Hello all, long time lurker, first time contributor. Some of you might know me from years ago on another forum. I'm amazed by the amount of knowledge everyone has, as well as the willingness to share. I feel obligated to bring what I know and the observations I've made to the table in return. I've been fishing lakes since before I can remember, but fully switched over to fly fishing about ten years ago. I never seem to get out as much as I'd like, probably a pretty common thread around here. Lakes keep my attention almost year round, and I really like what the winter has to offer in terms of average size. Recently, I've been banging my head against the wall known as Lake Martha, seeing if I can rattle some sense loose. In the last 15 or so hours on the water I've hooked into easily three of the largest trout I've felt, only to LDR without even a hope of a sighting. In fact, I can't keep anything on, jumping the gun every time. Ugh. That aside, 2012 was a year of great fishing for me. Over the summer I found some amazing, fragile waters that produced some incredible brookies and rainbows, and were within an easy 45 minute drive (plus hike). The one I don't feel a concern over revealing is Upper Grieder. What a sweet hike, and some rainbows over a foot to boot. The fish there have bug-eyes and like a lot of line and a long leader. I packed my tube and waders in, but wouldn't do it again for a day hike. Shore access is probably enough that you can be successful, but a float of some kind is something I highly recommend. Also, the worst flies I've seen in some time inhabit that area. The fleets of black flies filled in the gaps through the fog of mosquitoes, punctuated with horse flies and hornets. The only escape was finding a breeze. There was one complete bust of an outing I took to Blythe and Chuckar in April, but I'm willing to bet I lost out to the birds. The stocking reports and timing pointed to an incredible weekend. I found Blythe to be a gorgeous body of water, and loaded with bugs. It looked like it was almost all shoals. Chuckar is like a coffee pot, and the bugs seemed to be even thicker. The ticks certainly were. I saw no surface activity and had no bumps down deep with fullbacks, leeches, or chronies. If there are fish left in these lakes, I'm guessing they're smart and of prodigious size. I learned quickly that you DO NOT sit or lay on the ground in that area. It came to me as I rolled over and looked at my tube and saw the red ticks crawling vigorously. Do you ever get rid of the skin crawling sensation after you've seen ticks on your skin, crawling? I'm looking to have an even better time on the water in 2013. I'll be looking to fish Martha until some of the other stillwaters warm up a little, and maybe head up to Pass as well. Big old, cold trout are just so much fun to catch. Anyway, thanks for the info already everyone, and I look forward to being a part of this forum.