Fortress Lake, British
A while back Russ told me about a lake in B.C. that
had huge Brook Trout in the 3 - 10lb range, Fortress lake. Being from Cape Breton
Island, where anything over 2lbs would be a trophy, I was skeptical
and never gave it a second thought. Then last year the park managers
at Fortress lake changed and the lake became somewhat temporarily
publicized. After purchasing videos of the fly fishing at
this lake I knew I just had to go see it for myself, not only for the fish
but because of how spectacular the scenery looked in these videos.
After thoroughly planning ahead, Russ, Calvin, and
myself loaded up the truck and started our early morning drive from
Calgary to Sunwapta Falls (the location of the trailhead) in British
Columbia. . . . . . .
Just when you think you're prepared for everything, we
get caught in a snow storm in August!
Good thing I put on shorts that morning.
Not a good sign.
It rained pretty much the whole way in, but that
didn't put a damper on Calvin's spirits. You can tell from this
picture that he's having a great time.
Perhaps a 60lb pack is a little much for a 25km hike,
but the extra luxuries were well worth it. Especially the quart of XO
We made it! Isn't it a sight to behold!
The Athabasca River crossing......
The weather was alot nicer on the way out, here
are a couple pictures from the Chaba River valley....
We didn't end up doing much fly fishing, the Brook
Trout were out of reach. However, the sense of accomplishment
after the hike and the beautiful scenery still made the trip more than
worth while. And now that we've experienced what the trip
entails, our timing and planning will be even better
next time. :)
One mistake we won't want to repeat, don't
leave your fly rod and belly boat setup overnight. Wild animals
love the taste of fly fishing gear!
Click here for my
2009 return to Fortress Lake. & Click
here for my 2010 return to Fortress Lake