Friday, July 22 to Saturday, July 23, 2011
My friend Colin joined me for a short overnight backpacking trip to the Crater Lakes in the James Peak Wilderness west of Rollinsville, Colo. Perfect temperatures and trout jumping out of the water combined for a great weekend.
I usually bring about a dozen flies with me, and they weren’t the right ones this time. Despite the enthusiasm the fish had for the real bugs in the air, they didn’t care for the flies I had to offer. I caught only one small greenback.
Destination: Crater Lakes, James Peak Wilderness west of Rollinsville, Colo.
Distance hiked: about 6 miles round-trip
Elevation: started from East Portal Trailhead at 9,200 feet, camped at first couple of lakes at about 10,600 feet
Temperatures: mid-70s in the day; mid-40s at night
Pack Weight: 25 to 30 pounds (carrying whole tent, food for two, etc.)
Notes: Bring more dry flies and make sure they’re small. Like a couple of weeks ago, the fly that worked best was a Sakasa Kebari reverse hackle with size 16 hook. Floatant would have been good. My little blue Kebari wouldn’t float after that greenback had slimed it.