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I could have put this in the "Colorado fishing" section, but Rottal's right. We do need more posts here. What I'm wondering is, has anyone been up to Indian Peaks Wilderness area lately? I'm tempted to go check out Mitchell and Blue Lakes, but from my view it looks like there may still be too much snow. What can I say? I'm lazy. Any news?
 

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I'm thinking I'm going to hit this area sometime next month or early August if I can. But I'm willing to bet if you can make the trek now it will be well worth even if there is some snow, it as fishing is always better right after ice off.
 

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A few years ago I tried going to Crater And Clayton Lakes about this time of year. There was way to much snow fall still on the ground and I had to waite another couple of weeks. This year we had much more snowfall, than back then, so you may want to double check before you go.
 

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I would have to think if Brainard and Longs lake are open then Mitchell and probobly Blue would be accessable.There is alot of foot trafic up there so i would asume that they would pack down any snow on the trails.My favorite area is behind Eldora ski area,trails start in a old mineing town called Hessie.5 to 6 mile hikes but the fishing for Greenbacks is killer.Hope to have some post and pics in the next couple of weeks.

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First off I have to confess to being a lurker to this point. I was at Mitchell Lake on Friday and the lake is open and access is fine. Didn't really get to fish too long, so can't help you out there. I have come upon an interesting discovery and was wondering if anyone else has the problem. I seem to have an allergic reaction to neoprene, which kind of cramps my hunting and fishing style. Anyone know of alternatives? :(
 

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i assume you are refering to waders, if that is the case you might try the breathable kind and just wear some thermals under them if you get cold

also neoprene is rather inert also the nylon liner is rather inert they might not be the cause if your reaction is "alergic" it might be from some residue left on the material from the manufactureing process you might try washing them several times with a stong solvent/detergent not just soap.

it might also be a heat/abrasion rash type thing neoprene waders are tight fiting and dont breath so even in cold water you will sweat a little and then the abrasion from moveing in the tight waders can cause a reaction try some of the high end light weight thermal undergarments maybe even silk you want the stuff that will wick away the moisture and be soft and slick

hope this helps some and barring that you could just put on lots of natural insulation and wade in bluejeans

good luck
 

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Thanks for the replies, guys. I think I'll hit Mitchell this week. I'll let you know how I do. The Hessie trail does have some great water as well. I've done really well at Woodland Lake in the past.
 

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I just did some research on it. You can indeed have an allergy to neoprene. Its not as common as a latex or black rubber allergy but happens none the less. It is seen in scuba divers and flyfisherman usually. Better stop using the neoprene, sounds like right now you are having a general run of the mill allergic reaction. But over time some people become hyper-sensitive to an allergen and develope what is called Anaphylaxisis. meaning a severe sudden allergic reaction that can close off your airway causing you to suffocate. The last thing you want is an Anaphylactic reaction when you are miles from help!

Dan

I heard that LL Bean has a neoprene free alternative.
Dan
 

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kpetro thats one
of my very favorite alpine lakes.Usually i can catch 15 to 20 Greenbacks in an outing.Skyscraper actually has larger fish but they are a little more tempremental.Also Jasper had great Brookie fishing with a Brown thrown into

the mix every once in a while.Gotta get my butt in gear and get up there.

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Lyn-Have you ever caught grayling out of Woodland Lake? I went there originally because I read on resourceanalysis.com that it had been stocked with them. I've never seen grayling there, but there are more than enough gorgeous cutthroats to keep me happy.
 

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I had read that also,that must of been 10 to 15 years ago,just guessing.I bet when they got real aggresive with the Greenback reintroduction that they poisoned the lakes and air droped the Greenbacks.Tim Kelleys Colorado Fishing book says there is rainbow in there.Some of the fish in Skyscraper look like cuttbows,but with the thin air maybe i was seeing things.I am going up thursday with a friend and i will let you know how it goes.Joe Wright is the place if you want a grayling.I went there once about 5 years ago and they were easy pickins,long as you had a size 18 fly or smaller.

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I had good luck a few weeks ago with elk hair caddis and parachute adams in 14 and 16. I also caught a few on a small dave's hopper (10 or 12 i think). I fished Mitchell and Blue. I also tried nymphs at the inlets and outlets but wasn't any more successful than with the dries, so I was a "purist" (wretch) for the day. Seriously, at Blue, just get something buggy in the water.
 

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Fished Blue Lake last Saturday. Took a while to find fish, but found a couple looked about 10" or more to sight cast to. Got a couple of strikes on a weighted prince nymph but failed to hook up.
 
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