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TOMYHOI

The lake is relatively shallow (8-15 feet) for 100-200 yards on the south end. Unfortunately, the bottom is mostly dead wood or sand from the inlet: not much vegetation. The west side of the lake is deeper than any other part. Looking at a topographical map will give you a good idea of the lake’s topography. Noticed mostly chironomids and caddis hatching. Surface temperature was 52-54 degrees. (Inlet temperature was 48 degrees.) The lake has many logs both drifting on the surface and submerged.
During the heat of the day the action was slow. The sun, however, disappeared quickly behind Tomyhoi Peak, at about 5:00PM; so for three hours the small pan-sized brookies (2-8 inches) were actively feeding. To prevent too many hookups with the smaller fish, I used a size 10 leech pattern and managed to land fish between 8-11 inches. The larger fish were browns, and they were at the northern end of the lake.

The scenery was unbelievable; however, the hike was difficult. If you want to catch wild mountain trout and that is your primary aim, I wouldn’t recommend this lake unless you enjoy serious hiking also. If hiking is your primary objective, then this is a challenging and yet rewarding hike because of the scenery.

An important word of caution: The north half of the hike is steep and consists of a narrow trail crossing a rockslide. I would not feel safe taking my children on it. Moreover, do not risk your life, as I did foolishly, by making this trip when a majority of the trail is still covered in snow! Mike MacGregor