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Hey all,

 

I'm looking forward to the meetings starting up this week. In the meantime, I've been invited on a trip to one of the small lakes SW of Calgary that hosts Golden Trout. I'm excited! So far, google research has given me the idea that I need small dries and small nymphs.

 

Have any of you experience with Golden trout, and are willing to share any secrets :):whootwhoo:

 

Thanks in advance,

 

QT

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Hey all,

 

I'm looking forward to the meetings starting up this week. In the meantime, I've been invited on a trip to one of the small lakes SW of Calgary that hosts Golden Trout. I'm excited! So far, google research has given me the idea that I need small dries and small nymphs.

 

Have any of you experience with Golden trout, and are willing to share any secrets :):whootwhoo:

 

Thanks in advance,

 

QT

Hi Quentin,

 

I fished for goldern's in the High Serrias in California. Never fished for them in Southern Alberta.These species of trout mostly live in high altitude lakes and small creeks. It was a three mile hike to the lake in question, so I had to pack light. Carry a full selection of your favorite dries and nymphs and fish them as you would normally.

As with most most high altitude lakes and it's getting late in the season, it will depend on temperature, which drives bug activity. In saying that the most productive patterns for dries for me were attractor patterns royal trudes, wulff's and caddis in seize 16 to 14. And nymphs seizes 10 to 16 medium weighted - I had bead heads, prince, gold ribbed hare's ear and pheasants. These trout are not too picky. Hope you are very successful.

 

Great meeting you tonight, pleasure hearing reports from the group.

Roy

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I've never gone myself, but I know two guys who've had reasonable success. One said nothing bigger than a size 20 would work, but pattern and color made no difference. The other caught all his fish on terrestrials. Just ants and beetles, though, no hoppers up that high. Both were at Rainy Ridge.

 

Also, I've read a bunch of articles, and it seems people have had luck on just about everything; nymphs, soft-hackles, dries, wets, even one guy who caught fish on #12 wooly buggers. I'd say as a general rule, variety is the key. I imagine you're packing pretty light, so sort a flybox specifically for this trip, giving priority to general impressionistic flies, and attractors. Leave the big stuff at home.

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Hello and welcome to the club. I have hiked into both Barnaby/Southfork and Rainy lakes. They are quite different in several ways, especially regarding the hike in. When I went to Barnaby ridge, it was for one day and we were greeted with gale force winds and trout that were already full of scuds before we arrived. I say this because there were literally clouds of them swimming around. I had the exact imitation, presented it perfectly to cruising trout and they just looked and carried on. Nothing seemed to work for any of us that day. It was one of the most memorial and beautiful skunks to date. Rainy was much more willing to give up her bounty, mind you we stayed there for 3 days. We mostly caught them hanging Catatonic Leeches or Mountain Midges off indicators. As some have already mentioned, bring along as wide variety of flies you can carry in the nymphs, leeches, scuds and dry fly boxes. You never know what they are in to up there. Again, a spectacular place to fish. With the Goldens, size really doesn't matter (only in the flies you use ie: small). Once you have had on in your net and have seen, 1st hand, their beauty.................WOW! There are no pictures I have seen that can truly capture the stunning colors of these trout. I guess it's just the whole experience of getting there and the rarity that makes it all worthwhile. I wish you the best of luck.

If you want more details, I am more than happy to lend a hand. PM me

 

Chuck Harvey :D

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Thanks for the tips, everyone. It was a great trip, though a bit unsuccessful, as far as Golden Trout go.

 

 

Here's one of the reasons....take a look at the wind...

 

 

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But..I did catch my first cutthrout :)

 

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we plan on going again next summer.

 

QT

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