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What They Eat....

In spite of all of the regional hype and hoopla, I'm not real big on fishing terrestrials.  I do pack a few simple hoppers to the river.  A few small black beetles too.  Ocassionally I'll even knot one on.  Ants? Never fished them.  Of course I've tied a few.  For a recent high country trip I tied a few more.  You see, I've never fished dry flies for high country trout.  Why bother I thought.  Too much work.  Those fish will usually eat anything.
But I'd read that golden trout were fond of ants.  And, on the first afternoon, with fish rising, I put the little ant to work.  Now, I'd seen no ants around the lake, nor any other bugs floating on the surface.  But, enough of something was getting the attention of those goldens.
As it turned out, I could have packed a single fly for the first day of fishing.  Not one pattern, but rather, one measly fly. A dozen or so scrappy willing golden trout enthusiastically ate it.  It seemed odd sitting lakeside, drying the fl…

Where They Live.....

With privilege comes price. 
 The cost?
  A three thousand foot climb.
The reward?
The purest gold in Montana.






Golden Trout Lakes Dayhike

I've bumped my way up the Portal Creek road a bunch of times over the past forty years.  Each trip reaffirms the fact that the road sucks.  Each rock threatens to jar the fillings out of ones teeth.  I quipped  that James Bond would have loved this road.  His martini would have been extremely well shaken.  Of course he would have thrown his drink all over the ceiling of his vehicle.

The trailhead serves double duty as it's the jumping off place for two trails.  One accesses Windy Pass (a nice hike in it's own right), the other heads off to the Golden Trout Lakes.  Neither trail is terribly difficult.  A fit hiker can probably make it to either destination in an hour or so.  Given the distance and relative ease of hiking, this makes for a nice day or morning hike (for those wanting to beat the heat).  Nearby Eaglehead Mountain and the crest of the Gallatin Range make for nice jaunts for those who choose to base camp at the lake.


It was a pretty day and most comfortable for …