August 7, 2011

Amethyst Basin In The High Uintas

It's time for the annual week long summer scout camp! This is my first with this group of boys and we were looking forward to a fun adventure. We hiked into Amethyst basin in the uintas and I think the kids had a good time. It was a 7 mile hike into where we camped and the boys did surpisingly well. We fished Amethyst lake where all the scouts caught small brookies, many of which was there first ever fish. We had success using caddis behind a bubble and several different spinners. We also hit Ostler lake which was my favorote. There are some toads in that lake. We caught mostly cutts with a few brook trout and even a tiger trout that went 18" that was caught by a person outside of our group. Most the fish ranged 14-15 inches and were thick! again, fly and bubble when the wind wasn't blowing and gold jakes after that. Ostler should be on your list of lakes to hit in the Uintas if it isn't already. The mosquito's are really thick and a net is manditory unless you want to end up like most of the boys with over 50 bites each. All-in-all, it was a great trip and a fun memory.

Moose on the side of the road.

A few miles in

Now here is a sight you don't see every day!

Indian paint brush.

One of the many beautiful meadows on the hike.

Make shift raft anyone?

Now that's a mesquito!

On the way to fish Amethist lake.

Amethist Lake

My first fish of the trip.

First ever catch! Great job!

Another first!

Mountain goats walking above camp.

15" Ostler lake tiger trout.

Cutthroat trout

Ostler provided lunch for us.

Oslter lake.

Fishing some of the streems. They are surprisingly deep in places.

Just like a mirror.

We all made it back in one piece.

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