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A buddy and hiked into the Greider Lakes area and fished the upper (big) lake. This was a quick overnighter and I didn't have much time to fish. I did manage to catch a couple of very small rainbows near the NW shoreline of the upper lake, using a Kastmaster lure. I read an earlier report in which another hiker used a blue & chrome Kastmater lure with success in the higher lakes. I'll second that motion, and my color combo of choice is the same - blue & chrome. For some reason, trout seem to go nuts for this color. I remove the trebels and put single siwash hooks on, and pinch the barbs. When I'm not fly fishing, this is my spinner of choice. Anyway, I will head back to this lake with my tube someday. I understand that Golden trout were once planted in this lake. That alone is worth the price of admission. AND, the price of admission is the 36 (we counted 39) switchbacks to the top. It IS a fairly strenuous hike, if you are carrying large packs. One thing that was kind of strange to see, but also kind of nice, were the Honeybuckets. Two bright, lime green Honeybuckets on skids (for chopper removal) sit along the west bank of little Greider. I'm not complaining at all, but it just seemed weird to see them sticking out like that in all that wilderness. Cliff

This last weekend, myself and two friends hiked up to the Grieder Lakes out of Sultan Basin. To get there, you take highway 2 east out of Everett, all the way past Sultan, and you'll go over a bridge. Just after the bridge to the left is Sultan Basin Road. Follow the road all the way to the end where there will be two forks to different recreation areas on Spada Lake. Take the right fork all the way to the end, where there is a sign that says Grieder Lakes Trailhead, a toilet, and parking. The trail is short but fairly strenuous (2 miles, 36 switchbacks) , especially while packing a 30 lb. backpack, but it's worth it. We fished the upper lake, which is about a 12 minute hike past the lower one. Even in the poor, rainy, and cold weather, I managed to catch 8 pretty, feisty little rainbows, ranging from 7 to 14 1/2 inches, all on a 1/8 oz. blue and chrome Kastmaster reeled about 6 inches below the surface on a slow, steady retrieve. I have found that Kastmasters seem to
work best in these higher-elevation lakes than any other lures. I picked up most of the fish near some sort of structure, such as downed trees, rocks, etc. However, if you want to camp, don't forget the tent in the car, and remember it just after your friend's dad left like we did on a cold rainy day, or you'll be in for a long, cold, rainy night. Luckily we had a fire though, otherwise it would have really been a regretful trip. Brandon Moore