29
I am a TB and yes, I have a Golden lake to stock this year. The only way you will know what one it is, would be to either carry my fish for me, or marry me.
I know some lucky guy would find a one-in-a-million soulmate. I was a year round mountaineer for many years. Since then I have quite a few years of sedentary existance I'm now working hard to remove. I hope to join you and your colleagues in your endeavors soon. Happy Trails