Sunday afternoon I decided to get out of the house and stretch my legs out. Hiked into a lake up on the Mountain Loop out of Granite Fall and fished for a few hours. This lake sits at about 3,000 ft elevation. There were still some snow patches along the trail but they were not an issue. Lots of blow-downs still and negotiating around them with an inflated float tube was interesting. Normally, I use a light weight packbacking boat, but I wanted to try out the float tube for a change. I'm pretty certain that I'll be returning to the boat from now on. The lake was nearly completely clear of snow and ice. One small corner still had a bit of ice and snow. The outlet had accumulated some Snow Cones, but other than that the water was clear and COLD. Normally, I fish this lake in late July/August to escape summer heat. On those trips I usually find a handful of Brook Trout that are willing to play. This trip, however, was not productive. The lake seemed eerily sterile of fish. There were a few tan colored chronomids coming off in one quiet corner. It was nice to get out and hike in the woods again. Fun to be out on a mountain lake. When the sun came out it would feel down-right warm. When it went behind the clouds you were glad for the jacket you decided to stuff in at the last minute. A nice cold glass of Brown & Hairy from Skookums was a welcome treat when we returned to my truck at the end of the day. Looking back at the outlet from the float tube. Looking at the main inlet. A couple of weeks ago the entire end of this lake was still ice & snow.