The Pioneer Mountains are blessed with beautiful peaks and alpines lakes full of trout and/or grayling. Lake Agnes is full of grayling, no trout. It is fairly easy to get to if you do not mind a 1.8 mile hike that ascends 1000′.
Bring water, take your times, and enjoy the views this wonderful hike affords.
The lake has a wondefully sandy beach at the trail terminus. When I arrived, there was a group of early teenagers there with chaperones enjoying themselves in the water fishing and swimming. I’ve been told you are never alone at Lake Agnes.
I looked down the lake, which appeared fairly easy to walk along the edge, and spotted a small cove that seemed protected from the prevailing wind.
The shore was lined with rocks mixed with sand, while the lake bottom was all sand. Heavenly for wading.
I tied on a gray CDC Caddis, waded out to knee depth, cast to what appeared to be a bit of a drop-off and bang, first fish. A nice grayling.
I must have netted at least 8 graying in the couple hours I was there – but missed far more. Like a lot more. Using a hopper or a large goddard caddis was hard for some fish to bite onto.
To me, fishing for grayling is a lot like fishing for brook trout. They are not super pickey and are agressive feeder. But grayling are just so cool to look at! The dorsal fin, the irredecence as they swim to the net, and their snappy fight make catching grayling a blast. The grayling in Lake Agnes are not big, 10-15″, butwell worth the hike.