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    Default What would be your choice of flies at a mountain lake

    I'm taking my son up to the grand mesa, ceder mesa lake...browns, Bows, and Cutt's....the lake is about 10,000 feet above sea level.....lots of mosquitoes....what would you tie up for your fly box?
    if I'm not here...I'm on another line...with a fly on the end..

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    On my last two trips to 12,000 lakes in June black beadhead zebra midges #14, Ptails, and GRHE also #14 produced well. I'm doing another this Saturday and have added some damsel fly nymphs. A report I read yesterday said foam ants are working on the surface too.

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    Default Re: What would be your choice of flies at a mountain lake

    You can't go wrong with some smaller Wooly Buggers in black and olive, as well as parachute Adams in grey and olive in sizes 16 and 14, along with the venerable Renegade in sizes 16 and 14.

    Kelly.
    I fish, therefore I am - but I gotta go to work first..."piscari ergo sum"

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    Default Re: What would be your choice of flies at a mountain lake

    tanks...my son and i are already tying......9 days and counting
    if I'm not here...I'm on another line...with a fly on the end..

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    Default Re: What would be your choice of flies at a mountain lake

    The question that you should be asking yourself is what kinds of biomass do these fish eat?

    The high percentage trout bugs in lakes are Callibaetis mayflies and chironomids.

    Convection currents can blow in ants, gnats, and lady bugs from the lower elevations.

    Keep in mind that fish, frogs, and tadpoles are fair game.

    I would tie flies based off of my best guess on what the available food sources are.

    MP

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    Default Re: What would be your choice of flies at a mountain lake

    Wooly Buggers. After that something with rubber legs. One that I haven't tried but will next time on a lake is a callibaetis nymph.

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    Default Re: What would be your choice of flies at a mountain lake

    I used to frequent high alpine lakes quite a bit and did a lot of research into how to fish them. Two patterns I would not go up to these places without would be: dry - a good black ant pattern and nymph - an orange scud. These are my go-to flies up high if I don't know what's going on.

    Gary Lafontaine has a really great book about fishing alpine lakes, I just can't remember the name of it now. As well as John Gierach's Flyfishing the High Country.

    Good luck, I'm living in TN these days and long for the day I can move back to the West where I have high lakes within a quick drive/hike.

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    Default Re: What would be your choice of flies at a mountain lake

    My son and his buddies hiked into a high mountain lake near the Island Park area of Idaho and started and fisnished the day with a black bugger. Not knowing what to use this is really a perfect searching fly for those type waters.

    Here are some pics of what they caught and what they caught them with:







    Good luck, and let us know how you do and what flies worked best.

    Kelly.
    I fish, therefore I am - but I gotta go to work first..."piscari ergo sum"

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    Default Re: What would be your choice of flies at a mountain lake

    At high alpine mountain lakes, fish aren't picky. The have a short growing season and will scarf down just about anything that looks like food.
    Life is not like a bowl of cherries. It's more like a jar of ghost peppers. What you eat today might burn your ass tomorrow...

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    Default Re: What would be your choice of flies at a mountain lake

    My only high mountain lake experience is in RMNP. Typically go June/July during runoff.

    For drys, my go-to flys are griffith's gnat, para adams, orange asher, and black foam ant. Typically sizes 18-22.

    I don't typically use subsurface in June/July b/c the dries work so well. Can't beat the dry-fly sight fishing all day long.

    -Paul

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