August 5 - 6, 2017 -  Camp Lake

Method: Sight fishing a nymph and dry
Set Up: 8ft 4wt SLT Taper bamboo rod made by me.


Somehow, I don't remember how, I found myself with a day off from work in the middle of the week. What better place to spend it than Camp Lake!?!

My experience has shown that August is not the best time of year to fish the lower elevation lakes of the Emigrant. The high temperatures can push the fish deep and make them sluggish. I was unsure what to expect as I pulled into the trailhead parking lot in the early evening. I had two choices, camp at the trailhead and hike in for the day the next morning or head up to the lake in the dark. I decided to make the hike and so did about a half dozen other folks.

This was the second overnight trip with my new backpacking gear and it's still working well. The leg packs can carry 5lbs each and with my new tent and reduction in gear, I've been able to bring my total carry weight down to 25lbs.

I set up camp on a small patch of sand on the boulders just above the trail and went to sleep.

The next morning I took my time to enjoy my surroundings. Climbing to the top of the bluff above the lake and enjoying an almost Yosemite like view. This was the best part of the trip. Simply sitting back and relaxing in the backcountry.


Fishing was slow at Camp Lake so I hiked up to Bear Lake. Bear was fun and I managed to catch a handful of small rainbow trout before hike out and heading home.


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