Monday, June 3, 2013

Mt Hood Hike-in Trip - May 11

Mt Hood Hike-in Lake
Took a quick hike-in fishing trip up to the 4200’ level on the flank of Mt Hood Saturday the 11th of May – both fortunately [for the hiking] and unfortunately [for the forest] there is no snow at that elevation. This was to the SE flank of the mountain just of Hwy 35 – a lake that is stocked by air with fingerling trout.
We were very surprised at the lack of snow – even in the shaded and timbered areas the snow piles were few and far between. Many of the roads noted as closed by the Forest Service appear to be open – though a call might confirm [ours was met with an ‘unknown’ response – we forged ahead with a lower elevation back-up plan in place].
Jeff P/TVTU at the lake

The weather was phenomenal and the water beautiful – a few fish came to hand that were very frisky as well. Midges were the prominent food items with large ants [up to a size 8!!] blowing onto the water as well – the fish were not keying on anything in particular; a couple seemed to have eyes bigger than their stomachs in attacking larger flies with reckless abandon! Nothing like voracious mountain lake brookies! Always good to get out and remind ourselves what is available in this beautiful state. Let us know how you have been doing!!