Trip Report Small Creek Honey Hole

Tmik

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The goal this weekend was to backpack to a lake where my fiance and I could catch a lot of fish. Amy wanted to practice fighting and landing fish before we have a guided trip in August.

Turns out, alpine lakes are a popular destination on a hot Seattle weekend. We got laughed at in the ranger station when we asked if there were any camping permits available at a lake. So, we pulled out a map and found a network of small creeks with a trail in the area.

The creeks were running high and fast, but I could see that there would still be some slow water around banks and behind obstructions.

It was hot:

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First sighting of the creek:

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We set up camp just shy of 7 miles in. The water was super fast at camp, so I wound my way through thick forest to explore downriver. I eventually found a log crossing to an island, with a surprise on the far end:

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I sat on this log and watched the pool, rod still in it's tube. After about 10 minutes of river contentment, I noticed what I thought to be a brown leaf trapped in the currents move oddly. As soon as I realized this was actually a fish, my eyes were able to focus in on many fish holding in the pool and feeding subsurface.

Strung the rod, threw on a Griffith gnat, and the fun began. I think I only had a total of 5 casts where there wasn't some sort of fish response.


They were beautiful:

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After doing a lot of confirming there were fish, I ran back to camp to grab Amy to get her out to the pool. She approached it Huck Finn style:

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Within fifteen minutes Amy tripled her lifetime fish count (it didn't start super high) and found some of the biggest fish in the pool.

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We put the rod away to give the pool some peace and sat on the log, easily able to spot fish in the pool by their red bellies.

The next morning, I went back to that hole without a camera and started trying to target the bigger fish. I could see some holding on the bottom, and it became a new challenge to try to get these larger fish to move off their spot. The biggest fish I caught was around 12 inches. He hit a size 10 stimulator.

Amazing weekend. I love exploring new water.