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Grandaddy Lake Trail
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mini location map2014-06-24
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Grandaddy Lake TrailDinosaurland, UT
Dinosaurland, UT
Backpack avatar Jun 24 2014
Backpack14.00 Miles 1,400 AEG
Backpack14.00 Miles3 Days         
1,400 ft AEG
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This backpacking trip has become an annual event. This time I took a niece and nephew along with two of our sons. This was a first-time experience for the youngest two of them, who had never backpacked or used spinners. They did great.
Overall there was lots of good fishing and the weather was warmer than expected. The mosquitoes were found in concentrated pockets, and we were lucky enough to avoid those marshy areas.

Day 1
We hit the trail and made it 5.5 miles to the north end of Lodgepole Lake for our first camp. Fishing was a good success for each of us and we had six fish for dinner. The two beginners caught the most fish (5-6 fish each)!

Day 2
We day hiked to Shadow Lake, where fishing was average. I caught 10 small ones and the kids got between one and seven each. They got experience with recovering lures from snags, by wading and reaching, and were pretty good at it.
In the afternoon we moved our camp to another lake with bigger fish. That evening I caught the biggest Brook Trout I've ever caught, by casting a white lure with white hair, after 9pm at night. I won't name the lake, but he's still there for (hopefully) next year.

Day 3
This was our toughest day or should I say our unluckiest. We made a trackless day hike to Doc's Lake, but had no luck with fish. The wind got cold and sprinkled some rain. One of the boys lost his knife and lures in the forest, and we had to backtrack for those. At 4:30 it started to rain and as we packed up some gear got wet. The good side was that we had the strength and stamina to hike the full distance back to the car, and the rain stopped after 2 hours.
Brook Trout
If you don't run, you rust.
-T. Petty
90+° 8am - 6pm kills
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