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“I was up in the olympics at Hagen lakes and being a nice summer night I felt no need for a camp and simply rolled out my bed roll in the middle of the trail on the backside of the lower lake.^^^^ It was dark and I was reading my favorite historical novel ALASKA.I was laying on my back,in my sleeping bag,head propped up on my back pack and a pen light on my chest for light.Well I heard a noise of to the left.Of course I turn my head and am blinded after looking at this bright white page of my book.At this same instant I feel paws on my face and chest.Of course everything but my HEART froze,it proceeded to wake everything up within a half mile.I finally reacted with a yell and a exagerated strugle trying to get up.All I felt was a furry belly and the back paws making there way across my face and chest.By the time I got to a standing position this critter was over on the Skoke somewhere.All I could do was laugh!”
thanks for the welcome guys.I spent a few hours yesterday digging through this sight.The biographies of the old timers were special.Those boys were a tough breed with a definate love for our wilderness ereas.I always love the chance to talk to the few old timers left around here.I find the history and the stories of the past more entertaining than what is left.
I fell in love with the high lakes as a kid and it was not till after scouts and high school that I found hagen and others.I dropped of only because I became caught up in exploring the canyons of the rivers on the hood canal.I am hopefully going to fish under the high steel bridge tomarrow.Beating the brush on the lowlands of th olympics can be a tough route to go!
Did the trailblazers do any stocking here in the olympics?I always wondered if the fish I caught were wild or natives?
I could see where without a hookset that a treble would be more likely to set itself.Onother reason I got tired of trebles were my two dogs.It is also easiar to c/r a dog with a single barbless than it is a treble!lol
“I used to love that hike!Have not done it in probably 9 years though.My favorite time of the year was just after ice out.Early july wa smy target.The fish come out of the lakes to spawn in the creek joining the two lower lakes.Gives a guy an idea the size and numbers that were,are, present in those lakes!”
Well I told myself that my backpacking gear was coming out this year and it will.BEAUTIFUL FISH! Looks like alot of them were c/r too.brings back memories.
I have Heard of the trailblazers before but this is as close as I have come to interacting with you guys.I grew in bremerton and have been trudging around the olympics since boyscouts.Some of you guys amaze me with the places you have gone.Like Hagen lks.One of my favorites, but to go cross country from there???I have always wanted to drop down into the crazy creek drainage!It is challenging enough to get into there from the putmin trail.I guess my problem is most of my adventures are solo and the risk of injury keeps me from pushing the envelope that far.Nothing like a deep breath by yourself back in gods country though.
my monicker..ltlcleo is my favorite fishing spoon.I have got to say that I have at least a few hours fishing for steelhead with spoons.Get rid of the trebles.Trebles are great for catching anything but fish.Like weeds, sticks etc.They are likly to pin the fishes mouth shut causing the fight to diminish.Ut most they make catch and release unrealalistic.With bigger fish you are more likely to hook a piece of the soft flesh in the mouth instead of getting a good corner set.I have lost alot of big fish because of trebles.