It’s the heat of summer and often I hear anglers complaining about how slow the fishing is. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many options for beating the heat and hooking up with nice fish at the same time.
If you’re used to fishing from a drfit boat, and it’s become you’re primary mode of fishing, perhaps it’s time to leave the boat in the driveway and use the quads God gave you. Take a hike into an alpine lake with your float tube and get up into the backcountry.
Float tubing is becoming increasingly popular and for good reason. Alpine lakes offer a great way to beat the heat of summer since it’s cooler at higher elevations and often provide a more solitary experience as well. Todays tubes are designed to be lightweight, have plenty of storage at hand for things like a few flies, lunch, a bottle of water, and they’re easy to pump up.
Most alpine lakes offer great fishing here in Montana. Float tubing alpine lakes is also a great way to introduce novice anglers to the sport as well. Fishing from a tube is very easy. There’s no trees to catch a backcast, and generally fish in alpine lakes are very user friendly from a catching point of view due to short feeding season. One of my guides, Sean McAfee likes to tell clients, “Actually, you don’t need to bring any flies…the fish up there will eat a peice of your shoelace.” And while he’s kidding, there’s a certain amount of truth to the statement.
Getting to and from alpine lakes is often an adventure in itself. Here on the Kootenai National Forest we often see cougars, bears, moose, deer, elk, badgers, and any number of other species while driving to the trailheads high in the backcountry. It’s a thrill for most people and the fishing becomes an additional bonus.
Next time you’re bemoaning the summer doldrums on your local river, consider getting high and heading into the backcountry for some float tubing on an alpine lake.