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I've been getting the itch to do some camping and fishing in the mountains. Unfortunately that's still months away, so I thought I'd post some pictures of an overnight backpacking trip to Moose Lake in the Grand Valley of Olympic NP. It's a good trip for someone new to flyfishing or anyone who wants to see some beautiful country and enjoy as many guilt-free trout as you can possibly eat.

The Grand Valley http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/grand-valley.htm is reached from the Obstruction Point trailhead (6100) feet, so the hike doesn't open up until mid-summer. Moose Lake is slightly more than four miles from the trailhead, and mostly downhill on the way in, through open country. You will need to get a campsite permit, available at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles. That said, the weekend I was there (early September) there was no one else camping at Moose Lake.

There are really too many brook trout in Moose Lake, but this makes it a great destination for someone just learning to fish. The fish are hungry and will rocket towards just about any dry fly. Use a fly that floats well after repeatedly being lodged in fishes' mouths. And don't be concerned about keeping fish for breakfast, lunch and dinner -- NPS would love to see every single invasive trout fished out of the lake, however impossible that task would be. I carried a float tube in, but didn't need it (and regretted bringing it on the hike out).
 

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Beautiful pics, thanks for sharing. It has been a long time since I have done a trip like that. I remember back-pack trips as a kid with dad where we had fish for breakfast and dinner. I am not sure I remember a better breakfast than pan-fried trout caught about 5 minutes before breakfast.
Thanks for the reminder.
 

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I can appreciate the float tube there until it was time to hike that sucker out. Awesome place that I've hiked to before being a fly fisherman. You are motivating me to get out there and get back.
 

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Awesome thread, I've just started acquiring backpacking gear and this looks like a trip that I would truly enjoy. My girlfriend who is still learning would love it as well. Do either of the 2 other lakes or the connecting creeks have fish?
 

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Do either of the 2 other lakes or the connecting creeks have fish?
I don't know whether the lake above Moose has fish, but someone at the Park Service can probably tell you. Grand Lake has fish. I fished it for 20 minutes or so on the hike out and caught a smallish rainbow and a brookie or two.

From what I saw of them, the creeks between the lakes are little more than trickles during hiking season.
 
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