Rawah Wilderness Cutthroat Lakes Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"All the following cutthroat lakes are very high-altitude waters and tend to be covered with ice until July during normal-snow years. Weather at these altitudes can change very rapidly, and lightning presents a very real danger, especially to someone holding a graphite rod. Many of the lakes can only be reached by strenuous hiking. Take warm clothes, a first-aid kit, and food. Know your level of fitness, and time your fishing so you can reach your base camp or car before dark.
These lakes are stocked every other year with cutthroat fry and fingerlings for recreational fishing because, due to their altitude and coldness, they cannot support natural reproduction. Nevertheless, these waters are capable of growing cutthroat trout to fairly large sizes, some reported up to 18 inches. Standard attractor dry-fly patterns like a Royal Wulff, Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, or red Humpy work well on a fly rod or behind a bubble on a spinning outfit. Cast to fish cruising the lake’s perimeter, let the fly sit for a few seconds, then retrieve it slowly. If there’s no surface activity, cast a weighted natural nymph like a bead-head Hare’s Ear, let it sink a little, then reel it in with short, slow retrievals to attract one of the big cutthroat."