At 6,000 feet up the Pintler Mountains, Georgetown Lake is considered an alpine lake. But unlike most alpine lakes, Georgetown is bursting with insect life and giant brook trout. A brook trout here can top five pounds, and they aggressively chase streamers like egg-sucking leaches, especially on the east shore, which has several natural springs. May and June are good months to fish Georgetown Lake, when the surrounding rivers are in runoff and callibaetis mayflies rise to the surface on cloudy mornings. Focus your fishing on the weedy areas like Stuart Mill Bay. By the end of June, damsel nymphs start migrating to shore, and a slow-stripped olive wooly bugger can draw strikes from hard-fighting rainbows. On these early summer days look for big sedges skating along the lake’s surface in the evenings — a dragged elk hair caddis is particularly effective.
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