I'm right there with you, Ive. I went up back in the late nineties, early 2000's. It was okay, but I wasn't even impressed then. I only went because I saw a write up by John Gierach in a magazine. Like you said, there's way better lakes you have to literally drive by to get there. I think of it as our sacrificial lamb. I was talking to some folks the other day that tried to go up. They made it, but every campsite was overflowing. They claimed that fly clubs are going up there and setting up shop, and just swapping trailer spots after 14 days. I can't verify, as I'd never get within five miles of the place.Jeez! It is hard to believe that so many people put up with the crowds and poor access just to reach Chopaka. I just don't understand the fascination with that place. There are over 8,000 lakes in Washington and you can't do any better than Chopaka? There are better lakes with bigger fish that are much easier to reach and less crowded. It seems like every newbie fly fisher has to earn his spurs by going up there whereas some of us old salts that were there 40 years ago wouldn't dream of going back and dealing with today's clusterf%#k.
Find your own Curtis Creek.