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A Terrifying Evening at Upper Falls Lake

This month from the archives we have a true story by Tom Bentzen about an encounter he had at Upper Falls Lake in July 2010. It’s a scenario that every Hi-Laker has thought about, but I’ll bet you never imagined it playing out like this. — Tony Curless, HL communications chair With the possible closing […]

Ben Eacker: Getting Home The Hard Way

This month from the archives we pay tribute to a Hi-Laker whose love of the mountains surpassed his life on this planet. Ben Eacker (1976-2018) was a talented angler with an unquenchable thirst for adventure. Follow along in this true story of survival and will power. Thank you, Ben, for this important reminder to prepare for the […]

5 Tips to Improve Your High Lake Surveys

A key mission of the Hi-Lakers is to provide lake survey reports for better high lakes fishery management. Surveys are generally submitted online. Some of the most valuable data for biologists and fishery managers may not be obvious. The following components deserve special attention and should be included whenever possible. Access changes – Report any changes to […]

Old Goat

[Note: HL communications officer Tony Curless is mining past HL publications for hidden gems, and here is one such from member Don Wicklund, originally published in 2004.] 2004 Introduction:  As I write this story some nine summers after the trip took place, I find I did some things then that I wouldn’t do now. However, […]

Hi-Laker Fishing Techniques

by Randy Clark Tony Curless is mining the Hi-Laker archives for treasure and here’s a satirical piece by Hi-Laker Randy Clark, originally published in 1994 in the very first issue of the club newsletter, “The Alpine Angler.” Generally speaking, most folks in the Hi-Lakers probably asked themselves when they joined, “What will this club do […]

Confidence is a Strange Thing…

Most things in life are enjoyed more when confidence is built. Have you ever thrown a spoon, spinner or lure, and the size and color combination was dialed in and you “just know” you were going to catch fish? It happens regularly…and you gain confidence. The same is true throwing flies. They have proven true […]

A True Fish Story for the Ages

My name is Rudy, and I want to share a story I love hearing from my uncle.   I call him “Brooster.”   Why Brooster?   I guess he just always seemed like a big rooster to me, so I called him that once, he smiled, and the nickname has stuck ever since. There were 3 […]

Bigger is Always Better, Right? ~~~Or Is It?

1) Big lures catch big fish! 2) Bigger/Heavier lines land bigger fish. 3) Bigger/More Stout rods handle trophy fish the best. 4) The Full Moon offers more light so has to be better fishing! 5) Catching Bigger Trout is more fun than puny 10 – 12 inchers. 6) Bigger Rafts/Float Tubes carry more gear. In […]

Build A Lightweight Raft

Membership in the HiLakers brings many benefits, and one of them is the opportunity to make your own one-person pack raft. This fabulous ultra lightweight raft enables you to fish the whole lake, and opens up adventuresome opportunities. Experience the lakes in a whole new way. The class costs $250, and includes all materials and […]

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