Saturday, August 25th – Alpine Lakes and a beautiful creek…

Saturday, August 25th

Woke up at 6am from the cold – it was 35 degrees!! Glad I had my down sleeping bag with me. Laid back down until 8am. Wish I had some coffee to warm me up as I got ready to fish the lake.

What a beautiful alpine lake it was!

Fish rising in front of me as I walked down to the lake and it just so happened that the camping area is located near and inlet stream to the lake. I was so glad I ended up camping overnight here as it was such a beautiful place.

Water temp in the lake was 60 with the creek temp at 42. The steam/fog coming from the inlet was beautiful. I figured out the hatch pretty quick with a cream midge size 24 on 7x tippet. Caught a good number of fish in the two hours I fished it. Lots of small cutthroat trout to play with – amazing colors on some of them.

Drove up to the other Twin Lake where the trailhead to the Selway-Bitteroot Wilderness area begins. It was so beautiful and made me want to go backpacking into the backcountry for a few days but, alas, I had another agenda.

Then drove down the road and fished here and there along Lost Horse Creek and caught more Cutties on dry flies.

Went back to Missoula after getting coffee at Big Creek Coffee Roasters in Hamilton. Went to Grizzly Hackle for more flies and supplies. Flyshop manager Matt Bryn was very helpful with some great fly selections. Checked into my hotel, the Hampton Inn, and waited for Ernie, Joyce and Jeff to get to town to meet up for dinner. We ate at The Depot.

Depot 1

A very enjoyable meal – Walleye!!!! Yum! Afterward I walked around the downtown to discover that Missoula had a major festival going on that night with the River City Roots Festival spread throughout the streets. A very good band, The Infamous Stringdusters, was playing on the mainstage with other acts on smaller sidestreet stages. Went to Plonk for a glass of wine before heading back to the Hampton Inn for the night. Love the downtown of Missoula almost as much as downtown Asheville.

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