Fly Fishing Weekend September 12 – 13…Catch and Release Information

June 10th, 2014 in High Camp Happenings

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As announced in the June Newsletter our Fly Fishing Weekend is in September. There is lots of information below. In addition here are some…

Tips for Successful Catch-and-Release:

  • Land fish as quickly as possible; avoid playing them to total exhaustion
  • Leave fish in the water while removing the hook.  Avoid bruising fish or rubbing off their protective “slime” coating.
  • Release fish only after they can maintain their equilibrium. If necessary, gently cradle the fish in the water until normal “breathing” resumes.
  • For the fish so deeply hooked that the hook cannot be released without drawing blood, cut the line and leave the hook behind; many hooks will eventually rust out.
  • In streams, release fish in quiet water.
  • Use single, barbless hooks. Barbless hooks are easy to make by squashing the barb with needle-nose pliers.

Our 2014 fly fishing weekend is coming up September 12 and 13. Ralph Byther, our fishing guru, will be on hand to make sure all participants have a wonderful time. When you meet him you will agree Ralph’s positive attitude and smile are infectious! In preparation for this event here are some answers to frequently asked questions. If you do not find the information you need below, please email or give us a call and we will help you out.

What fly patterns do well at the lakes near High Camp?

It will depend on whether there is surface activity (warm weather and flying insects) or not. If there is surface feeding, several patterns should work well. Elk hair caddis, Adams, mosquito and black gnat are recommended. You could also experiment with Joe’s hopper if you can cast along or toward the shoreline. This is not easy in either Julius or Eileen unless you are fishing from a raft.

If there is very little surface activity, then you will probably do best by going to wet nymphs. Definitely try gold ribbed hare’s ear and Carey special (or 6-pack, very similar). These nymphs resemble Calabactis mayfly and caddis nymphs respectively. It will be later in the year than most chironomid hatches, but there may be midges flying around as adults and the mosquito pattern can imitate those.

What kind of fish are in the lakes?

All three Scottish Lakes have Twin Lakes cutthroat (a West Slope strain). Donald has had some rainbow in the past. And there are small brook trout in Roaring Creek downstream from the lakes. You can try some of the pools in the meadow area near the stream crossing below Picnic Point at the end of the road. None of the brookies that have been caught here were bigger than 5 inches, so don’t expect a secret overlooked hole with monsters. But it is fun prospecting!

Is a fishing license required?


Anthing else to consider?

Because the back casting room is minuscule at the lakes, I would suggest bringing a spinning rod rigged with fly and bubble gear as backup to the standard fly rod outfit. That will allow you to fish some of the better spots, Julius especially, where there is no back casting room for a fly line, but there are good fish near the shoreline.

Our former fishing guru Gerry Erickson provided us with the answers to the above questions. Many thanks!