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 […]

The Measure Net – Better than a Tape Measure

You know how to tell when a fisherman is exaggerating? His lips are moving. What do fishermen lie about most? The size of their catch. When you look up the word ‘Fish-Length-Overestimation’ in the dictionary you will find the following: “The act of habitually and impulsively, but not deceitfully, overestimating the length and/or weight of […]

2012 Executive Committee Meeting

On a day that started warm and dry at the end of June, the Executive Committee of the Washington State Hi-Lakers met at a quaint cabin in Skykomish. Many thanks to Don and Belinda Wicklund for hosting the special event! We discussed many subjects at the meeting, but here are the highlights: Dues – Dues […]

My Quest for Golden Trout

For centuries, people have traveled the world in search of gold. For years, I have been hiking the Cascades also searching for gold. I am not talking about the metal gold, I am talking about gold that lives and breathes; the golden trout. Goldens are native to a small mountainous area in California’s high Sierras. […]

The Only Constant is Change

“The only constant is change.” Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher (535BC-475BC) seems to have said it first, but it has been said many times and different ways since. The Hi-Lakers, founded in 1958 have changed a lot in 54 years, but what we do has stayed the same. In three words: We fish lakes! I bet […]

President’s Pack

Don Wicklund had some humorous adventures a few seasons ago. Read “Old Goat” here.   Special Member Benefit -Trail raft Membership in the Hi-Laker’s brings many benefits. One of them is the opportunity to take a class and build a 24-ounce raft perfect for backpacking and fishing the high lakes.    

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